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Scott Shields Martial Arts Academy

(24 Reviews)

1544 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd Suite A, Matthews, NC 28105

(704) 573-3830

Today: 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Scott S.



Teaching the martial arts in the Charlotte and Matthews area for over 25 years!

Traci M.



Scott Shields Martial Arts is amazing. I have been taking Muay Thai there for over 2 years and it is one of the best things I have ever done! I lost weight, got in shape and gained confidence! Also I have made great friends there, as everyone is a team and works to help each other improve. Now I have the honor of helping to teach the kids classes and being made an assistant instructor in Thai. The kids program is great and I see huge improvements in the children in various areas, especially focus, coordination, respect, self-discipline and control and CONFIDENCE! Now I am even branching out into the other offered- Jeet Kune Do, Kali and BJJ! Fun classes and fantastic instruction. Whether you want to get in shape, lose weight, make new friends or just start a fun new hobby or even fight, this is for sure the best place in Charlotte (ok Matthews technically)!

Liz L.



This is the best dojo in the Charlotte area! My kids have been training at Scott Shields Martial Arts for about a year now and they love every minute. It is amazing seeing their transformation into more respectful and focused children while gaining confidence and self-esteem. The classes are fun and exciting and the instructors really enjoy working the kids and care about their training experience. Plus they have great events on weekends for the whole family and adult classes, too. If you are looking for martial arts for your kids or yourself you definitely need to come and try a class.

Josh R.



Training at Scott Shields Martial Arts Academy is an amazing experience. I take to the Jiu-Jitsu classes and have been there for about 6 months. I learn a lot every single class and even within a few months was able to apply what I had learned in an unfortunate self-defense situation to come out on top (literally)! Highly recommend the school and Sifu Scott Shields to anyone wanting to learn any form of martial arts.

Bruce B.



Scott Shields Martial Arts is simply the best in the business. I have been training in Jeet Kune Do for about 5 years now. For the first few years I tried several different schools and took lots of seminars. I hated floating around but I just could not find a good teacher and a school with a very comfortable atmosphere. Finally I found Sifu Scott Shields. Not only is he a WORLD CLASS instructor, his academy is an amazing place that his students can really call home! Sifu Shields is a second generation student of Bruce Lee, having gotten his instructor rank from Bruce Lee's protégé Dan Inosanto, so it is very cool to be so close to the source of Jeet Kune Do, you can't really get much closer than that! He really explains the material well and makes sure his students understand it. If you are having a hard time with something he will personally work with you to make sure you get. All of the instructors under him are very knowledgeable, professional and helpful and the cool thing is that the other students even go out of the way to help you as well! Everyone goes out of their way to welcome new students so you don't have to feel worried or anxious, you will not be out of place your first time. We are a big family and a great team that works together and always helps each other. Go Team Jaguar! I recommend Scott Shields Martial Arts Academy to everyone, children and adults alike. There are classes for whatever you are interested in, JKD (Jeet Kune Do), Kali/Filipino Martial Arts, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu and kids classes I think are MMA but I don't have kids so I am not sure. I love the Jeet Kune Do because of the philosophy but it doesn't matter what art you take, I have watched other classes and Sifu's teaching skill is so high it is amazing. Everyone has fun and gets good. I can't say enough good things about the school and I am so grateful to have ended up at Scott Shields Martial Arts Academy and as a member of Team Jaguar!!!

Marta M.



My kids are so happy here! They have been training for about a year at Sifu Scott Shields school and they have learned so much! I couldn't have picked a better place than Scott Shields Martial Arts Academy. Their level of discipline, respect and self-confidence has increased 10 fold and that is what I, as a mom of 3, was looking for. They are thrilled to learn the cool MMA techniques and get to punch, kick, spar and even as members of Black Belt Club do some take-downs and submissions. They are always begging to do the extra activities like Parent's Night Out and sleepovers. I love the environment because I know I can trust them to watch over my children if I leave them for one of the events. The instructors are patient, kind and knowledgeable and the kids have fun but are never allowed to be out of control. It is truly a great environment to put your children in and I can't recommend it enough!

James H.



I have been training at Scott Shields Martial Arts Academy for about 2 years now in the JKD (Jeet Kune Do) and Kali/Filipino Martial Arts programs. I have learned SO MUCH about self-defense, I am now totally confident that I could defend myself and my wife in a street situation. I continue training at this point because I have developed a sincere appreciation for the arts and for bettering myself through training. I just like who I have become since I started. I enjoy progressing through the ranks and building on my knowledge and hope someday to become an instructor. I also really like the people at the school, it is just a great environment and they are definitely the type of people you want to surround yourself with. If you are looking for a world class instructor than Sifu Scott Shields is who you want and if you want practical self-defense you will be able to apply from day one you should try the JKD and Kali classes. You will be glad you did!

Mary W.



I love training at Scott Shields Martial Arts Academy! I have been doing the American Combat Jiu-Jitsu class for about a year and it has completely changed my life. I just LOVE training, I train 5-7 days a week and do private lessons and am even planning on competing! I have made life-long friends, gotten amazing mentors in Sifu Shields and the other instructors and gained confidence in myself. I have lost weight and gotten in better shape and it has motivated me to work out outside of class as well. I am so grateful to have found the Team Jaguar family. It has made such a huge positive impact on my life, I cannot imagine where I would be now without it!

Teegan C.



Scott Shields Martial Arts Academy is a godsend! I cannot say enough good things about the instructors. They are knowledgeable and fun and really care about getting you good. A family and team atmosphere permeate the whole school. Not only the instructors but the students go out of their way to make sure you are having a good time and getting the moves correctly. I have been taking their Muay Thai Kickboxing class for 3 months and have lost 20 lbs and toned up! It is such a fun and awesome work out! My kids are in the children's class and they LOVE it! They can't wait to come to class on Tues and Thurs! I love watching them lean self-defense but more so about respect, self-discipline and teamwork. The kids really are an amazing team, no one ever gets left out or bullied and they show amazing sportsmanship. My children love being on Team Jaguar and so do I!

Jon M.



Scott Shields MMA is an awesome place to train. I am a family man and we all participate. I love the Jiu Jitsu classes and rolling is so much fun and I get a great workout. My wife is thrilled because she has lost 20 lbs and still going in her Muay Thai Kickboxing class and my kids love their classes as well and I am very happy seeing their confidence grow and not having to worry about them getting bullied in school and not know what to do. Can't reccomment this place enough.

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