White Dragon Academy provides the best martial arts experience to Sylva and the surrounding communities of the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. Our mission at White Dragon Academy is to guide our students to achieve a higher quality of life through professional martial arts by developing physical and mental self-awareness.

Our programs teach our adult and youth students the life skills and character traits needed to become positive role models of the community.  Our instructors have years of leadership experience; leadership by example in our day-to-day lives is one of the best instructional tools we utilize for our students.


We believe that the rising threat of violence in American communities, along with the exponential rise in school bullying against our youth, has brought cause to take a firm stance opposing such activities.

We instruct that physical force is always the last resort to defend oneself, but it IS an option.  We teach the 3 Rules of Self-Defense:  To Walk or Run Away; To Try and Talk Your Way Out of It; To Only Use Enough Force to Stop the Action.  Our goal:  our students have the ability to return safely to their husbands, wives, parents, or family by the end of each day.


The Academy is located at 414 Skyland Drive in Sylva, NC (with Great Smokies Fitness Center).  Here we offer two programs:  the street self-defense system of American Kenpo Karate (ages 3+) and the hybrid self-defense system Tactical Combatives and Ground Defense (ages 8+).  Private/Family Instruction is available by appointment.

The first week of class is FREE!  There are no long-term contracts; everything is on a month-to-month basis.

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone.

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