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2020 State of the Martial Arts School Business

by | Jan 29, 2021

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Each year for our annual martial arts business report, we look at the number of martial arts schools in the USA based upon the following NAICS categories:

61162013 – Karate Judo Jiu-Jitsu & Kung Fu Instruction

61162014- Martial Arts Instruction

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) evaluates and scores your Tax Form 1040 Schedule C using the NAICS code submitted on the form so this is the best barometer of the number of commercial martial arts schools in the USA. 

This doesn’t include programs that are run in recreation centers, churches, city parks, etc… unless they are paying taxes. 

Since we started this in 2013, we’ve seen a steady decline in the number of martial arts schools in the USA.

Here the NAICs listing categories for our annual State of the Martial Arts School Business report. 

Last year the total was 15,035. That’s about a 3% drop but odds are that the number will be much lower next year.

state of the martial arts industry 2020
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