Ideas & Concepts for Naming a Martial Arts Studio

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If you’re struggling to name your martial arts studio, don’t worry. You’re in the right place. In this article, I cover some of the top tips for naming your new business as well as how to make sure the name is legally available for you to use.

Let’s get started!

Related: How to start a martial arts studio

Naming a business is hard, especially if you don’t have any ideas or a place to start. So, before you dive in, grab a piece of paper and a pen or open up a blank spreadsheet.

Then, use it as a place to brainstorm ideas and write down words or phrases that come to mind as you go through the tips below.

From there, we’ll talk about how to narrow things down and land on the perfect name.

1. Keep It as Short as Possible

Short business names are usually snappier, catchier, and easier to remember. Ideally, you want to stick to two to five syllables and hopefully no more than 25 characters total.

However, the shorter the name, the better.

With that said, there are exceptions to this, and it’s not a hard rule. But, when you think about huge, notable brands, which ones come to mind?

Nike. Apple. Ikea. Febreeze. Target. Honeywell.

They’re easy to remember because they’re short, simple, and brandable.

Obviously, there are exceptions to these rules. But typically, the shorter and simpler your name, the easier it is for everyone to remember.

2. Avoid Words That Are Hard to Hear and Pronounce

Voice to text and voice search is more popular now than ever before. So, it’s important to consider making your name easy to pronounce and hear.

To do this, avoid using:

  • Commonly misspelled words
  • Complex terms that are hard to spell
  • Words that have several pronunciations
  • Homophones like to, too, and two

Try to keep things as concise and simple as possible.

3. Consider Martial Arts Related Terms

Since you’re opening a martial arts studio, it might make sense to use different types of martial arts and self-defense-related terms in the name. It may help to just start brainstorming terms, phrases, and words to get all your ideas down on paper.

A few examples of this could include; Black Belt Kids, Dragon Warrior Kung Fu Studio, or Pivot & Kick.

For a boost of creativity, expand use the thesaurus to find synonyms around the words of what your business does.  You can either use the thesaurus function from your word processor or thesaurus.com to come up with additional synonyms.

From there, you can cross off bad ideas or any terms you don’t like.

4. Phrases Your Audience and Competition Uses

Your business exists for your target audience, so it’s important to consider phrases and terms they use when talking about martial arts.

There are quite a few places you can look to see what your customers (and competitors) are saying, including:

  • Facebook groups, posts, and stories
  • Competitor websites, brochures, and flyers
  • Magazines or blogs

Alternatively, you can ask friends or relatives in your target audience. Hearing it directly from them may help you brainstorm and narrow down your choices.

Remember to avoid anything limiting your business’s future growth if you decide to go in another direction down the road.

5. What’s Your Specialty?

Do you specialize in a particular genre or niche? Maybe you focus on kickboxing or Jiu-Jitsu or Taekwondo Do.

Regardless of your specialty, consider alluding to it in the name of your business.

6. Neighborhoods, Cities, and Nicknames

Including the name of your city, street, or neighborhood is an excellent way to encourage local shopping and create a strong sense of community in your area.

You can also think about nicknames for your city or neighborhood, as well. Here are some examples to use as inspiration:

  • Arkansas Tai Chi
  • Elk Grove Mixed Martial Arts
  • LA Kung Fu
  • San Diego Martial Arts Academy
  • Woodland Hills Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

With that said, make sure the name you choose isn’t limiting if you decide to move or expand your martial arts studio down the road.

7. Incorporate Your Name

If you’re still struggling to find the perfect name, consider using your name, a nickname, or something personal and unique to you.

This is a fantastic way to build a personal brand if that’s something you want to do. Some great examples of this in action include:

  • Guido’s Martial Arts Academy
  • Heather Sensei
  • Kang’s Black Belt Academy
  • Tonya’s Cardio Kickboxing

If you go this route, keep in mind it may make it harder to sell your martial arts studio later on.

8. Example Names for Inspiration

Here is a list of existing martial arts studio names that may help give you some creative ideas.  While many of these names may be available for you to use, be sure to check first to be sure the name you want can be used.

  • 1st Class Martial Arts
  • 209 Martial Arts
  • 360 Self Defense Academy
  • Academy-Martial Arts School
  • Action Martial Arts
  • Aguia Brazilian Jiujitsu
  • Aikido Academy
  • Aikido Dojo
  • Aikido Institute
  • Aikido Kokikai Orange County
  • Aka Judo Academy
  • All Star Martial Arts
  • Alliance Jiu Jitsu-San Diego
  • Alpha Martial Arts
  • Amador Judo & Jujitsu Studio
  • Amazing Martial Arts
  • American Aikido Academy
  • Ancient Ways Karate
  • Anytime Martial Arts
  • Apex Jiu Jitsu
  • Arkansas Tai Chi
  • Best Taekwondo Academy
  • Beyond Martial Arts
  • Black Belt Breakthroughs
  • Black Belt Building
  • Black Belt Kids
  • Blue Print Jiu Jitsu
  • Burbank Pa Kua Martial Arts
  • Cactus Jiu Jitsu Academy
  • California Karate Academy
  • Carlsbad Kickboxing Club
  • Carlson Gracie Jiujitsu Club
  • Center For Martial Arts
  • Central Coast Martial Arts
  • Champion Taekwondo School
  • Champions Martial Arts
  • Chuan Wu Kung Fu Institute
  • Cobrinha Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Conejo Valley Brazilian Jiu
  • Destiny Martial Arts Academy
  • Doha Taekwondo Academy
  • Dojo By Leo Vieira
  • Donna Martial Arts & Fitness
  • Dragon Warrior Kung Fu Studio
  • Dream Martial Arts Academy
  • East Bay Kokikai Aikido
  • Elite Martial Arts
  • Elk Grove Mixed Martial Arts
  • Extreme Martial Arts Center
  • Family Taekwondo Academy
  • Filipino Martial Arts Academy
  • Fit N Fight
  • Five Peaks Jiu Jitsu San Diego
  • Flow Roll Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Garage Kickboxing
  • Garcia Jiu-Jitsu & Fitness
  • Golden Tiger Karate
  • Gracie Barra Newport Beach
  • Gracie Jiu Jitsu Sn Marcos
  • Guido’s Martial Arts Academy
  • Hana Taekwondo Academy
  • Hapkilama Martial Arts
  • Heather Sensei
  • Hurricane Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • I Love Kick Boxing
  • Inferno Martial Arts
  • Infinite Taekwondo
  • Jiu Jitsu In The Park
  • Joy Of Tai Chi
  • Kang’s Black Belt Academy
  • Karate Kicks
  • Karate Kids Of The Valley
  • Kickboxing Zone
  • KRAV Maga Woodland Hills
  • Kung Fu Kitchen
  • Kung Fu Monkey
  • LA Kung Fu
  • Level Up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Level Up Martial Arts
  • Los Kendo Dojo
  • Manny Mancha Kickboxing Gym
  • Martial Arts Training Academy
  • Master Yun Traditional Tai Chi
  • Mastermind Martial Arts & Fitness
  • Native Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Newport Beach Kenpo
  • Ninja Box
  • No Limits Karate
  • North Park Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Pivot & Kick
  • Premier Martial Arts Academy
  • Ranger Taekwondo
  • Red Dragon Martial Art Corp
  • Riverbank Martial Arts Academy
  • San Diego Martial Arts Academy
  • Self Defense Fit Lab
  • Senso Jiu Jitsu
  • Shotokan Karate Academy
  • Silent Warriors Martial Arts
  • Solid Rock Martial Arts
  • Spark Martial Arts
  • Steam Dojo
  • Sunset Jiu Jitsu
  • Sweet Fitness Kickboxing
  • Switch Fitness
  • Tae Reyong Taekwondo Schools
  • Tai Chi Institute
  • Team Ironman Mixed Martial
  • Thrive Jiu Jitsu School
  • Thunder Kungfu Academy
  • Tonya’s Cardio Kickboxing
  • Touchstone Martial Arts
  • Train & Fight
  • Ultimate Athlete Jiujitsu
  • United Studios Of Self Defense
  • Vision Martial Arts
  • Warrior Code Taekwon Do Academy
  • West Coast Martial Arts
  • Woodland Hills Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Wright Way Taekwondo

9. Check if Your Name is Available to Use

At this point, you should have several top considerations to choose from. And the best way to narrow it down further is to check each one for availability.

This step is vital because using a name that someone else is using could be very costly, time-consuming to rebrand your business, and possibly embarrassing. There are several places to look to check whether a name is available to use, so let’s walk through each one.

Trademark Search

Trademarks are the most critical, so we’ll start here.

If a name or phrase is trademarked, you’re not allowed to use it in a similar capacity. So, run a trademark search for each business name you’re considering and cross off those that aren’t available.

Learn more about how to do a trademark search before choosing a business name

Local Search

Just because there isn’t a federal trademark on a name doesn’t mean the name you want is available.  That’s because there is a trademark known as a common law trademark. A common law trademark isn’t filed anywhere but provides someone who uses that name in commerce some limited rights in their geographical area to use the name.  It can be hard to define how far geographically these rights extend as each industry is different, but at a basic level, someone can’t open a business and name it the same or similar name as a competing business in town. If you think the name could potentially create confusion with customers, it is usually best to just find another one to use to avoid potential legal issues down the road.

To do a local search, open up the phone book (if you still have one), and do a Google search to see if there are any local competitors with a similar business name to the one you want to use.

Cross off any similar names from your list and take the rest and let’s keep checking.

State Entity Search (If Applicable)

If you plan to register your martial arts studio as a corporation or LLC, you have to register with a unique business name. Each state requires every corporation or LLC to register a unique name for their entity.  This doesn’t necessarily protect your name from anyone else using it, but nobody can register a corporation or LLC under the same name in your state.

Related: Is your business name available?

If you find the name is in use, cross it off your list and move on.

Domain Name Availability

Website addresses aren’t as critical as the first three searches, but it’s still worth doing. Typically, you want your domain name to be “yourbusinessname.com” without any numbers, dashes, etc.

It’s easiest for customers to remember, but these are hard to come by.

However, you can explore other configurations and extensions if your preferred domain name isn’t available. Just remember your customers may have a more difficult time finding you online.

You can start with NameCheap’s domain search tool. Type in the domain name you want to use to see if it’s available. The tool also returns other possibilities you may want to consider.

Social Media Profiles

Next, especially if you are stuck between a couple of names, check and see if anyone is already using your potential martial arts studio names on social media. Consider which platforms you plan to use and start with those.

Keep in mind you may have to shorten your company name for some platforms. Twitter only allows 15 characters, for example.

Start with your preferred platforms and do a quick search for your name. If nothing pops up, that likely means no one is using it, and you’re good to go.

Example: Someone is using startingyourbusiness on Instagram, so I would have to choose a different handle, making it more difficult for customers to find me.

 

Finding the Perfect Name: Putting It All Together

By now, you should have a lengthy list of words, phrases, and terms you can use in your business name. At this point, I highly recommend going through and removing any that are hard to spell or pronounce.

Now, you can start combining pieces together until something stands out. It may help to create a list of potential names you can use. From there, you can narrow things down to your favorites.

But before you make your final decision, it’s important that your new name passes a few tests.

Say It Out Loud

Make sure you say your new name out loud. It may look great as a logo, domain name, and on a business card. But it also needs to sound good when you say it out loud.

You can also sit down with someone and talk about your business. Does saying the name in casual conversation sound natural? If not, you may want to consider something simpler or easier to say.

Logo Design

Lastly, think about how to incorporate your new name into a logo. Logos should be simple, memorable, and indicative of your brand.

Take Apple, for example. Their business name easily incorporates into a logo. And today, it’s a household symbol that everyone immediately recognizes.

A logo is an important part of your brand identity, so don’t forget to consider turning your name into a memorable logo as you make your final decision.

Related: How to create a logo for your business

 

Hopefully, you now have some ideas to name your martial arts studio. Once you have this list narrowed down to just a few and researched that they are all available, start asking friends, family, and potential customers their thoughts to get feedback, and then pick your perfect martial arts studio name!

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