Some interesting statistics about martial arts

Posted by John / on 11/17/2008 / 4 Comments

I'm doing some research for a martial arts business, and wanted to know the target audience for a service for adult martial artists. Here's some interesting data:

In the US, there are over 30,000 martial arts schools, around 13,000 of those are in California.

In a given year, there are approximately 9.4 million adults who practice martial arts in the US. 21.7 million adults in the US have practiced some martial arts in their lifetime. 63% of those who practiced in the last year are from 18-40 years old.

In 2006, the UFC scored pay-per-view revenues of $223 million, much more than boxing and wrestling. In 2007, seven life UFC fights on Spike TV gathered more younger male viewers on cable than basketball, baseball, hockey, football, or NASCAR.

Martial artists lean towards being highly educated and relatively affluent.



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  • Soo says:

    Thanks for sharing this information. It sounds like an interesting project. Is there a way we could have a look at the results of this research in total? For what purpose did you do this research? Thanks again.

    November 20, 2008 at 10:39 AM | Permalink

  • JOSEPH says:

    Verrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyy interesting John

    November 20, 2008 at 3:45 PM | Permalink

  • Aaron says:

    The business of martial arts (MA) is booming in the U.S. for sure! The business of mixed martial arts (MMA) is by far and away the hottest, fastest growing sector. If you have an MA, or MMA website, and would like to get paid for hosting related ads, please contact me. If you have a product or service that you'd like to put in front of MMA fans, who are predominantly males, aged 18 - 44+, without breaking the bank, please contact me.


    November 21, 2008 at 12:43 PM | Permalink

  • Andrew says:

    Hello everyone!

    I am very new to this website and my name is Andrew. I am starting a business in MA and MMA in the U.S. and I really needed to reach out to brighter individuals. I'm having trouble in my business plan regarding: demographics of Martial artists. If you had any website that you know that gives great stats in the US about Martial artists that would be great!

    Thank you in advance,..your fellow martial artist,

    Andrew Le

    P.S. I really don't mind an email either

    January 24, 2014 at 3:55 PM | Permalink


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