Classes and Schedule

Sammy Franco Teaching Self DefenseYou have read his best-selling books and watched his instructional videos, now you can learn from the world's leading martal arts and reality-based self-defense expert. Contemporary Fighting Arts offers ongoing classes to meet your personal needs. Please keep in mind the following before contacting us:

  1. All classes are taught by Sammy Franco in either a private and small group setting.
  2. Sorry, we don't offer children's classes. However, mature teenagers are welcome.
  3. Previous martial arts training is not required.
  4. You can attend classes either once or twice per week.

Spring 2018 Group Class Schedule:

Tuesday: 6 pm - 7:30 pm
Thursday: 6 pm - 7:30 pm
Weekends: closed

Private One-On-One Lesson Schedule:

Monday: 1 pm - 5:30 pm
Wednesday: 1 pm - 5:30 pm
Weekends: closed

Classes are offered throughout the year to all our local residents. You can join at any time, there is no start or end dates.

Our Studio Location:

Our studio is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, just minutes away from:

  • DamascusMartial Arts Training at Sammy Francos Academy
  • Germantown
  • Clarksburg
  • Mt. Airy

What makes us different from other schools?

  • We are a professional martial arts school looking for serious and dedicated students who want to learn a one-of-a-kind martial art.
  • We are not a commercial, cookie-cutter school looking for a large number of students. In fact, to provide you with the best martial arts training, we intentionally keep our student enrollmement low and manageable.
  • Our classes are very affordable.
  • There are no contracts to sign.
  • No high-pressure sales people.
  • No mandatory equipment or uniform purchases.
  • Classes are always small and individualized.
  • Lessons are tailored to meet your personal goals.
  • Lessons are taught exclusively by Sammy Franco, founder of Contemporary Fighting Arts.

Read what our students have to say:

"Sammy Franco offers a "no nonsense" framework for defending ourselves and our families. If I can feel comfortable, anyone can."    

- Eric Marx (Bank Vice President)


"At last someone has developed a martial art form applicable for today's violence-prone society."

- William Hendricks (Emergency Medicine Physician) 


"Mr. Franco delivers the true and valuable essence: practical skills, proven self defense techniques, and the confidence to use them. He is a rare, consummate professional capable of both developing self-defense concepts and teaching their applications - a real master!"

- Corbett Michael Flannery (LTC U.S. Army Military Intelligence)


"Sammy Franco has taken the mystique and complexity out of the martial arts and created a self-defense system that is both practical and easy to learn."

- Pete Kitner (Commercial Airline Pilot)


"Sammy Franco's self-defense system is a timely and extremely worthwhile martial art which provides very practical instruction in self-defense. The lessons are provided in a supportive environment by a skilled and caring instructor. I highly recommend the training."    

- Mary Green (Speech Language Pathologist)


"I have studied martial arts my entire life and Sammy Franco is, by far, the best teacher out there! I only wish I discovered him sooner."

- Robert Lew (Aerospace Engineer)


"Sammy Franco is one of the few martial arts instructors who genuinely care about the welfare of his students. He's a true asset to our Maryland community."

- Jeremy Stockton (Business Owner)


"As a Correctional Officer, I just wanted to say that Sammy Franco's training is right on spot. In the course of my 12 years in the Department of Corrections, I have been lucky that I have only been assaulted on a couple occasions. Thanks to Sammy and CFA, I was able to block and deflect blows thrown at me. After taking the assilant to the ground, Sammy's wrist lock techniques came in very handy. In today's world, inmates are becoming stronger and faster. If is wasn't for the practical, effective and instinctual self-defense methods taught by Sammy, I feel the tables could have been turned. I have been lucky, but in a 6 by 9 cell, I am not trying to do anything but survive. A special thanks to Sammy for his methods and dedication."

- Henry Dennison (Corrections Officer)


"I'm lucky to live in the Gaithersburg area as this the headquarters for Sammy Franco and his Contemporary Fighting Arts system. I have learned more from Mr. Franco in one lesson than training for months in another martial arts school. Don't walk, run to train from this man!"

- Thomas Higgins (Black Belt Instructor)