9860 So. 700 E., Sandy, UT 84070
(801) 553-1464

Who We Are

About Denda Academy of Martial Arts in Sandy, UT

Den & Sammie Dutson

Owner and Chief Instructor at Denda Academy of Martial Arts in Sandy, 4th Degree

Welcome to Denda Academy of Martial Arts! We are excited to help you on your journey to learn Tae Kwon Do, self-defense and other traditional martial arts in ways that empower you and your family!

The amazing staff of highly skilled instructors and coaches teaches both kids and adults alike to become confident and assertive individuals with high self-esteem. Students learn how to persevere, push past their physical and mental limits and overcome the many difficult tasks we all face in life.

Sure, students can learn to kick and punch anywhere, but we believe that it's the personal growth and self-development that everyone experiences at Denda Academy… skills that last a lifetime and help to ensure your SUCCESS in life.

Your child will learn to become more motivated and productive at home, have a better attitude about homework and see their grades improve, and develop the necessary confidence to succeed in the fast-paced world we live in.

We believe that "To Do is To Become" and we look forward to seeing what you become when you train with us. What is it that you want to become? The sky’s the limit so dream big!

Denda Academy’s programs were developed so that EVERYONE can participate - regardless of age, shape, size or fitness level. Our goal is to unleash your inner champion, no matter what age you are, and to EMPOWER everyone who walks through our doors.

Taekwondo and Martial Arts in general is a VALUABLE tool for learning about life and making your dreams come true. You can use it to improve your life, as well as the lives of others. Our goal is to help you and your family to reach your full potential… one awesome block, kick, and strike at a time.

We love sharing the art and science of martial arts with people like you who really want to learn and improve their life… and their families’ lives. Get ready to experience…

  • A fantastic workout and total body fitness
  • Skyrocketing focus, clarity and confidence
  • Increased strength, coordination and flexibility
  • Heightened awareness of self, others & your surroundings
  • Improved self-discipline and respect

And the best part about all that is that it’s super fun and exciting!  

Martial Arts + Fitness Fun x Lots of Laughs, Smiles & High Fives = A Winning Combination!

If you haven’t checked out the super low WEB SPECIAL going on right now – put that on your To Do list because you don’t miss it! Instant Savings… 100% RISK FREE… Limited Time Offer. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

Are You New to Martial Arts?

If you’re a BEGINNER and nervous about starting, no worries! We’ve got your back and you’ll get a ton of support and encouragement from everyone. We will train you at whatever fitness level you are and at your pace. 

It’s unfortunate that bullying has become a big problem in our schools and neighborhoods. Learning self-defense gives your kids the know how to be confident, stand up for themselves, and prepared to defend themselves, if necessary.

ADULTS – if you’ve lost your mojo, training with us is a great opportunity to really put your heart and soul into something you’ll love! It’s always a FUN mix and you’re around like-minded people in a positive environment. That challenging, total body workout you just got will seem more like playing than working.     

How anxious and stressed are you? Martial arts is a great way to unwind and relieve stress… and it also provides a form of meditation. The amazing benefits are endless… so find the class that’s best for you and watch your life change in many delightful ways!

Read below about the awesome instructors here and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Meet the Instructors

Master Den Dutson & Mrs. Sammie Dutson are the owners of family-operated Denda Academy of Martial Arts, which has been awarded “Best of State Winner” 13 times!

"Master D" and "Mrs. D" (as students refer to them) have a unique perspective on how martial arts can help children develop both physically, and more importantly, mentally.

Master Dutson is a Gold Medalist in Olympic Sparring and a Bronze Medalist in Traditional Forms at the 2005 World Martial Arts Championships. He is a multiple Utah State Champion in Traditional forms and Olympic Sparring.

He was the coach of the State of Utah Taekwondo Team that participated in the 2007 World Hanmadang Taekwondo Championships in Korea.

He is a board member of Utah Gyeonggido Sports Counsel.

Master Dutson has a Bachelor Degree in Korean Studies and Business from Brigham Young University in 1996. He is a 1992 Graduate of Seoul National University’s Korean Language Research Dept. in Seoul, Korea.

Master Dutson has studied and worked in Korea for 7 years. He has also been the translator for the Korean Olympic Speed Skating teams for the past 16 years, during the Olympics, World Championships, and World Cup competitions. He trained the Korean Olympic Speed Skating team in Taekwondo and developed a speed skating technique using Taekwondo that assisted their athletes in winning several World Championships, World Cup Championships and Olympic Gold Medals.

Mrs. Dutson is the Co-Owner and Programs Director at Denda Academy. She loves working with the parents and students in making sure they are well taken care of and are successful in the programs we provide.

She is warm and welcoming and makes sure everyone feels a part of our Denda family.

Master D and Mrs. D also work closely with local elementary schools and support many community organizations here in Utah.

How to Get Started

Come join our Sandy, UT Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, After School, and Character Kidz Summer Camp. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (801) 553-1464 if you have any further questions. Denda Academy of Martial Arts hopes to speak with you soon!