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Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored martial arts teachers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best martial arts teachers in Columbia, SC.

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  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Academy of Shotokan Karate

Academy of Shotokan Karate provides training in traditional Japanese karate in Lexington, SC. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses are available. Family classes are also provided. Academy of Shotokan Karate is a member of the Japan Karate Association and the American Amateur Karate Federation.

Lexington, SC(803) 808-5787


BGr8 Martial Arts

BGr8 Martial Arts offers self-defense courses in Irmo, Lexington, and Columbia, SC. The school is a member of Black Belt Schools International and provides instruction to children, teens, and adults. Self-defense workshops, kids martial arts, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instruction are all available. Birthday parties are also available. Satisfied students praise the quality instruction at BGr8 Martial Arts.

Irmo, SC(803) 661-7181


Blythewood Tae Kwon Do

Blythewood Tae Kwon Do has been operating in Northeast Columbia, SC for nearly two decades. The school offers traditional Korean martial arts instruction to children and adults. Children can start as young as three years old, and Blythewood stresses fitness, self-confidence, concentration, and coordination in its teaching. The master instructor Audrey Crawford is a 5th-degree black belt and certified by Kukkiwon which is based in Seoul, South Korea.

Blythewood, SC(803) 735-0470


Brian Pena’s Dojo

Brian Pena’s Dojo provides karate classes to all ages in West Columbia, SC. Boot camp fitness, private lessons, after-school programs, and summer camps are available in addition to regular courses. Brain Pena of Brian Pena’s Dojo has over three decades of experience in both martial arts and health and fitness. He is a certified black belt, has been teaching karate for over two decades, and has himself won a number of karate tournaments.

West Columbia, SC(803) 739-9494


Capital Karate

Capital Karate offers a variety of self-defense training in Columbia, SC. Kids' martial arts, adults' martial arts, summer camps, birthday parties, and Krav Maga training are all available. The head instructor at Capital Karate has earned a 5th-degree black belt and has a degree in business, criminal justice, and sports coaching. He also served with the 169th Security Forces Squadron.

Columbia, SC(803) 212-7111


Carolina Family Karate

Carolina Family Karate is a martial arts school in Lugoff, SC offering courses to children, teens, and adults. The curriculum combines many martial arts styles but has its roots in Japanese karate. In addition to classes for all ages, Carolina Family Karate offers summer camps, after-school programs, and a home school program. The staff of Carolina Family Karate is trained in the ACEP and in CPR.

Lugoff, SC(803) 272-1327


Carter’s Academy of Self-Defense

Carter’s Academy of Self-Defense has been operating for two decades. The academy has locations in Lexington and Irmo, SC and offers instruction in Nihon Goshin Aikido and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Both youth and adult programs are available and head instructor John Carter has three decades of experience teaching men, women, and children. Carter is also a certified black belt instructor in Nihon Goshin Aikido as well as a certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu level three instructor. Carter’s Academy of Self-Defense promises that all instructors are well-trained and certified.

Lexington, SC(803) 546-6079


Chandler Family Academy of Martial Arts, LLC

Chandler Family Academy of Martial Arts is a Columbia martial arts school teaching traditional Korean Tang Soo Do. The school offers complete white to black belt training. This training includes traditional forms, proper rolling and falling technique, weapons training, breaking techniques, and learning the history of martial arts. Programs are offered to both youth and adults. Chief Instructor Mark Chandler of Chandler Family Academy of Martial Arts is a 3rd-degree black belt.

Columbia, SC(803) 553-4061


Columbia Martial Arts & Fitness

Columbia Martial Arts & Fitness offers diverse self-defense in Lexington, SC. The school provides instruction in kids' martial arts, Jeet Kune Do/Kali, mixed martial arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, fitness kickboxing, and Muay Thai. After school programs, summer camps, and birthday parties are also available. Highly qualified chief instructor Mark Mills of Columbia Martial Arts & Fitness is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has earned black belts in karate and Shinto Yoshin-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu.

Lexington, SC(803) 356-9755


Commando Krav Maga

Commando Krav Maga instructs residents of Columbia, SC in self-defense, leadership development, bully prevention, abduction prevention, and more. Classes can start as early as three years old. The school offers Krav Maga training to kids and adults. Programs also include “Fitness Warrier” Krav Maga Kickboxing, and firearm training. Satisfied clients praise the real-world tactics learned and the quality instruction at Commando Krav Maga.

Columbia, SC(803) 772-9439


Fortress Martial Arts & Fitness

Fortress Martial Arts & Fitness offers self-defense training in Lexington, SC. Martial arts instruction is available to kids, adults, and families. Kickboxing, summer programs, preschool programs, and birthday parties are also available. The school's curriculum teaches respect, discipline, focus, patience, acceptance, kindness, and compassion as well as self-defense skills. Instructor Jason Alderman of Fortress Martial Arts & Fitness has been teaching martial arts for years to a variety of age groups and personalities.

Lexington, SC(803) 665-4930


Genova Family Karate of Lexington

Genova Family Karate of Lexington has been serving the Lexington community for over a decade. The family owned and operated business offers karate classes for children and adults. In addition to regular classes, Genova Family Karate hosts movie nights, Spring Break Camp, and Summer Time Camp. Mike Genova of Genova Family Karate has been teaching for over four decades.

Lexington, SC(803) 358-2500


Kenpukan – Jim Logue’s Okinawan Karate Dojo

Kenpukan – Jim Logue’s Okinawan Karate Dojo offers Okinawan Karate training in Lexington SC. The training focuses on life-protection techniques and body mechanics. Classes are available three days a week. Chief instructor at Kenpukan Chuck Harris is a 5th-degree black belt and was a judge at the Okinawan World Karate tournament.

Lexington, SC(803) 386-5474


Lexington Jiu Jitsu

Lexington Jiu Jitsu offers Gracie Jiu Jitsu instruction in Lexington, SC. Instructors are certified and available seven days a week. The school stresses real-world self-defense tactics, providing women's self-defense and kids' bullying workshops. The head instructor can boast a three stripe brown belt. Lexington Jiu Jitsu offers military and law enforcement discounts.

Lexington, SC(803) 931-2262


Martinez Kenpo Karate

Martinez Kenpo Karate provides martial arts training in Columbia, SC. The school offers Kenpo Karate after school programs and adult classes. Weapons classes are also available that utilize asian feudal farming tools. Instructor Kyoshi Ernesto Martinez of Martinez Kenpo Karate was a US army sergeant and a member of the US army parachute team.

Columbia, SC(803) 361-1389


Palmetto Kenpo Karate

Palmetto Kenpo Karate provides instruction in American Kenpo Karate in Lexington, SC. The school offers programs for children, juniors, and adults. Children can start as early as four years old, while adult programs start at 14. Palmetto Kenpo Karate was founded by Peter Nich, a 2nd-degree black belt. In addition to teaching self-defense, the school stresses honesty, courtesy, respect, and courage.

Lexington, SC(803) 767-2737


Tiger-Rock Martial Arts of Irmo

Tiger-Rock Martial Arts of Irmo provides Tiger Rock XP Training and Taekwondo to both children and adults in Irmo, SC. Programs include Cubs Taekwondo, Youth Taekwondo, Junior Martial Arts, Adult Taekwondo, and Elite Counter Aggression Training. Tiger –Rock Martial Arts teaches all fitness and experience levels and promises to teach confidence, discipline, and focus, as well as self-defense.

Irmo, SC(803) 240-0183


Tony Thomas Family Karate

Tony Thomas Family Karate has been operating for two decades in Columbia, SC. The husband and wife owned school teaches martial arts to children, teenagers, and adults. Tony Thomas of Tony Thomas Family Karate studied karate for decades, holds a master's degree in education, and was inducted into the South Carolina Black Belt Hall of Fame.

Columbia, SC(803) 754-2333


Vitali Family Karate

Vitali Family Karate offers martial arts classes to children, families, and adults in Lexington, SC. Classes are available to all ability levels and focus on inner development as well as self-defense. Birthday parties are also available. Head instructor Rick Vitali of Vitali Family Karate is a 5th-degree black belt and has over three decades of teaching experience. Students praise the confidence-building instruction at Vitali Family Karate.

Lexington, SC(803) 785-0007


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