Capital Karate's seasoned team of five instructors—with more than a century of experience combined —instills new students with the focus, confident self-image, and self-control needed in a martial arts pupil. Owner and 4th-degree black belt Michael Bank ensures that his school imparts kids with important life skills, including respect, discipline, and perseverance, as well as improved motor skills and balance that can help in extracurricular sports. Adults and teenagers can use the classes to get the blood pumping during cardio-style kickboxing sessions or simple self-defense lessons. University of South Carolina students looking to take a breather from wrestling their sentient pile of chemistry books can let loose in the karate studio, which is only about five minutes drive from campus. Interested martial artists can check out the complete Capital class schedule to find a suitable time. Call ahead to schedule a class.
Columbia Martial Arts and Fitness provides a wealth of martial-arts knowledge at its spacious studio. Adult programs train students in everything from Brazilian jujitsu and MMA to combat submission wrestling and Bruce Lee's legendary jeet kune do. Youth programs begin with martial-art fundamentals and work to build self-confidence and teach self-defense.
Masters Studios trains students to defend themselves using the traditional styles of Shaolin Kempo karate, kung fu, jujitsu, and tai chi. After an introductory lesson, instructors pace students according to their skills in programs designed to heighten mental focus, improve strength and technique, develop responsive strategies, and build a healthy lifestyle. In addition to standard classes, the studio runs summer camps and maintains a list of its black belt team.
Located in Matthews, Scott Shields Martial Arts Academy offers instruction in martial-arts disciplines such as jujitsu, jeet kune do, and muay thai. With fitness-kickboxing classes and programs for kids and adults alike, the experienced instructors at this light-filled studio not only help clients burn calories and build muscle but also teach them discipline and self-respect. All classes introduce students to self-defense moves; they then learn to grapple, punch, and kick with efficiency as they gain strength and confidence.