8530 Dorchester Road Suite 104, North Charleston, SC 29420
(843) 225-4554

North Charleston Martial Arts

Breakthrough North Charleston Programs in Martial Arts, Fast Fat Loss & Inner-Development.

5 Secret Benefits of Martial Arts That’ll Change Your Life

Hi and Welcome!

We’re thrilled to share our passion for martial arts with you! For some, our North Charleston Martial Arts school might seem like just another run-of-the-mill place to get fit and learn self-defense... but to us it’s SO much more.

As you get into the absolute best shape of your life, some other “subtle” changes are happening, as well. These changes really surprise our new students. When you train in our programs, your life will NEVER be the same again...in a really good way!

Here are just a few of those life-changing benefits that students experience...

#1 Confidence Booster

Learning new skills and trying new techniques are challenging! But when you commit and keep at a challenge, and come out on top, you realize you're stronger and more capable than you ever thought possible!

You’ll feel more confident when you see that on a regular basis and more sure of your ability to handle any life challenge that comes up. Both kids and adults feel their self-esteem and confidence soar quickly!

#2 Full on Focus

Martial Arts is incredibly fun! You’ll learn all sorts of new skills and techniques like striking drills, defensive moves, and even super-secret functional cardio drills. But...when you learn a new skill, you have to stay fully focused on the instructor, what they’re telling you and then do what you just learned.

The cool thing is that this intense concentration naturally pours into other areas of your life when you develop this laser like focus. It’s one of the most amazing perks of martial arts. Some people call it getting in the zone, unlocking your untapped potential, or peak performance.

Call it whatever you want, but one thing is true - you’ll learn how to focus your mind and perform tasks you once thought were impossible.

#3 You’ll Get Fit

Each class is loaded with challenging, fun exercise. But because you're so focused on performing techniques, and having so much fun, you hardly notice it. Before you know it, the class is over, and you not only learned powerful martial arts...

... you got a great workout, too. Being physically fit boosts energy, mental clarity, and confidence as well.

#4 Feeling Like You Belong Here

Many martial artists claim they always felt like an “outsider” before they found Martial Arts. Some of our students just never got into organized sports in school or felt that social clubs weren’t for them.

But the same students that tell us how they “never fit in” or weren’t popular seem to come alive in class! We provide a safe, non-judgmental environment where we all want each other to succeed. We don’t have bullies or students trying to one up each other.

Our members and instructors are all about support and friendship. Kids and adults easily make a lot of friends here and, as a result, our community thrives.

We provide the kind of environment that fosters friendship, encouragement, and motivation. The sense of fulfillment after every class is more than you can imagine.

#5 Add Some Fun to Your Life!

No two workouts are ever the same. We use a functional exercise system that focuses on getting your body into tip top shape. After all, if you can’t move your body well every day or have enough energy to get out of bed or play with your kids - how will your family and friends be able to count on you down the road? 

Taking care of yourself so you can enjoy life for a LONG time is crucial. And it doesn’t have to be boring!

You’ll learn how to move your body in fun and exciting new ways that will make it happy, leave you dripping with sweat which is a great way to detox your body and mind and smiling all the time because of all the amazing changes you see and how much you’re accomplishing.

We work hard to make sure you stay as injury free as possible, get as many high-fives as possible, and get motivated in a positive way. No military style yelling or body shaming, ever.

Let your kid feel like a total rock star with our awesome kids birthday package. It's a fun, educational, structured birthday party involving martial arts... crazy-cool fun & games... and more. Plus your kid will be the one-and-only star of the show! Guaranteed to be a safe, fun, awesome experience for your child & all of his / her friends.

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Both men and women in our community come to these adult martial arts classes for lots of reasons. Some have encountered dangerous situations where they felt hopeless. They wanted to gain the skills and techniques required for safety and protection. Most of all, they wanted to no longer feel helpless. Others want fitness.

Martial arts is a great workout - training you to use your body in new ways, boosting lean muscle development, accelerating fat loss, improved stamina, all while improving balance and coordination. With a focus on discipline, self-respect, and profound inner-growth you'll have all of the building blocks for an amazing self-defense practice and a happy, fit life.

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Our North Charleston kids after school martial arts gives you a safe, fun learning environment to leave your kids until you get off of work. And because we pick your child up from school, you know he/she is in great hands from the moment the bell rings until the moment you take them home.

In our program, kids get a great mixture of martial arts, healthy exercise, fun activities and focused lessons on life such as respect, discipline, and paying attention.It's truly the most enriching and fun program out there.

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So school's out and you're looking for the coolest camp around to send your kid to, right? We've got you covered with our Martial Arts Summer Camp. Every day your child will learn powerful self-defense skills... get a healthy dose of fitness... make friends...

... and learn all about important life lessons like discipline, goal setting, focus & concentration, and more. We give kids the perfect blend of structure and “running free”. Call us now to learn more. But hurry! We sell out fast, and I'd hate for you to miss out.

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Our North Charleston Kids Martial Arts classes are not only geared towards excellent self-defense techniques, striking, and kicking - children ages 3 and up are taught self-discipline, focus, and respect. Parents of the students love our classes too because they have seen their kids become better behaved everywhere they go and often perform better in school.

We love to keep the kids engaged and attentive with a little bit of play! It's fun for kids, parents, and the instructors. Classes are packed with fun activities and games as kids improve techniques and have a blast!

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Japan Karate Institute has built its outstanding reputation on providing students with the most practical and effective self-defense methods there are. We specialize in karate and other forms of martial arts for both kids and adults.


Our main goal is to create a positive training environment where you can learn the true art of karate, its philosophy and modern self-defense techniques, while getting fit and creating lasting friendships with your new brothers and sisters. Everyone here is upbeat and encouraging and you’ll NEVER feel out of place – we promise!  


Our state-of-the-art facility appeals to single people, as well as families, who are looking for a safe, fun and positive environment to exercise their body and mind. One of our goals is to teach martial arts to as many families as possible, as we firmly believe in its life-changing effects. We’ve seen so many wonderful changes in our students’ outlook on life, their attitudes, and their physical fitness during our years of teaching. We would love for you to experience those amazing changes too and allow that giant within you to rise and shine.


Japan Karate Institute will not only teach you how to do epic kicks, punches, strikes and throws, but will also EMPOWER you with important values such as integrity, respect and compassion.


Along with good martial arts technique, your child will also learn valuable character skills such as focus, confidence, self-discipline, and having an unstoppable spirit. Imagine what they can accomplish in life with those awesome tools for success. Why not give them that gift now, whatever age they are, and help make their dreams come true


And dreams aren’t just for kids. ADULTS can hone their skills and improve their lives to achieve the success they’ve always dreamed of or take their current success to a higher level.  


Whatever your reason is for wanting to learn karate, you are entering the world of martial arts that will enrich your family’s life in the following ways:


And, of course, we do that in a FUN way with plenty of high fives and fist bumps! Your kids will LOVE our classes so much, they’ll look forward to the next class as they’re leaving the one that just ended!


Watch them SMILE from ear to ear as they tell you and their friends about all the COOL new things they’re learning, how good it makes them feel and all the awesome new FRIENDS they have.


All that helps to ensure that your child is happy, well-adjusted and successful. They’ll be motivated to apply themselves at everything they do, get good grades in school and make better decisions in life.


Those are PRICELESS BENEFITS that are a lot more affordable than you may think.


Check out the SUPER LOW web special for instant savings or stop by for a tour of the facility and feel the good energy here! The deal is 100% RISK-FREE and classes fill up FAST so reserve your spot today! 


Our knowledgeable and caring instructors will help your kids progress physically, mentally and spiritually in order to achieve their fullest potential. We strive to improve our service to you by educating and training our professional team of instructors on a regular basis.


Come see what we’re all about and take advantage of the best prices, the most amazing instructors, and have the most fun you’ve EVER had getting fit!  


Head Instructor


Owner Todd Carroll has been studying and training in martial arts since 1997, and is the Dojo Cho (Chief Instructor of the school) of the North Charleston Dojo.

He is a 4th Dan in Heiwado Ryu Karate-do and a graduate from The Japan Karate Institute Instructor’s Academy. Upon completion of his training in the JKI Instructor’s Academy, he was awarded the title of Sensei in 2002 by Shihan Dale Coker. Sensei Todd is also a 2nd Dan and certified instructor in the American Pressure Point Self-Defense system under Grandmaster Robert Moran and a 1st Dan in Shorinkan Shorin Ryu Kobudo.

Sensei Todd is dedicated to the success of his students both on and off the mat. He believes the tenets learned in the Dojo can be applied to all aspects of one’s life. His belief behind this is:

“We empower them through perseverance, self-discipline, and self-confidence. We want our students to unlock their potential and find the excellence that is within them.”

Japan Karate Institute has been serving the North Charleston community since 1999. The North Charleston Dojo is part of the Japan Karate Institute family of schools founded by Shihan Dale Coker in the mid 80’s. The students and staff have been active in community service projects, partnered with local schools and teachers to help lift our community to the next level.

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