Adult Program
At Carter's Academy, we are committed to providing students with a quality self-defense education. Our programs have been proven to reduce stress and improve self-confidence. At our academy, students will find a street effective system of self-defense consisting of throws, joint-locks, nerve pressure points, grappling and strikes.

Nihon Goshin Aikido is categorized under the umbrella of grappling arts and derives from the martial art of Daito-Ryu Aiki Jiu-Jitsu. Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. The Aikido practitioner leads and re-directs the attacker's momentum using entering and turning movements. The techniques are completed with various throws, joint-locks, pins and submissions.

Since its inception, the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Combatives Program has been more effective at taking students from no knowledge to "street ready" than any other course in the history of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. What makes Gracie Combatives so unique, besides the street applicability of its techniques, is the structure of the course and the way in which we present the techniques. In place of random curriculum, the Gracie Combatives program was specifically designed to ensure that each new student understands the principles, learns the techniques and builds their reflexes, without confusion, in the absolute least amount of time!

The Goals of Carter's Academy

  • Adaptability to individual students
  • Professionalism at all times
  • Practical dissemination of effective techniques
  • Conflict resolution
  • Entertaining and friendly learning environment
  • Trust in training
  • Emphasis on safety
  • Camaraderie with fellow practitioners
The Benefits of Carter's Academy

  • Effective self-defense techniques
  • Adaptable to various situations
  • Stress Reduction
  • Balanced Life
  • Practical self-defense tactics
  • Confidence through skill
  • Positive state of mind
  • Thorough responses to attack
  • Free Aikido and Jiu-Jitsu Online Lessons

Carter's Academy of Self-Defense Specialty Classes

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Our Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Level 3 Certified Instructor provides students with a practical, street-effective grappling program. This is not for competition. We train students what to do if the fight goes to the ground where eye gouges, hair pulls, weapons, multiple attackers, and groin attacks are expected. This class will give students the skills they need to handle such combat situations.

Women's Self-Defense

If you have no previous martial arts experience and you want to learn how to defend yourself in a fun, safe and cooperative learning environment, this course is for you. In this 10-week course, you will learn how to defend yourself from the most common strategies a male attacker would use on a woman. Unlike many self-defense programs that rely heavily on strength, speed and striking, our program utilizes leverage and technique so anyone of any age, any size or athletic ability can easily learn and use the techniques. Please call or make an appointment for class times.

Ukemi (Falls and Rolls) Class

All new students are hesitant when it comes to learning how to fall and roll properly. However, learning how to fall and roll correctly, and safely is important for successful training in the art of Aikido. Therefore, we have a regularly scheduled falling and rolling class for new and current members.

Instructor Certification

This class is offered to students who have made the commitment to become instructors at our academy. Students accepted into this course are educated in advanced techniques such as weapons defense, grappling and ground fighting, joint locking, advanced throws, and multiple attacker defense. Most importantly students are taught how to teach these skills to others. Students are accepted into this course by Head Instructor invitation.

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Teaching Nihon Goshin Aikido (a blend of Aikido, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo & Karate) since 1997.

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