Getting Started

Why Carter's Academy is a great place to learn martial arts?

"Men, women and children from all walks of life attend our academy to learn street-effective self-defense techniques from Nihon Goshin Aikido and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. We maintain a staff of professional instructors who meet high standards when achieving and maintaining their instructor certifications, and our academy is the only school in the country to provide instruction in the practical martial arts of Nihon Goshin Aikido and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu."

- Sensei John C. Carter

What to consider?

  • Are you looking for the best in self-defense instruction?
  • Do you want to learn martial arts in a positive, safe, and competition-free environment?
  • Are you looking for mature, well-educated, and experienced instructors?
  • Do you want a professional, high quality program for you and your family?
  • If so, Carter's Academy of Self-Defense is what you're looking for.
Let us suggest that you.....

  1. Come by the academy and watch a class.
  2. Attend any Aikido or Jiu-Jitsu class on our schedule for free (by appointment).
  3. Contact the Head Instructor by phone or email.
  4. Find a training routine that is suitable for your schedule.
  5. Ask about sign-up specials, discounts and current membership fees.

Who to contact?

Lexington, SC:

Enrollment Instructions

Enrollment in our academy is just a few easy steps. Please arrive at the academy at least 10 minutes before your scheduled class. Upon your arrival, you will be asked to complete a student registration form and pay your enrollment fees. You will be issued a training uniform, academy t-shirt, car magnet and other dojo paperwork. You can alternately print and complete your new student paperwork before arriving at the academy by clicking this link. Your instructor will then walk you through basic dojo protocol and begin your training. We look forward to seeing you on the mat!

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

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