Train in American Freestyle Karate With American Elite Martial Arts

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Kids Martial Arts

At American Elite Martial Arts, we have the best program for children's martial arts in the Charlotte, Matthews, and Rock Hill area with our Kids Karate programs! We start enrolling children as young as 5 years old to offer the physical and mental benefits that are found in Karate. Come see us today to learn more!

Online Martial Arts Training

Our Online Training program gives you the unique opportunity to get tailored workouts, family fun, and professional guidance... all while you're on the move! American Elite Martial Arts can help you live a happier, healthier life, no matter where that life takes you.

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Phil Fragapane

Sensei Jarrod does an excellent job of making learning fun.  Sessions are all about learning and practicing skills and developing discipline.  So it IS formal karate training, but it is info...

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Ginny Mehltretter

Sensei Jarrod and American Elite Martial Arts have played a huge part in the lives of my children. Our family benefited from Jarrod’s instruction for 10 years, and I can honestly say that we are...

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Ashley Pehan

American Elite Martial Arts is an amazing organization with many different class times and levels. Sensei Jarrod structures the classes in ways where kids of all ages can have fun and learn karate at ...

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Kaylene Pagel

Sensei Jarrod has truly been a blessing to my 9 year old. Not only is he showing how to safely defend himself, he's teaching him to be confident in his own skin. Prior to my son joining AEMA about 2 y...

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Tamsin Holland

Our daughter, now thirteen, tried two other karate establishments before we came here.  In one, the classes were being taught mostly by the students.  In another, we were paying almost $200 ...

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Mike Tepedino

All of three of our children began training with Sensei Jarrod when they were in elementary school and continued through high school, each receiving their Black Belt, with one advancing to 2nd degree ...

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Get Started With American Elite Martial Arts Today

In American Elite Martial Arts classes, we practice the style of American freestyle karate. American freestyle karate is a hybrid martial art that combines a solid foundation in traditional Japanese/Okinawan style karate with elements from other martial arts including Taekwondo, Kung Fu, Jujutsu, Muay Thai, Boxing, Weapons Training, and others! This style of martial arts was born from competition, where practitioners adopted techniques from other styles to keep an edge on their opponents. Our classes display a fusion of both Japanese and American cultures, to both pay respects to the traditional Japanese roots of our art, as well as acknowledge its evolution into what is now a truly American form of karate. American freestyle karate is a living art that is constantly growing and evolving meet the challenges of the modern world. It is a powerful tool for self-defense and complete exercise for the mind, body, and spirit for students of any age!

There are a lot of things that set us apart from the rest, but one of the most shocking for people just getting started is our Membership cost and our flexibility. Our memberships are only $49 a month and include instant access to our Virtual Training. Our classes are held in 5 different facilities around Charlotte, Rock Hill, and Matthews, so you can pick the location closest to you or you can join in with different groups on different days. We're committed to making Martial Arts accessible to everyone we can!

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