Nihon Goshin Aikido Level I Certified Instructor & New Sho-Dan
We were pleased to present Bryan Winfree, Ni-Dan, with a Level 1 Instructor Certification in the art of Nihon Goshin Aikido. Bryan has been training and teaching at our academy for over 12 years and has been team-teaching with me every week for the last 3 years. He most certainly understands and upholds our high standards when teaching our official curriculum. He is a great example for students, a great leader on the mat and an exemplary martial artist. I look forward to having Bryan as an instructor for many years to come. Also, look out for him in Irmo!
We were excited to recently promote Jonathan Wilson to the rank of Sho-Dan (first degree black-belt). He has been training at our academy for almost 5 years and has been a great student and teacher over the years. He has always been available to assist when needed due to instructor illness or when family responsibilities occasionally take me away from the dojo. Jonathan is well liked by his fellow black belts and academy students. He has a great passion for our art and we enjoy having his positive attitude and strong work ethic in our training environment.
Interesting Fact: Jonathan Wilson is the 18th Black-Belt to be promoted out of our school since establishment in January, 1997 in Columbia, SC!
Carter's Academy of Self-Defense - Irmo, South Carolina
Our youth classes have been growing like crazy in Irmo, our Friday class is now full and Bryan Winfree wants to expand his teaching hours in the Irmo, SC area. These three things could not have come at a better time! In January, 2014, we will be adding more Aikido classes on our schedule in Irmo. Bryan has partnered with a long time friend and Karate training colleague, Nikki Knits. Her dojo is located at 7960 Broad River Road. Adult, Youth and Women's Self-Defense classes will be held throughout the week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays with more classes to be added. Please check our website and facebook page for more information. Aikido students and potential Aikido students can contact us at 803.546.6079 for more information.
We have been having a great time with all our Women's Self-Defense Classes, Seminars and Workshops. We are conducting regular classes every Tuesday at 7:00pm in Lexington and Every Other Saturday at 12:30pm in Irmo. Lauren Loftley, (Black-Belt in Ju-Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Completion of Gracie Combative's Course and a Richland County Sheriff's Deputy) assists me with this class. Pretty Good Huh Ladies!
In this class, we cover the 15 most common attacks a female would face from a male attacker. And with the state of South Carolina ranking Number 1 in the country for WOMEN BEING MURDERED BY MEN, our communities can use all the self-defense instruction we can get. Please visit us at www.cartersacademy.com or call me at 803.546.6079 for more information. No experience is required and the first class is always free.
See you on the mats!
Sensei John Carter