Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sensei Carter's 2011 Year End Message - What a Year!

This past year has been one the most positive, prosperous and inspiring years for me both personally and professionally.  Of course the birth of our third son this past August has brought happiness and excitement to our home and family.  I would not be where I am today without the loving support of my wife and our three boys.  Family truly comes first!

I finalized my Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Instructor Certification this year resulting in our academy becoming a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Certified Training Center.  It was a lot of work, sacrifice and dedication, but it was well worth it.  Additionally, our Nihon Goshin Aikido classes have been well attended and all our self-defense programs were well received and supported by our current and new academy members. 

Our after-school programs have done fantastic.  We have 4 sites in the Lexington and Irmo area and all are thriving.  I want to thank each site coordinator for their support and effort in making these programs so successful.  I also was honored to participate in a very important Anti-Bullying Rally in Columbia this year.  It was held at a local high school and I was asked to introduce Parents, Teachers, Administrators and Youth of all ages to our vitally important Self-Defense programs.  We look forward to working with the event coordinator again in 2012 and many years to come!

Our student body enjoyed great retention and growth in 2011.  We reached a record number of students and look forward to even more student growth in 2012.  We have worked hard since January 1997 to attract and maintain the best students possible.  This is vital in producing an unique, top notch learning environment.  I am confident that our student body is one of the best around.  I want to thank all my students and senior students for making this possible.

I want to wish everyone and your family a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

See you on the mats in 2012!

Sensei John Carter

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Academy Closings

We will be closed Monday, December 19th through Sunday, January 1st.  We will hold an Open Mat from 7:00pm to 9:00pm on Wednesday, December 21st and Wednesday, December 28th for Academy Students.  Remember, Wednesday nights are "Bring a Friend" night, so feel free to bring someone with you.

Have a safe and Happy Holiday Season!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sensei Carter

Sunday, December 4, 2011

New Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Youth Class Time

New Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Class for Youth ages 8 to 12 on Saturday mornings 9:00am to 10:00am.  Please take a moment and read the class description below.


"Every day 160,000 children miss school out of fear or intimidation of a bully."

-National Education Association

Jr. Grappler's (Ages 8 to 12)

Since bullying is most prevalent in this age group, we teach the children in the Jr. Grappler's class the techniques they must know in order to defend themselves if attacked. The best part about the techniques is that they are all non-violent control tactics designed to minimize injury to the bully if used during a real fight. What makes the GRACIE BULLYPROOF program unique is that we develop your child's character as well as their confidence. During each class, we dedicate a few minutes to discussing a featured character trait and the simple things your child can do to make it part of their everyday lives.

We also offer classes every Monday and Wednesday at 5:00!  Please stop by for a tour of our academy or a free class trial.

Sensei John Carter