Thursday, December 6, 2012

It's been awhile since my last post. My academy has seen an extremely busy summer and fall and we are looking forward to a great holiday season and an even better 2013! We just completed our Rener Gracie Seminar Series at my academy which was a huge success. We had great support from our local students as well as students coming in from outside of South Carolina. I enjoyed meeting all of our out of town guests and look forward to staying connected with our new friends. As usual with Rener teaching, he covered very practical and effective techniques with precision and detail. Everyone enjoyed the seminars and the "Renergy" was definitely present. I appreciate him taking the time to come out to my academy and I look forward to seeing him again soon.

Me, Benjamin & Rener Gracie - December, 2012

We conducted two adult seminar sessions and a bullyproof session in the afternoon.  I appreciate all the help I received from my assistants and of those students who brought in fruit, water and especially Lisa's world famous spring rolls.

Rener Gracie Seminar - Lexington, SC 2012

All our self-defense programs are doing well.  Our youth and adult Nihon Goshin Aikido classes are well attended and students are progressing nicely.  We will be adjusting some of our classes for January, 2013 to accommodate the growth of our student body and the demand for additional training.  The Little Samurai classes are doing great and the kids are keeping me on my toes!  Our Youth Gracie Jiu-Jitsu classes are growing every month and our Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Combatives classes are as busy as ever.  We will be hitting the Master Cycle Classes (blue-belt curriculum) hard starting January, 2013.  I want to congratulate all our students who made their Gracie Blue-Belts in 2012 and welcome each of you and many others to the Master Cycle!

Lastly, our Women's Self-Defense classes will be going into full gear. I will be conducting our bi-annual Free Women's Self-Defense Workshop on Saturday, December 8, 2012. We will be rolling out our 10-week, women-only group class that will address the most common attacks a female would face. Please see our website or Facebook page for class schedule and details.

I hope everyone enjoys the holidays and has a great 2013!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

See you on the mats.

Sensei John Carter

Friday, April 13, 2012

Featured Gracie CTC, Women's Self-Defense Course, Nihon Goshin Aikido Online, Youth Summer Camp....Oh My!

It's been a busy 2012! Our academy has been full of positive energy, we've enjoyed well attended classes and have had many new student enrollments. Our academy was recently the featured Gracie Certified Training Center by the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Headquarter's Academy. You can check out our video tour by clicking on the link below.

We also will be offering a much needed and very important Women's Self-Defense Course on Saturday, April 28th. It is currently full, but please contact us if you would like to attend. We could have a student or two cancel. We will also be offering another course in the Fall.  Make sure you visit our Facebook page and "like" us to keep updated on academy events.

Nihon Goshin Aikido Online is now live. All active Carter's Academy students receive free unlimited access to our online videos on our academy website (*Special Consideration Can Be Made For Non-Academy Students - Call or Email for Details). Instructional videos will include classical techniques, applications, strikes and more. See me at the academy for your username and password.

Lastly, our popular Youth Summer Camp is now scheduled and we are taking registrations. A great time will be had by all who are in attendance and no experience is required! We still have a few slots remaining, so please register early. To secure your spot, contact me at 803.546.6079 or at

See you on the mats!

Sensei John Carter

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

YOUTH SUMMER CAMP - June 25th through June 29th!

We just set the dates for our 2012 Youth Summer Camp. It will be Monday, June 25th - Friday, June 29th. Space is limited, so register early. I have included a few highlights below from last years camp. No experience necessary and this is open to all students as well as your siblings, friends and neighbors. See me at the academy for more information and to register. Flyer's and registration forms go out this week.

We just completed another successful summer camp. The kids and instructors all had a great time. Some of the activities during the camp included, "Bully Battles", Jiu-Jitsu Training, Japanese Calligraphy, Bullysafe and Stranger Awareness Discussions, Sensei Carter's Famous "Circle of Pain", an action packed grappling tournament, and good ole' fashion dodge ball. Needless to say we had a blast. We introduced a new activity called "Battle Sticks". This is where each kid got to take me on and battle it out with pugil sticks (the two ended staff). Of course the two ends are padded foam and the kids all wore protective gear. They certainly got in some nice shots.

I want to thank Matthew Palmer (Sienna's Dad) for coming by on Wednesday to teach as about Japanese culture. Everyone loved learning how to write in Japanese. Stay tuned for our Japanese Culture Night at the dojo where we will learn more about the Japanese traditions, make sushi, and have other activities.

We topped the camp off with the grappling tournament on the last day. The kids were excited all week for this event. We learned valuable ground-defense skills throughout the week that were put to the test during our tournament. All the kids showed, poise, character and good sportsmanship. It was very exciting to watch, coach and referee this activity. All the kids performed exceptionally well and appreciated the medals they earned. I was a very proud Sensei after all was said and done.

I want to thank all the kids and instructors for attending our camp and I look forward to seeing everyone next year!

Japanese Story Time

Fun with Jiu-Jitsu

Top Control
Proud Calligraphers

Bullyproof Lesson

Sensei making his point


Competitive Spirit

Japanese Calligraphy
Tournament Medals

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring Break Closings

We will be closed on Wednesday, April 4th through Tuesday, April 10th.

We will re-open on Wednesday April 11th at 5:00pm.

Have a safe spring break and a Happy Easter!

Sensei John Carter

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Welcome to 2012!

Welcome to 2012 and get ready for an exciting, busy and positive year at the academy. With the growth we experienced in 2011, this is sure to be one of our best years yet. We will be adding new classes to the schedule in both Nihon Goshin Aikido and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and we will be rolling out our new testing procedures. Classes will be busy, so don't hesitate to ask questions or to look to our staff assistant instructors for advice and answers. We have a top notch instructor staff to meet the needs of all of our students.

We will be open Monday, January 2nd at 5:00pm. The class schedule is as follows:

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Bullyproof - 5:00pm
Nihon Goshin Aikido Youth - 6:00pm
Nihon Goshin Aikido Adults - 7:00pm
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Combatives - 8:00pm
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Open Mat - 9:00pm

We look forward to a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

See you on the mats.

Sensei John Carter