Welcome to Carter's Academy of Self-Defense Blog hosted by Sensei John Carter and the Columbia, South Carolina Dojo. A place to discuss dojo news and martial arts topics related to the art of Nihon Goshin Aikido and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
Sensei John Carter has 28 years of experience in martial arts and self-defense instruction. He is a Certified Black-Belt Instructor in Nihon Goshin Aikido and a Certified Level 2 Instructor in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. He has additional training in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, and Karate.
Mr. Carter graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and also earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He has conducted courses for law enforcement professionals from Richland & Lexington County Sheriff's Departments, SC Highway Patrol, and SLED. Sensei Carter has also been featured on WLTX Channel 19, WACH FOX 57, WIS TV Channel 10, and in the Lexington Dispatch as well as the Carolina Reporter giving practical self-defense advice, techniques and tips.
In 1997, he established The Aikido Academy of Self-Defense dojo in Columbia, SC. Mr. Carter is the senior representative of the art of Nihon Goshin Aikido in Columbia, SC and his academy is the first Training Center in the state of South Carolina to be certified by The Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy Headquarter's in Torrance, California.