Programs

We offer classes in 5 different martial arts styles. All classes are taught by highly qualified instructors who are energetic and outgoing! 



KEMPO KARATE

Kempo Karate is our combined fist art. Kempo Karate is composed of hard fist Karate-Do, soft fist Ju-Jitsu, and Kobudo. Kempo Karate is the first art a student begins to study.

Kempo Karate teaches sparring and sparring drills to help the student learn basic movement and application of punching and kicking combinations. This part of our curriculum would be classified as Karate-Do (Hard Fist).

Kempo Karate teaches Kempo Defenses which train the student to apply the Jiu-Jitsu (Soft Fist) techniques combined with the hard fist techniques in practical self-defense situations Some examples of this are defenses against grabs, pushes, punches, holds, kicks, and weapons defenses. Control techniques and take-downs are also included. Proper rolling and falling techniques are also included in Kempo Karate training.

Kempo Karate teaches the use of weapons or Kobudo. Both the defense against weapons and the use of weapons round out the student’s training to Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt).

SPORT KICKBOXING

Karate-Do is our hard fist art that uses punching, kicking, striking, and blocking together with sweeping techniques. Karate-Do stresses long range kicking techniques to disable an opponent, as well as knee and elbow strikes for close range defense. Karate-Do uses very little grappling techniques.

WEAPONS

Kobudo is the formal training of a student in the use of weapons in a defensive and offensive situation. Weapons are an extension of the body. If you cannot use your hands or feet, then weapons training will be almost impossible to master. Some of the weapons of Tetsu Shin Ryu Kempo are: Bo/Staff, Keibos, Sais, Kamas, Tonfas, and Nunchakus. These are considered traditional Okinawan weapons.

  Bo/Staff

  Kama

  Keibo

  Tonfa

  Sais

  Nunchakus

LITTLE DRAGONS

Are you looking for something that will improve your 3-4 year old's concentration, balance, motor skills, and their ability to follow instructions? Would you like an outlet for your child's boundless energy? Then the Little Dragons program is for you! This specially designed children's class is taught by Ray Thompson.


RCJ Machado BJJ

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting with the goal of gaining a dominant position and using joint-locks and chokeholds to force an opponent to submit. The art was based on early 20th century Kodokan Judo, which was itself then a recently-developed system (founded in 1882), based on multiple schools (or Ryu) of Japanese Jujutsu.

BJJ promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person using leverage and proper technique can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant. BJJ can be trained for self defense, sport grappling tournaments, and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition. Sparring (commonly referred to as 'rolling') and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition.

Pitch Black MMA

Pitch Black MMA is a program that combines the arts of Kempo Karate, Kickboxing, RCJ Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Wrestling.

Our program is designed for several types of people. Those who ultimately want to compete in amateur or professional combat sports competitions. Team Pitch Black fighters travel all over the United States and the world to compete and train with some of the best fighters in the world.  Those who have no desire to fight competitively but simply want to learn the skills of many forms of martial arts. Those who just want to get into great shape and be a part of a winning team. Our instructors, Ray Thompson, Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson, Thomas Lee, Karl Reed, and Bradley Strain are lifelong practitioners of many forms of Martial Arts.

They are dedicated to helping each student achieve their personal goals and reach their potential. Our facility is approximately 12,000 square feet and includes several large areas of open mat space, a 24ft regulation cage, a 24 ft regulation kickboxing ring, heavy bag area, and various other types of equipment used to perfect the fighting arts. We also have dressing rooms and showers for your convenience.

Hours

Monday11:00AM - 8:00PM
Tuesday11:00AM - 8:00PM
Wednesday11:00AM - 8:00PM
Thursday11:00AM - 8:00PM
Friday11:00AM - 7:00PM
Saturday9:00AM - 12:00PM
SundayCLOSED

Contact Us

Our Location

Upstate Karate

129 N Main St,

Simpsonville, SC 29681

Phone. 864-967-3930