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Just, Not the Same

Just, Not the Same

October 12, 2020

On the first day I received these two belts they looked nearly the same. The same two-inch Shureido black belts, the same gold embroidered kanji, the same five characters on one of the ends of each belt – “from Sakiyama Sogen” – the teacher who presented them to me.  On the other end of the […]

Mountain Training

Mountain Training

October 11, 2020
Mountain Karate is Outstanding

Mountain Karate is Outstanding

September 29, 2020

Every student in our program builds fitness and flexibility, with a level of challenge that’s just right for them. We teach a complete, authentic martial art, for practical self-defense. The atmosphere is friendly but serious. What we don’t have: high priced belt tests, big egos, a cult-of-the-founder, or long term contracts. Our instructors are experienced […]

The Dojo and the Crime Scene

The Dojo and the Crime Scene

September 16, 2020

  Amid all the shouts of f*ck the police there are millions of people who call the police, every day. For help. Most of them are calling because they are afraid or have been hurt, or their stuff has been stolen. They are calling for help.   Often, they call for protection from drug dealers […]

The Threat Matrix

The Threat Matrix

July 30, 2020

It is not just our bodies that may be threatened. Our minds come under attack every day. Our training makes it possible for us to detect those threats – and to take skillful action to avoid, reduce or eliminate them. These threats are as real and as deadly as the physical ones we face.   […]

Concealed in Kihon

Concealed in Kihon

July 28, 2020

  Ikken hissatsu may be an ideal way to resolve a lethal confrontation. We may train to achieve this with ippon kumite, developing speed, precision, and the will to take decisive action, without hesitation or haste. We can train this with every move in kata too.   But we cannot always rely on ikken hissatsu […]

Two To The Head

Two To The Head

July 20, 2020

Our double punch has a unique high-power application, facilitated by uniquely Okinawan training.

Having a Practice

Having a Practice

July 2, 2020

Having a practice is not the same as doing an activity or learning a skill set. An ‘activity’ is interesting or pleasant or distracting or edifying or fun. We enjoy it. It might make a lasting impression, but it probably won’t. Go to dinner or a movie, play a game or go for a walk. […]

Gradient of Competence

Gradient of Competence

July 1, 2020

There are a lot of pop culture references to traditional karate that make fun of it. From the Karate Kid movies to Seinfeld to Jim Carrey to Friends and on and on, karate dojo’s are mocked, and karate teachers are presented as pompous, self-regarding goof balls.   A healthy dojo is a training environment. To […]

The Peak Experience

Our members have different goals and abilities. They all come for a challenge. Here is what they have to say:

Troy Rogers

Morality or our Core beliefs are guarded by training the mind, body, & spirit. I have practiced martial arts since I was a young man and I recommend my home Dojo and teacher Sensei Jeff Brooks at Mountain Karate for this Journey to everyone.

Troy Rogers
Srinivas Jaini

The energy and inspiration from Sensei Brooks teaching is invaluable. I’ve been to 2 summer seminars hosted by Sensei Brooks, and both have been packed with learning, experiences and unforgettable memories for me and my family. We look forward to more training opportunities! 

Srinivas Jaini
Dr. Bonnie Williamson

Karate has numerous health benefits for everyone and all ages.   If anyone in Henderson/Polk County is interested – We have a real gem here in Saluda With Jeff Brooks’ Mountain Karate. I personally love it and is fabulous exercise. 

Dr. Bonnie Williamson
Tarleton Brooks

Karate saved my life when I was confronted – and it has made an incredible difference in every part of life – in ways I could never have imagined when I started training almost 30 years ago. – Sensei Tarleton Brooks, Martial arts instructor, painter, mother.

Tarleton Brooks
Cassandra Nelson

“I’m grateful for the opportunity Sensei Brooks offers, to delve into an art that challenges mind and body, perceptions and self awareness. It will take a lifetime to comprehend but I’m enjoying every step along the way!” – Cassandra Nelson, Martial Arts and Yoga instructor and Builder.

Cassandra Nelson
Michael Lushington

Mountain karate is an exceptional martial arts training environment with clear and effective instruction backed by years of personal, professional and practical experience.  I recommend it highly. – Sensei Michael Lushington, Black Belt Instructor, Dojo Leader

Michael Lushington
Eric P. Bishop

Mountain Karate has helped instill in my son Bruce the long-standing traditions of discipline, perseverance, and a pursuit of excellence. – Eric P. Bishop, Author, “The Body Man”

Eric P. Bishop
Bruce Bishop

I love karate. It’s great!

Bruce Bishop
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