Mountain Karate’s instructors are dedicated to helping every student get what they want and need from their martial arts training.

Lead instructor Jeff Brooks began his martial arts training in 1978.

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He opened his dojo in New England in 1988

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holding daily classes for children and adults there until 2009.

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Teaching thousands of adults and children karate in classes, self-defense seminars, and professional programs in combative skills.

He was awarded seventh degree black belt in Shorin Ryu in 2004, and teaches classes for kids and adults in classes in Saluda and Flat Rock, NC.

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Fourth degree black belt instructor Tarleton Brooks, is an artist whose martial arts murals and paintings inspire generations of martial arts practitioners.

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Jeff Brooks learned from leading teachers in Okinawan, Japanese, and Chinese traditions in the US and overseas. Among them Katsuhiko Shinzato, translator of Shoshin Nagamine’s Essence of Okinawan Karate Do, and disciple of the Kishaba brothers karate and kobudo at one time; and Sogen Sakiyama, Roshi, practitioner of Goju-ryu karate,

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and Shoshin Nagamine, Chief of the Okinawan Prefecture Motobu District Police, and founder of the Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu Karate style.

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As a police officer, detective, Deputy US Marshal and Deputy Sheriff, Brooks was responsible for the successful investigation of many serious crimes. He also served as a state certified law enforcement defensive tactics instructor, firearms instructor, and PPCT defensive tactics instructor.


Jeff Brooks has written numerous published articles on martial arts, and has been cited widely online and in print. He has written speeches and presentations for high profile public figures in politics, media, business and the arts.

Mountain Karate and Jeff Brooks are not affiliated with any systems or organizations.  Friends and visitors from around the world join together to share training, insights and spirit. The authenticity of our lineage and practice are evident at every class and event.


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(Drawings, prints and paintings on this site are original art by Tarleton Brooks,

Copyright©1999-2017 Tarleton Brooks )

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