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

Jeff Brooks began his martial arts training in 1978. He opened his dojo in New England in 1988, holding daily classes for children and adults until 2009.

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He was promoted to seventh degree black belt in Shorin Ryu in 2004,

and continues sharing training and skills with kids and adults at schools, churches, community centers and at their new dojo in Saluda, NC.

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Thousands of adults and children attended classes and seminars at his dojo, as well as in programs he led at schools, houses of worship and colleges, in programs for at risk youth, at the YMCA, at camps and in courses and seminars for professionals.

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Fourth degree black belt Instructor Tarleton Brooks teaches classes for all ages and ranks,

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and painted the many scrolls, paintings and murals like the ones below

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that continue to be a unique aspect of the schools.





Jeff Brooks learned from leading teachers in Okinawan, Japanese, Chinese and Tibetan traditions in the US and overseas.  Among them Katsuhiko Shinzato a student of the Kishaba brothers at his dojo at Yonabaru,

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Sogen Sakiyama, Roshi, practitioner of Goju-ryu at Kozen-ji,



and Sensei Shoshin Nagamine, Chief of the Okinawan Motobu District Police, and head of his Shorin Ryu Karate style at his dojo in Naha and in the US.

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


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He has written numerous published articles on martial arts. His martial arts writing has been cited widely online and in print. Before entering law enforcement he wrote speeches and created presentations for public figures in politics, media, business and the arts.

Jeff Brooks briefs community and professional groups on issues of public interest including personal safety and community security.


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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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