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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Thousands of adults and children attended classes, self-defense seminars, and programs in combative skills.

He was awarded seventh degree black belt in Shorin Ryu in 2004, and continues training kids and adults in classes in Saluda, NC.





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Fourth degree black belt instructor Tarleton Brooks teaches and inspires in every class.

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Her scrolls, paintings and murals are a unique dimension of our training.

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Jeff Brooks learned from leading teachers in Okinawan, Japanese, Chinese and Tibetan 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,



Sogen Sakiyama, Roshi, practitioner of Goju-ryu karate,

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

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

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He has written numerous published articles on martial arts, and has been cited widely online and in print. He has written speeches and presentations for leaders in politics, media, business and the arts.


US Shorin Ryu Certificate

Nagamine Certificate

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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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