Established in 1997, Carter's Academy of Self-Defense provides top quality instruction in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Nihon Goshin Aikido, Youth Martial Arts (Gracie Bullyproof) and Women's Self-Defense. Our owner and head instructor, John Carter, has 33 years of experience in martial arts, is a 5th Degree Black-Belt in Nihon Goshin Aikido, a Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Level 3 Instructor and has taught Men, Women and Children from all walks of life. After graduating from The University of South Carolina, he began teaching Aikido, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Karate and Women's Self-Defense in the Lexington, Irmo and Columbia, SC areas. Today, our headquarters academy in Lexington is one of the largest Certified Nihon Goshin Aikido Training Centers © in the nation and is a Level 3 Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center authorized by the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Headquarters Academy in Torrance, California.
Carter’s Academy of Self-Defense is committed to exceeding your needs. Questions, comments or special requests? We’d love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate in reaching out today.
1216 West Main Street Lexington, SC 29072
1079 Dutch Fork Road Irmo, SC 29063
(Aikido, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo & Karate since 1997)