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Men, Women and Children from all walks of life make up our academy family. Their unique skills, backgrounds and professions create a one-of-kind learning environment where all experience a first-class education in martial arts and self-defense.


Hear what our members have to say!

- Paul Espinoza

“I have been involved in martial arts for over 20 years and I've been under Sensei Carter's instruction since 2015. His passion and commitment to sharing his wealth of knowledge in the field of martial arts to his students is unparalleled. The community is truly blessed to have him teaching here.”


- Lisa Egbert

"Carter's Academy is a Five Star Dojo! I enjoy training with Sensei Carter who is an outstanding instructor.  I'm looking forward to many more years of training at his academy and would highly recommend this school to anyone looking for effective, professionally taught martial arts."


- Chief of Police, Michael Hamilton

"As a police officer for 28 years, I have found my training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at John Carter's academy extremely valuable. As Chief of Police in Fountain Inn, SC, I incorporate his technical knowledge while training our officers to be better prepared during physical encounters.  John teaches in a way that is fun, positive and engaging while sharing technical expertise that is practical for all types of physical confrontations."


- Kelly Huckaby

"Our decision to enroll our girls in the Women Empowered® Program was borne out of a desire to protect our kids, even when we can't be there physically.  The lessons my girls are learning at Carter's Academy will be with them for the rest of their lives, and that peace of mind is priceless.  We are much more comfortable now with our girls being out on their own.  Joining my girls in the WE class has been tremendous fun and a great bonding experience."


- Gena Henderson

"We have been with Carter’s Academy for four years. No words can describe our deepest appreciation for the teachings and positive influence we have experienced at this academy.  Our son has learned the importance of self-discipline, self-respect, and self-defense. Sensei Carter demonstrates great knowledge and respect for the origin and traditions of Jiu-Jitsu in a safe, fun and nourishing environment. We feel so blessed to have found and highly recommend Carter’s Academy of Self Defense!"

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