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."

- Jonathan Jeffcoat

"My entire family trains at Carter's Academy.  I feel more comfortable with my family's street self-defense skills.  I've also learned additional techniques that I can use daily in my law enforcement career to help control a suspect in a non-violent manner."



"Where Self-Defense is a Science."


1216 West Main Street Lexington, SC 29072

1079 Dutch Fork Road Irmo, SC 29063

(Aikido, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo & Karate since 1997)