The Belvidere Academy of Karate and Self Defense is a community-oriented martial arts school that focuses on creating a positive and hard-working atmosphere for our students.  Located in the A&P Shopping Center in Belvidere, NJ on US Route 46, we focus on the fundamental benefits of martial arts to the body, mind and spirit while teaching self defense, discipline and perseverance.  We teach a unique blend of martial arts rooted in Isshin Ryu, blending other complimentary teachings from Judo, Jujitsu, American-style Boxing and other martial arts styles.

Isshin Ryu, translated as "The One Heart Way", was founded in 1954 by Master Tatsuo Shimabuku and is a blend of three core Okinawan styles - Shorin Ryu, Gojo Ryu and Nahate.  Master Shimabuku took the best attributes of these styles to create a martial arts system that has a good blend of techniques and skills that are universally applicable to many situations.

We offer classes for all ages that distinctly structured and planned according to the learning methods appropriate for the age group.  Rooted in Piaget's theory of cognitive development, our classes ensure that the teaching methods used are specifically tailored to how a particular age group learns and acquires skills.  This enables our instructors to promote a safe and positive learning environment and allows our students to learn at the at an age- and rank-appropriate pace.

Each class is professionally planned and structured to develop a positive attitude and environment for effective learning.  Not only do we teach the art of self-defense, but also physical fitness, conditioning, agility and balance while promoting excellent life skills like confidence, self-discipline, focus, and respect.  Parents will enjoy seeing your children grow, learn new skills and gain confidence, self esteem and respect.

This is by far the greatest gift you can give to your children! The art of Karate is only one aspect of the great work Mr. Johnson does. The self esteem, confidence, & character building along with the life lesions he teaches far exceeds any expectation you may have. I am astounded at the way he deals with all kinds of children! A 5 star rating is not good enough for this Academy!!
- Dawn, Parent of one of our students

Each age group has specific learning objectives:

  • Tiny Tigers (ages 3 - 5) - Coordination, listening skills, gross and fine motor skills, and social interaction while gaining self-confidence and lengthening attention span
  • Little Dragons (ages 5 - 7) - Confidence, self-control, self-discipline, exercise and focus and fine motor skills
  • Kids (ages 8 - 12) - Strength, agility, self-esteem, balance, self defense, and confidence to say "No" to peer pressure
  • Teens* (ages 13 and up) - Strength, agility, self-esteem, balance, self defense, and confidence to say "No" to peer pressure
  • Adults* (ages 13 and up) - Strength, endurance, self defense, fun, confidence, stress reduction and life-balance

Our teens and adults train side by side in the same class to promote cross-demographic skills - kids learn by example and see confident, responsible adults working hard, while adult learn to have fun and a enjoy a stress-reduced mindset by working with teens and younger adults.

Our instructors are all long-time students of Sensei Johnson and  continue to train inside the dojo as students, honing their skills and teaching abilities.  Each have spent countless hours on the dojo floor working side by side with Sensei Johnson and have been specially trained and promoted as instructors by the Shinjitsu Do Board of Directors.

We specifically plan and structure our curriculum so new students can begin training at any time.  Call or stop by the school to get started with our introductory program, which includes one month of classes.  There is no long-term obligation required - just the commitment to explore all of the benefits karate brings to the body and mind.

To get started, simply come by our school on a regularly scheduled training day.  Please arrive 15-minutes prior to class beginning so that you may complete the necessary paperwork.  For your convenience, we have included the necessary forms below, or we can provide you with a copy when you arrive.

We look forward to seeing you!

Our Location

A&P Shopping Center
537 Route 46 East
Belvidere, NJ 07823
(908) 818-8227

We are conveniently located in the A&P Shopping Center on Route 46 in Belvidere, NJ.  Our location has been home to our dojo for over 20 years.

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