Established in 1997 in Columbia, SC, Carter's Academy provides top quality instruction in Nihon Goshin Aikido, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Youth Bullyproof Programs and Women's Self-Defense. Our owner and head instructor, John Carter, is a 5th Degree Black-Belt Instructor in Nihon Goshin Aikido (a blend of Aikido, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo and Karate) and a Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Level 3 Instructor. He has over 30 years of experience in martial arts and has taught men, women and children from all walks of life. Headquartered in Lexington, SC, Carter's Academy is one of the largest Certified Nihon Goshin Aikido Training Centers © in the nation and a Level 3 Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center authorized by the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Headquarters Academy in Torrance, California.



Our age appropriate Youth classes are specifically designed and developed in order for your child to have the most successful, safe and meaningful self-defense experience.

Getting Started

Are you looking for the best in self-defense instruction? Do you want access to amazing curriculum such as Nihon Goshin Aikido, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Gracie Bullyproof and Women Empowered? Do you want to learn in a positive, safe, and competition-free environment? Are you looking for mature, well-educated, experienced and nationally certified instructors? Do you want professional, high quality programs for you and your family? If so, Carter's Academy is what you're looking for...learn more here.

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Teaching Nihon Goshin Aikido (a blend of Aikido, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo & Karate) since 1997.

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