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3908 Winder Highway

Flowery Branch, GA  30542

Traditional Karate in Gainesville GA for the Modern World

Hall County Karate maintains the traditional approach to self-defense that has proven effective for centuries.  Our approach follows Karate’s tradition of using “whatever works” and staying prepared for any situation.

We also believe that our traditional values still are needed in modern society and that we need them more now than ever.  These values, like our self-defense, remain timeless:  Respect, honor, humility, and honesty.

If you’re looking for the most effective self-defense system or just want to improve your fitness level, improve your ability to focus, or want your children to develop more discipline, please come join us!

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Adult Karate in Gainesville, GA and Flowery Branch

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Women’s Self-Defense

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The  Only Traditional Karate in Gainesville GA, Flowery Branch, and Braselton

A Traditional Approach

Hall County Karate teaches Karate in Gainesville and Flowery Branch the way it was originally taught–for the purposes of effective, efficient self-defense.  We don’t teach Karate for sport or show, and only practice martial arts that have proven effective for over 500 years.

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Martial Arts for Everyone

Regardless of age, size, fitness level, anyone can practice Karate.  Beginner Karate classes build the strength, flexibility, and stamina needed for the advanced classes.  If you’re looking to get fit, but need to ease into heavier workouts, Karate is perfect for you.  Students can begin as young as six, and people as old as 80 have started Karate and made their way to black belt.

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Reasonable pricing

Hall County Karate in Flowery Branch has worked with Hall County to provide classes well below other martial arts schools in Flowery Branch and Gainesville.  We don’t force students into contracts, and we work with families to provide discount rates.  Our goal is to offer martial arts to the Gainesville and Flowery Branch communities.

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Traditional  Karate in Flowery Branch 

Our History

Hall County Karate was founded by Sensei Todd Irvine in 2013 after he had spent over 27 years studying Karate and other traditional Japanese and Okinawan Martial Arts. Our dojo began offering traditional Japanese Karate in Gainesville, GA, and gladly serves our community. 
Sensei Irvine founded Hall County Karate in Gainesville, GA to promote a more traditional approach to teaching Karate.  In 2017, we moved Hall County Karate to the Flowery Branch in the Mulberry Creek Community Center.  This gave us a location to convenient offer people traditional Karate in Gainesville, GA while also allowing us to offer our traditional martial arts in Flowery Branch and Braselton.  
Hall County Karate teaches Shito-Ryu Karate-do, which remains one of the four original and largest styles of Karate in Japan.  Although some modern ideas are incorporated in training, HCK believes strongly in the traditional purpose of Karate:  to train in highly effective self-defense techniques and to strive for the perfection of character. 
Karate has a very old and rich history.  If you want to find out more about Karate or Hall County Karate, use the link below for more detail.  We are pleased to offer traditional martial arts to Gainesville and all of South Hall County.  
In the old days we trained Karate as a martial art, but now they train Karate as a gymnastic sport. I think we must avoid treating Karate as a sport – it must be a martial art at all times! ” –Choshin Chibana (one of Motobu-Ha Shito-Ryu’s founder Shogo Kuniba’s instructors)

Traditional Karate Classes in Gainesville GA for Self-Defense 

Traditional martial arts classes are self-defense classes.  Modern martial arts classes train people to compete in competitions and to perform flashy techniques that, in a self-defense situation, are more dangerous to the person who does them than to the person who attacked them.

At Hall County Karate, we teach martial arts classes to learn to defend yourself.  We are the only martial arts school that teaches traditional Karate in Flowery Branch.  All of our classes build your ability to defend yourself should you ever need to do so.  

Our system teaches a traditional martial art that believes in simple, effective self-defense.  Yes, our self-defense classes can help you lose weight, get physically fit, or help your children develop more focus.  But the purpose of our martial arts classes will always do so while learning effective self-defense skills

Our martial arts classes in Flowery Branch preserve a martial art that can trace its history back for hundreds of years.  We can trace a direct lineage of the art as it was passed down from instructor dating back to the 1700s.  And the art of Karate goes at least 200 years farther back, although many of the names have been forgotten.

Our martial arts classes rely on a system that the centuries have proven to be effective.  Simply put, nobody would study and pass on a martial art for over 500 years unless it worked.  We still remain true to Karate’s original purpose, which simply means we train to survive a life-and-death encounter.

We invite you to come and try a class, or just to observe one.  Visit the other martial arts schools in Flowery Branch, Gainesville, or Braselton, too.  We are confident that if you are looking for an effective, real self-defense class, you’ll see that our Karate classes will give you what you need.