Greetings, my name is Owen Johnston, and I hope that I may be of service if you are looking for an experienced freelance karate instructor or personal fitness trainer. I am a native of Lake City, SC, and eternally worship Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I am happy to serve the Pee Dee and Lowcountry areas of South Carolina, and southeast North Carolina. If you need a knowledgeable martial arts instructor or personal trainer, look no further!
Table of Contents – Karate Instructor Page
About my classes and style
Quick list of class types
Policies and procedures
Accepted payment methods
Pay now for private martial arts lessons or other classes
Private Lessons, Seminars, Public Classes, etc.
Books and Articles
Other things I’m into
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I am a freelance karate instructor and certified personal fitness trainer. I have been actively training in the martial arts since June 10th, 2002, when I enrolled at the Nippon Kokusai Karate Center (NKKC) location in Lake City, SC. I took over management of this location in January 2004, and obtained the rank of shodan (first degree black belt) in October of that year. NKKC is affiliated with Japan International Karate Center (JIKC). JIKC was founded by the late Hirano Kiyohisa-soke.
In late April 2005, I officially split from NKKC because of irreconcilable differences with the instructors, and founded Johnston Karate. Since then, I have had the opportunity to train in various other styles. Besides having continued teaching karate over the years, I have trained at various other JIKC dojo as time allows. I trained once or twice a week at a boxing gym in Sumter, SC, for about 3 years. I also trained once a week for a year and a half in Brazilian Jiujitsu, in Conway, SC.
I began offering my services as a freelance Karate instructor in November 2012. I became certified as a personal fitness trainer in March 2013.
- Black belt certification in Heiwado karate under Japan International Karate Center (JIKC)
- Personal fitness trainer certification under -
ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association)
- Formally teaching martial arts since 2004
- Have offered my services as a karate instructor since November 2012
- And as a personal trainer since March 2013
- Experience in running martial arts training camps
- Experience in boxing
- Experience in many types of physical fitness training and exercises
- Have taught many students how to defend themselves, improve self confidence, and their personal fitness
I focus my karate classes on teaching a martial art based on traditional techniques, self defense, confidence building, and personal development. I also teach boxing and grappling basics, as well as physical fitness and strength training.
I offer private martial arts lessons and training sessions, as well as fitness and karate classes that are open to the public. These classes are offered at a lower cost than private lessons. View the Private Lessons, Public Classes, Seminars section or head over to my Class Locations page.
Mizuumi ryu Karate is dedicated to developing body, mind, and spirit. Visit the Mizuumi ryu Karate – Official Home Page for the description of the style. It is primarily based on Heiwado Karate and Boxing, with some influence from grappling arts. Heiwado is the style founded by JIKC / NKKC, and mostly based on Wado ryu Karate and Shotokan. Heiwado emphasizes quick evasive movements and hard direct strikes, as well as development of the mind and body. For more, view Karate Style and Lineage Information, and Free Karate Downloads. For more about JIKC and Heiwado Karate, refer to their JIKC Frequently Asked Questions.
Private Martial Arts Lessons – summary blog post
Private Lessons, Public Classes, Seminars – quick link to below section, which includes my rates
Class Locations Blog – listings of public classes and additional offerings
More about our athletic club / personal training studio in Lake City, SC
I always offer an initial consultation so that we can discuss your goals and what types of classes would be most suitable. If we decide to continue with your training, we will negotiate the time, place, and payment plan. If you are interested in having me as your private martial arts instructor or personal trainer, contact me today to schedule a free consultation.
My goal is for you to be 100% satisfied with my service as your Karate instructor or personal fitness trainer. Always feel free to raise any questions or concerns with me after each class or to contact me afterwards. Please view my policies below -
If you’re interested in having me as your karate instructor or personal trainer, print and fill out the forms below to bring in to our initial consultation.
Cash, PayPal, and credit card. I can send an online invoice (via PayPal) to your e-mail that you can use to pay immediately. You don’t need a PayPal account – all major credit cards accepted. We have Wi-Fi internet installed at our athletic club, which we can use to quickly and securely process credit card or PayPal payments.
If you’ve already gone through the signup process (initial consultation and paperwork), feel free to head over to the class payment page for a quick, secure, easy way to pay online -
Please send me an e-mail at email@example.com if you would like to schedule a private lesson, seminar, or similar. I hope to use my experience as a freelance karate instructor and personal fitness trainer to serve your specific needs.
- Private lessons for individuals. $20 / half hour, $35 / hour, or $50 / two hours. I offer discounted rates for multiple classes – for example, $60 for 4 half hour sessions, or $150 for 12.
- Private lessons for small groups. Maximum 10 people, to ensure the quality of individualized instruction.
Group rates for private lessons -
Half hour – $15 / person; 1 Hour – $30 / person; 2 Hours – $45 / person
Half hour – $10 / person; 1 Hour – $20 / person; 2 Hours – $30 / person
Half hour – $7.50 / person; 1 Hour – $10 / person; 2 Hours – $20 / person
I offer discounts for multiple group sessions.
- Seminars, clinics, etc. may be arranged – contact to negotiate.
- Public classes – these are offered at per-class and monthly rates that are lower than private lessons. Contact me if you want to set up a new martial arts or fitness program. Visit below for locations, schedules, and prices -
My top priority as a karate instructor, personal trainer, and as a human being, is giving as much of my time and compassion to students as possible. I give God all the glory! I pray I can share God’s light with others through Christ-like love, compassion, and material support.
“And Jesus answered him, ‘The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.’ “
- Luke 12:29-31
You can find my latest martial arts and fitness related books and articles over at the Johnston Karate free online PDF books and articles. I am also into poetry, and have a book of my collected poems published through Amazon.
Moonlit Journey – free online PDF book of poetry
Written by Owen Johnston, illustrated by T.O.D. Johnston
Understanding Karate Do – PDF book – official website
My karate student guide book may be read or downloaded for free. The book contains all of the required reading for students in my karate classes. It is also available via Amazon.com as a professionally bound and printed trade paperback book, and a Kindle E-Book. The book details various techniques, basic drills, kata, principles, the syllabus for my karate classes, and more. I also maintain a blog on the official website for the book.
While I tend to be a very private person, I’ll share a few things. I work at Paran Baptist Church in Lake City, SC and help my father T.O.D. Johnston in preparing his Bible study lessons for publication on Amazon. Visit our Bible study lessons website, where you can view the lessons for free. I also run a personal blog over at -
Thank you for visiting my Karate Instructor / Personal Trainer website. Take care and God bless!
- Owen Johnston