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Private Martial Arts Lessons and Training Sessions at Reasonable Rates
Based in Lake City, SC and serving the wider area

I hope I may be of service if you are looking for an experienced 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 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!

Contact Information
Quick Biography
About my classes and style
Quick list of class types
Free Consultation
Policies and procedures
Accepted payment methods
Private Lessons, Seminars, Public Classes, etc.
I can travel to you
Books and Articles
Relevant Links
Other things I’m into

Contact information

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Karate Instructor and Personal Trainer

Owen Johnston – Karate Instructor and Personal Trainer

Quick Biography

I am a freelance karate instructor and certified personal fitness trainer. I have been actively training in martial arts since June 10th, 2002, when I enrolled at Nippon Kokusai Karate Center (NKKC) 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 2004. NKKC is affiliated with Japan International Karate Center (JIKC). JIKC was founded by the late Hirano Kiyohisa-soke.

View Owen Johnston’s Certificate of Shodan / Black Belt in Heiwado Karate as a PDF
View Owen Johnston’s Personal Fitness Trainer Certification as a PDF

In late April 2005, I officially split from NKKC because of irreconcilable differences with the instructors, and founded Johnston Karate. Besides having continued teaching karate since then, I have trained at other JIKC dojo as time allows. I trained 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 trained in various other styles as well.

I began offering my services as a freelance Karate instructor in November 2012. I became certified as a personal fitness trainer in March 2013.

Owen Johnston’s Current Affiliations, Experience, and Qualifications

ISSA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer

ISSA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer

- 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 and many types of physical fitness training and exercises
- Have taught many students how to defend themselves, improve self confidence, and their personal fitness

About my classes and style

In my karate classes, I teach 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. For more -
Private Lessons, Public Classes, Seminars section
Class Locations homepage.

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 styles. 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.

Quick list of class types -

Private Martial Arts Lessons

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

Free Consultation

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 for an appointment!

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Policies and Procedures

My goal is for you to be 100% satisfied with my service as your Karate instructor or personal fitness trainer. Feel free to raise any questions or concerns with me. View my policies below -

Owen Johnston’s Policies and Procedures – PDF document


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.

Student Records and Waiver

PAR-Q and You – Health Questionnaire

Accepted payment methods

I accept cash, credit, and PayPal. You may pay when we meet in person, or 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.

PayPal Acceptance Mark

Private Lessons, Seminars, Public Classes, etc.

Please send me an e-mail at owen@johnstonkarate.com if you would like to schedule a private lesson, seminar, or similar. I hope to use my experience as a karate instructor and personal fitness trainer to serve your needs!
- Private lessons for individuals. $20 / half hour, $35 / hour, or $50 / two hours.
- Minimum 25% discount when you make an investment in a class package! I offer discounted rates for multiple private lessons.
- Private lessons for small groups. Maximum 10 people, to ensure the quality of individualized instruction. I offer discounts for multiple group sessions.
- View my price sheet for class package details!

Click here to view the price sheet for private martial arts lessons and more

- 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. For locations, schedules, and prices -

Johnston Karate – Class Locations

I can travel to you for private martial arts lessons and training sessions!

I can travel to you for private lessons, at no additional charge, if within 5 miles of Lake City, SC. Minimum $10 additional charge beyond that to cover my travel time and expenses. A full deposit on payment for travel time and expenses must be paid by credit or PayPal before training begins. Tuition may be pre-paid as well, or paid when I arrive (via cash, credit, or PayPal). Contact me to negotiate!

More info – Areas served and travel costs

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

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Owen Johnston’s Books and Articles

You can find my latest martial arts and fitness 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. It 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. It 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.

Understanding Karate Do – Student Guide Book – Amazon Store

Relevant Links

Mission Statement
Owen Johnston’s Karate Style and Lineage
Workout and Nutrition Charts – PDF

Other things I’m into

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 -

Ramblings of a Confused INFJ

Thank you for visiting my Karate Instructor / Personal Trainer website. Take care and God bless!

- Owen Johnston