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 the southeast area of North Carolina. This page includes information about what I teach, my qualifications, and experience. If you need a knowledgeable martial arts instructor or personal trainer, look no further! Contact me if you have any questions, or want to schedule a FREE consultation -
Table of Contents – Karate Instructor Page
1) Quick Biography // 2) Affiliations, Experience, Qualifications // 3) About my classes
4) About my style of Karate // 5) Accepted payment methods 6) Private Lessons, Seminars, etc.
7) Policies and Procedures 8) My books and articles // 9) Relevant Links
10) Other things I’m into
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.
Owen Johnston’s Current Affiliations, Experience, and Qualifications
- 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 freelance karate instructor since November 2012
- Have offered my services as a personal trainer since March 2013
- Experience in running martial arts training camps
- Experience in boxing and various other styles
- Member of International Fighting Arts Federation
- Experience in many types of physical fitness training and exercises
- Have taught many students how to defend themselves, improve self confidence, and improve their personal fitness
About my classes
I focus my karate classes primarily on not only teaching a martial art based on traditional techniques, but also self defense, confidence building, and personal development. I also teach boxing and grappling basics, as well as physical fitness and strength training.
I am very selective about the students I accept into my martial arts classes. Also, I do not normally accept students under the age of 13. However, I can make special exceptions. Please get in touch with me to schedule a free consultation.
While I normally focus on teaching private lessons, I also offer fitness and karate classes that are open to the public. View the Private Lessons, Seminars, Group Classes etc. section further down for more.
About my style
Mizuumi ryu Karate, the style that I developed and teach, 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. The primary physical goals are to teach students not only martial arts and practical self defense skills, but also good health habits, and progressive calisthenics techniques for training the body as one holistic, functional unit. Mizuumi emphasizes a well rounded approach that teaches the body mechanics behind martial arts and exercise techniques.
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.
Accepted payment methods
Cash, PayPal, and credit card. I can send an online invoice (via PayPal) to your e-mail that you can use to pay immediately for services and/or goods. You don’t need a PayPal account – all major credit cards accepted.
Private Lessons, Seminars, Public Classes, etc.
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, $40 / hour, or $60 / 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 – $50 / person
Half hour – $10 / person; 1 Hour – $20 / person; 2 Hours – $35 / person
Half hour – $7.50 / person; 1 Hour – $15 / person; 2 Hours – $25 / person
I offer discounts for multiple group sessions.
- Seminars, clinics, etc. may be arranged – contact to negotiate.
- Ongoing public classes – minimum payments are $10 per class and $40 monthly. Contact me if you want to set up a new martial arts or fitness program. I currently teach public classes in Lake City, SC and St. Stephen, SC. Visit below for information -
Johnston Karate – Class Locations
My top priority as a karate instructor, fitness 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.
“Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.”
- Matthew 19:21
“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
Policies and Procedures
I do my best to serve every client with honesty, integrity, and professionalism. 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. I aim to provide the best martial arts and/or fitness experience possible and want to see every student succeed. Please view the policies document below.
Owen Johnston’s Books and Articles
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. View it for free -
Moonlit Journey – free online PDF book of poetry
Written by Owen Johnston, illustrated by T.O.D. Johnston
Understanding Karate Do – free online PDF book
My karate student guide book may be read or downloaded for free at its official website above. 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, self defense principles, and my own articles on philosophy, the syllabus for my karate classes, and much more. I also maintain a blog on the official website for the book where I provide supplementary resources.
Understanding Karate Do – Supplementary Resources – PDF Book
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 -
Thank you for visiting my Karate Instructor / Personal Trainer website. Take care and God bless!
- Owen Johnston