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Owen Johnston – Karate Instructor and Personal Trainer
Private Martial Arts Lessons and Personal Training Sessions at Reasonable Rates
Serving the Pee Dee area of South Carolina; Other areas negotiable
Class prices and discounts sheet – private lessons and more
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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. If you need a knowledgeable martial arts instructor or personal trainer, look no further!

Why hire a personal trainer?
With time, patience, proper strength training, proper nutrition, and proper attention to lifestyle factors, almost anyone can transform their body and their life. Hard work builds not just strength, but willpower and confidence as well. A qualified, knowledgeable personal trainer can teach you proper training for functional, real world strength. I offer private lessons for many different types of exercises, including gymnastics, progressive calisthenics, and sandbag training.

I am dedicated to being the best personal trainer that I can through continuing education, as well as being open to all feedback from clients. I believe in continuously updating one’s knowledge base and expertise. As such, I am constantly refining my teaching methods.

Table of Contents:
Contact Information
Quick Biography
Qualifications and experience
About my classes and style
Quick list of class types
Free Consultation
Policies and procedures
Accepted payment methods
Private Lessons, Seminars, Public Classes, etc.
Books and Articles
Relevant Links
Other things I’m into
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Karate Instructor and Personal Trainer

Owen Johnston – Karate Instructor and Personal Trainer

Quick Biography

I am a karate instructor and personal trainer with over 10 years of experience in martial arts and fitness. 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 Progressive Calisthenics Instructor 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 over the years 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 became certified as a 3rd degree black belt Karate instructor under the International Fighting Arts Federation in September 2012. I became certified as a personal fitness trainer in March 2013. I became a PCC (progressive calisthenics certification) instructor in 2014.

Owen Johnston’s Primary Specialties

My primary specialty as a personal trainer is progressive calisthenics for strength, muscle, therapy, and skill. For information on other training methods that I teach, head to the class types section.

Owen Johnston’s Current Qualifications, Experience, and Affiliations

pcc instructor (progressive calisthenics certification)

PCC certified personal trainer

Current certifications:
Black belt certification in Heiwado karate under Japan International Karate Center (JIKC)
3rd degree black belt certification
Certified Progressive Calisthenics Instructor through Dragon Door:
Certified gymnastics instructor through USA gym since August 2014
– 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, when I became certified through ISSA
– Have served as a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, and karate instructor at Olympia Gymnastics since April 2014; serving as a gymnastics coach since August 2014
– Experience in boxing, running martial arts training camps, and many types of physical fitness training and exercises
– Have taught many students how to defend themselves, improve self confidence, and personal fitness
Click here to view my personal trainer / karate instructor resume

About my classes and style

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. In my karate classes, I teach traditional techniques, self defense, confidence building, and personal development. I also teach boxing and grappling basics, as well as physical fitness and strength training.

While my karate classes are geared towards teens and adults, I do occasionally accept children under the age of 13. Traditional uniforms and belt ranks are not used in my classes, but budo etiquette is still highly regarded.

Karate concepts: etiquette – http://youtu.be/ztsXMiO86Gg

Mizuumi ryu Karate is dedicated to developing body, mind, and spirit. Visit the Mizuumi ryu Karate Home Page for the description of the style. It is a hybrid style 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

Class Locations Blog – listings of public classes and additional offerings

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!

E-mail – owen@johnstonkarate.com

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 or after 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! To view rates for private lessons and public classes, view the document below –
General price sheet – private martial arts lessons and more

25% Discount on Class Packages and other discounts are offered – Visit the discount page

Seminars, clinics, travelling to you, etc. – We can meet at one of the locations where I teach, or I can travel to you. If you would like to schedule me for a seminar or event, please contact to negotiate. Travel expenses and full payment for my services must be arranged prior to the event.

Full info – Areas served and travel costs

Public classes – 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

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 all of my martial arts and fitness articles over at the Johnston Karate articles page. I have also written a book of poetry. All of my books are available via Amazon.com as professionally bound and printed trade paperback books, and Kindle E-Books.

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I also provide free PDF editions below.

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 contains all of the required reading for students in my karate classes.

Johnston Karate Guide to Functional Strength

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

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