Charleston Family Martial Arts is The Go-To Martial Arts School in Summerville For Adult & Kids Martial Arts Classes

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64 reviews

from families and students like you... and counting

4.9 out of 5

Average Customer Satisfaction Rating

Customers served! 1231 Students Trained!

Our son loves it here. He looks forward to going everyday he has class.
Ms.Lyon and Mr. Dees are great, talented and knowledgeable instructors that pay attention to all of their students. Would recommend them to anyone looking to learn karate!

Caroline H. | Mom

My husband and two teenage boys have had such a great experience here. They started in January 2023. With some previous karate experience, Mr. Dees and Miss Lyon have been so helpful in working with my family’s previous karate experience and this new journey...

Sarah B. | Mom

I have had such a great experience here. With some previous karate experience, they were so helpful in working with me and getting me on track with pursuing my second black belt..... Mr. Dees and Miss Lyon are both wonderful instructors, and I would highly recommend this dojo!

Joey B. | Trainee

Why Choose Charleston Family Martial Arts in Summerville?

What sets our school apart is our unwavering commitment not only to imparting martial arts skills but also to instilling a sense of responsibility that accompanies such capabilities.

Acknowledging that great skills and power entail corresponding responsibility, we prioritize cultivating values such as patience, perseverance, respect, and humility in our students. Beyond being an educational institution, our school functions as a community that promotes positive values.

  • Inclusive Learning: Our martial arts school fosters inclusive learning by welcoming diverse backgrounds, skill levels, and abilities. In an encouraging atmosphere, everyone is valued, respected, and supported on their unique martial arts journey.
  • Community Atmosphere: Our school is more than an institution; it's a community that fosters positive values, creating an environment where personal growth is encouraged and celebrated.
  • Versatile Goals: Whether your aim is fitness, self-improvement, or self-defense, our program is designed to meet diverse objectives.

Martial Arts Classes For Summerville Families.

What makes us special is that we offer a wide variety of programs designed to keep you active, build confidence, stay focused, and get fit, as you learn to protect yourself.

Family Classes

This martial arts class offers inclusive training for families, where expert instructors guide members through mastering techniques and advancing ranks, fostering camaraderie.

Weapon Training

This martial arts class offers the thrill of weapon training, mastering Nunchuks, Kamas, and Escrima sticks under expert supervision for safety and vibrancy.


This martial arts class is an arena where sparring animates training, bridging practice to real combat, honing reflexes, resilience, humility, and sportsmanship.


This martial arts class delves into self-defense mastery, crafting each step as a brushstroke, unveiling empowerment through technique, agility, and resilience.

How to get started

Like what you see so far? Here is how you can get more information about our programs, pricing, schedules, as well as how to get started.

Download our free starter kit.

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Join us for an assessment class.

Come join us for an assessment class to experience first hand what we are all about. Our instructor will work with you (or your kids) to figure out which program will help you reach your goals.


Sign up for one of our martial arts classes.

If you love what we have to offer, and think we can help you or your child achieve and grow, then let us know and we will enroll you into the program that fits you best.


Meet the Master Instructors Behind Charleston Family Martial Arts

They are not only accomplished practitioners themselves, often holding high-level belts, but they are also knowledgeable mentors who provide valuable insights into the techniques, strategies, and philosophy of Martial Arts.

At Charleston Family Martial Arts, we pride ourselves on the quality of our Coaches. You can expect the following from our Masters:

  • Amazing recommendations and positive reviews
  • A commitment to creating a positive Martial arts experience for all students, no matter their learning needs
  • A love and passion for teaching and helping students grow and succeed

Emily Lyon

Founder / Program Director
3rd Degree Black Belt in American

Free Style Karate
8+ Years in Martial Arts

Phillip Dees

Founder / Chief Instructor
3rd Degree Black Belt in American
Free Style Karate
6 Years in the United States Marines
Black Belt in MCMAP
12+ Years in Martial Arts

Why the Summerville Community Loves

Our Martial Arts Classes

Lacie Gooch recommends Charleston Family Martial Arts

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Started my kids here a few months back and the change in their behavior and respect level is incredible. Have great instructors here who really know how to communicate with all different types of personalities, I have so much respect for what they do. Thank you Ms.Lyons and Mr.Dees

Harry Chazen recommends Charleston Family Martial Arts

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Great place and great instructors! Very knowledgeable and they make it feel like a family atmosphere. I absolutely recommend this place. Five stars for sure. They teach children respect and positivity.

Shannon Montero recommends Charleston Family Martial Arts

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Love it here! We tried another place prior but once we tried out CFMA we were hooked!

It’s all because of Ms. Lyon + Mr. Dees. They have set up an amazing environment and are exceptional teachers and role models. My daughters are learning valuable life skills, healthy habits, gaining confidence, and having fun while doing it. I’ve even joined into the class and it's super fun...we now have a new family hobby! I love how the classes include both parents and kids / teens so that everyone can learn alongside each other.

Best decision of 2024 was joining this karate fam!

Matt Lindsey recommends Charleston Family Martial Arts

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Since enrolling my son in CFMA, I have noticed a huge build up of confidence, and a greater ability to follow directions.

Kevin Brophy recommends Charleston Family Martial Arts

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Highly recommend Charleston Family Martial Arts. Our youngest goes here despite her brothers going through another system. Reason why? The instructors! She fell in love with Ms Lyons from the first minute of the preview class. She made up her mind from there and doesn’t want to turn back. They teach more then kicking. The discipline taught by Mr Dees and Ms Lyon is second to none. If you have any doubts, go meet them in person and try out a class. Kids will come out with discipline and respect, but most of all confidence within themselves to defend and move forward in life.

Erin Garrett recommends Charleston Family Martial Arts

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My son loves the teachers and the experience at Charleston Family Martial Arts! We highly recommend them!

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