Classic City Karate

Classic City Karate : Empowering students through martial arts.

Discover the best martial arts classes in Athens at Classic City Karate. Get fit and learn self-defense from the experts. We offer a diverse range of martial arts disciplines, each a pathway to self-discovery and empowerment, waiting for you to step onto the tatami and unlock your inner warrior.

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Chief Instructor is Sensei Shawn McElroy

Classic City Karate instructors are more than just teachers; they’re seasoned mentors who have faced their own battles and emerged victorious. With years of experience and unwavering passion, they’ll personalize your training journey, ensuring each technique becomes a brushstroke on the canvas of your self-confidence. Classic City Karate isn’t just a place to learn martial arts; it’s a launchpad for your inner hero. Join our tribe, unleash your fighting spirit, and etch your own legend in the annals of Athens. Contact us today and ignite your journey to becoming the champion you were always meant to be.


Q Are Parents Allowed To Watch?

We encourage parents to watch their children in their kids martial arts lessons. We love parents getting involved! And so do their kids. Even better… join into some of our martial arts classes for adults. Your kids will love that you have something in common. It will build a strong family bond!
Additionally, if you wanted some ‘me-time’? Simply drop them off, and go grab a coffee. They will greet you with a huge smile when you return, because they had SO much fun!

Q Will My Child Become A Bully?

A specific part of our preschool and kids martial arts classes at Classic City Karate is teaching respect, and teaching when to use their new self defense training and when to NOT use them. We find that our students become more confident to stand up to bullies. And have more humility and kindness to others through their martial arts lessons.

Q I'm out of shape. Am I going to be able to keep up in class?

That's what we're here for! There's no sense trying to "get in shape" before you sign up. Just get started! All that we ask is that you try your best, and you keep moving! With time, your strength and endurance will increase, and things will get easier. Yes, it will be challenging, but most of the best things in life come with hard work!

Q How Long Until I Get My Black Belt?

Truthfully, the journey to Black Belt is an individual one. Everyone can progress at a different pace. There is no judgment on students for how long it does take. What we can tell you, is that it is SO WORTHWHILE!

The self-defense skills you will master can truly be life-saving!
However, the other benefits of striving for Black Belt, like perseverance, never giving up, commitment and self discipline lead to life-long success.

You will find that your Instructors at Classic City Karate are dedicated to helping you on your journey to Black Belt or whatever your personal goal may be.