Since 1991, Spartanburg Martial Arts has provided its members with a road map to success based on self-defense, confidence and goal-setting skills.
465 East Blackstock Road, Spartanburg, SC 29301
We remember when we were children, feeling uncertainty about beginning martial arts. We wondered if we had what it took to succeed and we weren't the most athletic or confident children - quite the opposite. Little did we know that beginning our martial arts journey would be one of the most profound experiences of our lives!
When we opened our school in 1991, we made a commitment to serving and empowering the community of Spartanburg by teaching children and adults the confidence, leadership and fitness skills that can only be achieved through martial arts.
Spartanburg Martial Arts has very humble beginnings. The first classes met in Mr. Lee's basement in 1991. Eventually the school moved to a small building on Reidville Road in Spartanburg, SC. The studio did not have heat or air conditioning and the floors were covered in second hand carpet. Bo staff classes were often held on the front lawn.
The first commercial SMA studio was built in 1994 on Hidden Hill Road in Spartanburg. The location was 4000 s/f and had all of the modern day amenities. A couple years later a second location was opened in the Boiling Springs community. Mrs. Lee became the manager of the Boilings Springs location and The Kickin' Kids After School Program was created there under her direction. Fast forward a few more years and a third SMA location was created on the Eastside of Spartanburg. SMA also operated satellite classes at Spartanburg Day School, Cowpens Elementary, Spartanburg Athletic Club, and the Gaffney YMCA. At its peak SMA was home to nearly a thousand enthusiastic martial arts students of all ages.
Eventually Mr. and Mrs. Lee's own personal family grew, so they decided to simplify life and combine their operation to one, central location. SMA now operates in a beautiful, state of the art, 20,000 s/f training center located on the "Westside" of Spartanburg (465 East Blackstock Road).
We focus on the personal development aspect of martial arts, not just self-defense moves.
Our instructors are all certified black belts, qualified and licensed to teach martial arts.
Our facility is always clean and features a viewing area for parents, as well as matted floors throughout.
There are a few simple things that make a good martial arts school a great one. We work very hard every day to fulfill those things, and give our students the best experience we possibly can. Here's what it takes, and what you can expect when you walk through our doors for the first time:
When hand-picking our instructors, we look for a few key traits: passion for martial arts, passion for teaching, a great personality, and expertise. Our instructors truly care about you and your experience. They're here for every question you have and every challenge that arises. They'll push you to try your hardest, and motivate you to surpass your limits. Nothing beats having a great teacher - and we have the best.
Finally, it takes the right people to make an amazing community. The environment of our school attracts people who are open-minded, enjoy socializing with one another, and enjoy having fun. The parents whose kids train with us are caring and supportive. The adults who train with us are kind and fun. It's like a family here, and we would love for you to become a part of it.
Browse around our website and learn about our programs. When you find the one that's right for you, you can sign up for a trial and get started ASAP. Call and let us know if you have any questions. We can't wait to meet you in person.
The best teachers in the world won't make up for a dirty facility with run-down equipment. That's why, every day, we thoroughly clean our studio and check our equipment to make sure it's in good working order.