Burris Academy of Karate & Tae Kwon Do

Home of World Champions

Evening Classes:

Tuesday & Thursday

Ages 3-7  5:30 - 6:20PM
Ages 8-13  6:30 - 7:30PM
Ages 14 Up  7:40 - 9:00PM

Morning Classes:

Tuesday & Thursday
10:00 - 11:00AM

Saturday Class:
9:00 - 10:30AM

Private Classes Available

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Cardio • Anaerobic • Pilate Programs
Monday & Wednesday Evenings 7:00-8:00PM

Master Instructor
Charles Burris


251 West Main Avenue
Gastonia, NC

(704) 865-8947
(704) 869-8789

20% Discount to:
Seniors (men & women)
State Employees
Police & Firemen
Doctors & Lawyers

Join us for the 38th Annual Winter/Spring Festival Open Saturday May 7th, 2016 (Details)

The Physical Benefits of Martial Arts

  • Coordination -The technique taught in most martial arts build from simple movements to complex combinations. The teaching techniques are accessible to children no matter how much or little natural grace they may have. The process of putting together the techniques inevitably provides improved coordination, balance, and grace.

  • Flexibility -Martial artists emphasize flexibility more than most sports. It is much easier to develop flexibility when young than to try and achieve as an adult.

  • Strength -Martial artists employ both traditional and modern exercises to develop and maintain the strength needed to support the advanced techniques.

  • Endurance - As children pursue their development as martial artists, they will find that they can work harder, longer, and with greater ease and enjoyment.

The Mental Benefits of Martial Arts

  • Focus - The martial artist must learn to bring all of his or her attention to the activity at hand. Many children do not get this lesson in their daily activity and become easily distracted.

  • Learning - Learning is a skill. Children who work their way through a martial arts curriculum are learning to learn. The level of challenge, the individuality of instruction, and the visible results all work to make learning martial arts uniquely valuable in the art of learning itself.

Behavioral Benefits of Martial Arts

  • Discipline - While natural talent might carry some a long way in many sports, martial arts requires discipline.  The traditional forms require performance of an intricate set of movements, with crispness and vigor.  Many of the specific skills in martial arts can only be achieved by doing difficult exercises over and over.  In addition, the atmosphere of the martial arts studio is filled with the discipline of other students and instructors who push themselves to achieve greater mastery.

  • Respect - Lessons in the martial arts studio are conducted in an atmosphere of respect.  Students bow in and out, show respect for the flags, the studio, their teacher, and senior students.  In return, they are shown respect by other students at all levels, the teacher, and share in the respect that others show in their studio.

  • Achievement - As students move up through each belt level, they are shown new techniques.  Before moving to the next level, they must achieve proficiency. This cycle of establishing and achieving goals creates an appreciation for achievement in the students.

  • Camaraderie - Many children are naturally outgoing, others tend to be loners, however all types of children learn to enjoy the community spirit of the martial arts studio.  Camaraderie is the spirit people share who have gone through difficult things together.  The martial arts studio is an excellent place to foster this spirit in a wholesome environment.

  • Calmness - The most important key to success in sparring and other martial arts activities is calmness.  The martial artist who can remain calm in mind and body is best able to react properly and perform effective techniques.  This calmness will carry through in all areas of life.

  • Mental awareness - The mental abilities already discussed, along with training in self-defense and sparring, produce an attitude of mental awareness.  The experienced martial artist is aware of his or her surroundings at all times.  This attitude helps the student respond better to many aspects of life.

  • Tradition - In the modern world, children are exposed to fewer sources of tradition than they once were.  We have come through social periods when change and upheaval, for better or worse, have torn apart the bonds of tradition that tie each generation to the past and future.  In traditional martial arts, a respect for learning that goes back 5,000 years is instilled in the students.  When performing traditional forms, the student connects to the long past that went into the development of the form.