American Karate Academy

Welcome to Our Website!

Since 1994, American Karate Academy has been providing instruction in Karate and the martial arts in the Brentwood, Williamson County, TN area.

We hope you enjoy our website and will stop by and visit us if you are in the area. This site is designed to give you information about our facility, our style of martial arts, our staff and provide you with information on how to contact us as well.

What is Karate?

"True karate is this: that in daily life one's mind and body be trained and developed in a spirit of humility, and that in critical times, one be devoted utterly to the cause of justice."
-- Gichin Funakoshi

KarateKarate translated either means "Chinese hand" or "Empty hand" depending on which Japanese or Chinese characters you use to write it.

Okinawan Karate styles tend to be hard and external. In defense they tend to be circular, and in offense linear. Karate Okinawan Karate styles tend to place more emphasis on rigorous physical conditioning than the Japanese styles. Japanese styles tend to have longer, more stylistic movements and to be higher commitment. They also tend to be linear in movement, offense, and defense.

Both tend to be high commitment, and tend to emphasize kicks and punches, blocks, strikes, evasions, throws, joint manipulations and a strong offense as a good defense. Karate techniques consist basically of hand and foot techniques. Hand techniques are divided into defensive or offensive moves. Foot techniques are divided into kicking techniques; snap and thrust kicks. Other important elements of Karate include stances, posture, body shifting, hip rotation, and breathing.

Karate

Training differs widely but most of the Karate styles emphasize a fairly equal measure of basic technique training (kihon), sparring (kumite), and forms (kata). Forms are stylized patterns of attacks and defenses done in sequence for training purposes.

An art of self-defense as well as a sport, Karate has in recent decades proliferated worldwide. It is one of the most widely practiced of the Asian martial arts, with a large following in the U.S., Japan and Europe.


Schedule

Monday

No sessions

Tuesday

6:30pm - 7:15pm

Kids Class: Brentwood

7:30pm - 8:30pm

Adult Class: Brentwood

Wednesday

5:30pm - 6:15pm

Kids Class: Nashville - Beginners

6:30pm - 7:15pm

Kids Class: Nashville - Advanced

Thursday

6:00pm - 6:30pm

Lil' Dragons: Brentwood

6:30pm - 7:15pm

Kids Class: Brentwood

7:30pm - 8:30pm

Adult Class: Brentwood

Friday

No sessions

Saturday

10:00am - 10:45am

Kids Class: Nashville - Beginners

10:15am - 11:00am

Kids Class: Brentwood

11:00am - 11:45am

Kids Class: Nashville - Advanced

11:05am - 12:05pm

Adult Class: Brentwood

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Adult Class: Nashville

Sunday

No sessions