About Karate World in Surfside Beach, SC

Karate World has been providing martial arts training to children and adults for over two decades. Founded in 1995 by Jason McCormick, our programs teach a mixed format of martial arts that adheres to authentic tradition. We train students in Karate, Kickboxing, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, giving them the ability to defend themselves, as well as confidence, coordination, and balance. At Karate World, we believe that martial arts not only benefit physical development, but emotional development as well. We teach our students to be respectful, confident, loyal, humble, and focused, while also emphasizing the importance of faithfulness and self-discipline. Our curriculum is designed to help students build a repertoire of techniques over time, while also helping them to gain control of fear and inner peace.

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What kind of kids we support

  • Coed
  • Preschool
  • Kids
  • Tweens


  • Handicap accessible
  • Internet Access
  • Gym

Programs at Karate World in Surfside Beach, SC

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Lil' Dragons Karate

The Lil’ Dragons program is an introduction into martial arts in a fun filled 30-minute class designed just for your Lil’ Dragon. Training in the Lil’ Dragons class will help your child gain skills they need in all aspects of life: listening skills, longer periods of focus and attention, self control, sharing, and participating in group activities. These skills will help your child develop habits that lead to a healthier, happier, and more confident outlook. Each class involves conditioning, stretching, games, a structured curriculum, and a character-building “mat chat” in which topics like setting goals, polite manners, and etiquette are discussed. The goal of Lil’ Dragons is to teach important life skills, begin learning karate and self-defense techniques, be active, and have fun. Students will also gain improved hand-eye coordination and motor skills, listening and concentration skills, and increased respect for themselves and others.

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Youth Martial Arts

The Karate World youth martial arts system is a unique blend of Karate, Kickboxing, and Jiu-Jitsu. Our program teaches children to defend themselves against bullies, gets them physically fit, and empowers them with life skills that will lead to success in other areas of their lives. Our kids have monthly “mat chats” on important topics such as nutrition, first aid, and anger management—as well as participation in monthly service-learning projects that include beach sweeps, animal shelter supply drives, and other engaging activities. New students start in our Beginner class, progress to Intermediate class (Black Belt Club), and finally to Advanced class (Team Elite).

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Location and contact information

720 Highway 17 N, Surfside Beach, SC, 29575