A Complete Summer Camp Experience for Kids Ages 6-12


Two great locations to choose from:

Northwoods Mall @ 2150 Northwoods Blvd, B1-Next to Books-A-Million, North Charleston, SC 29406

Aspire West Ashley @ 2467 Savannah Hwy, Ste 130, Charleston, SC 29414

Sports Camps and Day Care Centers Don’t Want You to Know That You Are Paying TOO MUCH.

There’s ONE place that offers more benefits and value than any day care program or sports camp in Charleston.

A Complete Summer Experience for ONLY $225 per week!

Complete the form below to get more information and start the registration process for our Full Summer Activities Camp. That’s 9.6 weeks of fun, fitness, and friends. Your child will feel stronger, more energetic, and more focused.

25% Deposit ($505) Required to Reserve Your Child’s Spot for the full summer.  After that, save 20% if paid in full by the early registration deadline (April 15th), or pay the remaining 75% weekly throughout the summer.


It’s tough being a working parent, especially if you’re single. After work there just isn’t much time to teach your child how to make the right choices in life, and it’s especially tough to play both mother and father.

Our parents tell us that our instructors are like “supercoachs” to their children, providing them with the positive role models they truly need to learn to set goals, and live a clean, happy, healthy lifestyle.


Why Charleston Self Defense?

Our summer camp is designed by professional educators and coaches to be a place of exploration and learning. No martial arts experience is necessary for this Summer Activity Camp  

Balanced Program

  • Balance and Agility Games
  • Tumbling and Martial Arts
  • Field Trips!
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Fitness and Games
  • FUN that keeps their minds sharp all summer long!

GET AWAY FROM ELECTRONICS! During the summer your kids will learn agility and tumbling skills that prepare them for all types of activity.  Core strengthening, Balance, and Coordination are key aspects of our Summer Games and Activities.

They’ll have FUN! We take our students out into the community on adventures to local attractions like swimming pools, parks, animal sanctuaries, and more!

Finally, they will be inspired to set and achieve goals, which creates a virtual roadmap for a successful life.


We’re very proud to say that DOZENS of parents and families in North Charleston as well as the West Ashley, Goose Creek, North Charleston, Ladson, Hanahan, Moncks Corner areas are sharing the “best-kept secret” for character education by telling their closest friends about our summer activity camp.

In our Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, After School, Summer Camp summer camp, children become part of our proven character development system that is like no other. The kids actually ENJOY learning discipline, respect, and cooperation as part of learning AWESOME martial arts skills. I know it sounds hard to believe, but our kids actually love it! They not only have found a program they don’t want to quit, they actually get upset if you take them out of class early one day!

Our parents love it, too!


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Only 15 Children at Each Location

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Dear Parent,

Children are like sponges: They absorb everything around them . . . even some nasty things we’d rather they didn’t.

If you want your kids active, engaged, and making friends this summer, you will love everything about our summer camps. Break away from electronics and an idle summer! Spend the break knowing that your kids are learning and experiencing the best life has to offer them from instructors that will be lifelong role models and mentors.

– Robert Gouthro Sensei
Charleston Self Defense Academy

Charleston Self Defense Academy reviews

KZ Russ
KZ Russ
I absolutely love this gym. It has such a homey and family friendly vibe; it's made me feel a lot less homesick after I moved here. I've done the boxing, judo, jujitsu, and self defense classes and I'm never disappointed. The instructors are all well spoken and very knowledgeable (both within the specific classes and in general questions regarding techniques and muscle development & pain management). I love the idea that they had to use the day time as a child care/virtual schooling area and another thing that really stood out to me is the care that they take regarding safety in the kids classes. One specific example being how the instructor (Rob) was checking the technique on their falls and while doing the throw, it was both slow enough for the child's size and he also supported their head/neck throughout the movement then provided feedback on how they could improve. Lisa and Rob have a really good crew and do a great job with the gym! Covid: They do take temperatures and record them at the door. I've also seen them stream classes for some people that weren't comfortable coming in, though that may be something you have to ask for specifically. I'm not 100% sure.
St Sebastian
St Sebastian
Best game in town for Boxing, Judo, BJJ and Wrestling. Also HIIT and Xtreme Hip Cardio step classes.
Manuel Valderrama
Manuel Valderrama
Great gym, great instructors, so much fun and everyone is nice
Aaron Hawk
Aaron Hawk
I have known the instructor here for many years and I have a ton of respect for him. He teaches the best krav maga classes in the area. The gym is set up very well with lots of space to move and very safe and clean. I highly recommend them!
Felicity Patrick
Felicity Patrick
This place is great! Our daughter is doing the judo class and she loves it. The instructor is amazing and is great with the kids! Keep up the great work!
Jazimen Wiggins
Jazimen Wiggins
Great space and atmosphere me and my two kids and husband attended this gym we love gives us things to do outside of work plus it’s a great workout for all of us we love this place I would recommend kids and adults to sign up ASAP
Sondra Urton
Sondra Urton
These guys are awesome with children. My 4 year can't stop talking about her classes.
Crystal Urton
Crystal Urton
My four year goes here! This place is just amazing! They are very good when it comes to the children! I love how great they work and teach the children exspecailly the younger children!! I'm very glad that I allowed my child to go this center! They are amazing people here!!
Moe G
Moe G
Great professional place!!!! So glad I found them!!!
Jenna Kpack
Jenna Kpack
The gym has some great instructors who are very knowledgeable about the programs they offer! The program that I favor is the kids and adult judo class. The instructors are all very well versed in what they teach and are versatile with the variety of age groups they work with (young children up to adults). They also make it feel more like a community than just a fitness/self defense class. It is nice seeing how they come together to teach the art and culture, and how to do things the right way to avoid injury. The only thing I dislike about the gym is that some classes aren’t consistent with the staff members. Even in those cases, they all are on the same page and very skilled. Otherwise it’s a pretty good gym! The owner knows just about every student’s name and makes a fairly welcoming atmosphere.


Most frequently asked questions and answers

Ideally 6-12 years old, but every child is different!

Lunch, water bottle, comfortable shoes, swim wear on appropriate days.  Please no electronics!

One of the best parts of our program is that every student is treated as an individual and progresses at their own rate.

Each student’s progress isn’t measured against other students, but rather against their own previous performance.

So, even students that aren’t as physically fit as the star quarterback of a football team can have a wonderful experience in our program and become stronger, fitter, and more flexible.

Our program not only gives your child a safe, inspiring summer activity, but also provides them with an AMAZING program of self-improvement, both mentally and physically.

Imagine resting easy, knowing your child is in competent, caring hands, keeping fit, getting plenty of physical exercise, learning to defend themselves, and becoming more confident, focused, and disciplined!

Charleston Self Defense Academy

Although many people think the martial arts are just about fighting, the truth is that the physical “kicking and punching” are really just the tools that I use to teach the more important, and MUCH more valuable lessons about yourself.

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