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Academy of Martial Arts


504c Miller Road

Suite A

Sumter, SC  

Tel. 803-972-1891 


Shihan Harold Hicks

Director of Training


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Karate Class

Kamishin Kempo Karate


Dojo Oath

Dojo Etiquette

 Equipment List

Association History

 Association Newsletters

Other Karate Schools

  2008 Tournament Photos

2012 Tournament Photos

2008 Kamishin Ryu Reunion


Other Classes

Womens Self Defense

 Karate Kamp

 Kid’s Night Out


Friends of the Academy




The Academy of Martial Arts is a modern, well-equipped martial arts training center serving greater Sumter, South Carolina.  We are the “hombu” or home dojo for the Bushishin Budo Renmei, which teaches the art of Kamishin Kempo Karate in several schools on the eastern seaboard. 


Under the direction of Shihan Harold Hicks, the Sumter school operates with a staff of ten black belt instructors, providing regular scheduled karate classes for students of all ages.  New students may begin karate training at any time.  The first two classes are free, and family discounts are available.  We also offer a variety of fitness, self defense and wellness classes to meet the needs of the Sumter community.


Training in karate promotes self-discipline, respect, physical fitness and personal character.  If you would like to know more about our school, please send an e-mail, call, or pay us a visit.  You are always welcome to come and observe class.  We look forward to seeing you soon!




Karate Class Schedule


Tue. 4:15 to 5:45


Thur. 4:15 to 5:45

Tue. 6:00 to 7:30


Thur. 6:00 to 7:30

Sat. 10:00 to 11:30 


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Monthly tuition allows you all these class times and days!

Voted “Best Martial Arts Facility” by The Item’s Readers Choice Awards in 2006, 2007, 2010 & 2011!

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Individual = $65/month 

Family (up to 2) = $90/month

 Each additional = $10/month  

Registration = $25/year

Two free Karate classes for new students


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“It’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.” 

                                             - Shihan Harold Hicks