South Hills Karate Academy

South Hills Karate Academy

Providing Pittsburgh The Best In Traditional Karate And Martial Art Instruction!

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Awarded Trib Total Media’s Gold Award for Best Karate School, South Hills Karate Academy has been providing the "absolute best" in traditional karate and martial arts instruction. Our instruction is for all ages and is a complete martial arts system that encompasses all facets of traditional karate instruction including, self-defense, striking, grappling and realistic application of martial arts technique. We also offer a unique opportunity to help you lose weight, build your body and get into the best shape of your life!

1711 Route 885 West Mifflin, PA 1512

412-418-3688

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Karate For Children

At South Hills Karate Academy your child will develop essential growth skills including, Discipline, Confidence, Focus, Respect and Listening Skills. Your child can learn how to be a winner!

Adults & Teen Karate

Our exciting program is a complete martial arts system that provides all the tools you need to be able to defend yourself and get into great shape. It is based on ancient teaching for modern times!

Lil' Dragons

Our Lil’ Dragon program is an excellent choice for young students and for giving your child a strong start on life!

Brazilian Jiu-Jutsu

Learn the world's best grappling and self-defense system Brazilian Jiu-Jutsu as taught by one of the Pittsburgh area's top Jiu-Jutsu instructors Master Patricio Saavedra!

Get Started In Our Traditional Karate Program!

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All of our Adult and Children beginner students start in our introductory program which includes 2 weeks of classes and a free uniform.

Instructed by Master Gene Garbowsky, these classes are offered in a private one-one-one setting and affords new students the opportunity to get started in traditional karate in a safe and controlled environment.

Welcome To Pittsburgh's South Hills Karate Academy

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At South Hills Karate Academy we teach all of our members how to increase their quality of life by improving the mind, body and spirit. Our curriculum is based on ancient teachings for modern times! It is a complete martial arts system designed to help you get into the best shape of your life!

Learn traditional karate techniques and traditions, realistic self-defense training and take advantage of our Karate Tang Soo Do Classes, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ,Traditional Weapons , Korean Sword and Archery, and Yoga.


We can help you and your entire family develop maximum potential both physically and mentally. Call us now to get started!

Realistic Self Defense Training From Traditional Karate!

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Don't be fooled by the latest martial arts fad! There is a reason why traditional karate practice has been around for centuries. It works!

Traditional karate or Tang Soo Do when taught properly contains a complete system of civilian self-defense. Traditional karate contains all of the techniques needed to defend yourself in any situation. At South Hills Karate you will learn how to strike with the hands and feet, effective take downs and joint locks and grappling techniques.

Everything is learned in a safe and controlled class environment that is exciting, invigorating and refreshing to help you be safe and get into great shape!
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I have come to recognize that many students desire to train at a high level. These are the practitioners that want to focus on the Bun Hae Ki Sul (bunkai) 分解 / 분해 기술 or practical applications contained within the traditional form set, including the Chil Sung and Yuk Ro hyung.

I also believe that there is an interest in a deeper understanding of martial art technique, including advanced sparring techniques, breath control, differentiating styles and how those all relate to moo do principles.

I am personally offering the opportunity to practice in a club environment that focuses on those deeper aspects of martial arts training. However, this isn't for everyone and you must be accepted into the Independent Tang Soo Do Association. If you are interested in this higher level of martial arts training, please call me directly at the number listed below!
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Information: 412-418-3688