Traditional Karate

This class is for ages 15 and up and for CMA students who have attained their Junior Black Belt through our junior curriculum. Adult Karate offers the chance for adults to earn their black belt in traditional Japanese Karate combined with valuable self-defense skills that will enhance your daily activities by giving you:

Better fitness, flexibility, muscle tone

Increased stamina and energy levels

Reduced stress and tension levels

Improved self esteem and self confidence

Perseverance and self discipline

Improved mental focus


Shotokan is a style of karate, developed from various martial arts by Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957) and his son Gigo (Yoshitaka) Funakoshi (1906-1945).

Shotokan training is usually divided into three parts: kihon (basics), kata (forms or patterns of moves), and kumite (sparring). Techniques in kihon and kata are characterized by deep, long stances that provide stability, enable powerful movements, and strengthen the legs. Shotokan is often regarded as a ‘hard’ and ‘external’ martial art because it is taught that way to beginners and colored belts to develop strong basic techniques and stances. Initially strength and power are demonstrated instead of slower, more flowing motions. Those who progress to brown and black belt level develop a much more fluid style that incorporates grappling and some aikido-like techniques, which can be found in the black belt katas. Kumite techniques mirror these stances and movements at a basic level, but are less structured, with a focus instead on speed and efficiency.


Gichin Funakoshi laid out the Twenty Precepts of Karate, (or Niju kun which form the foundations of the art, before some of his students established the JKA. Within these twenty principles, based heavily on Bushido and Zen, lies the philosophy of Shotokan. The principles allude to notions of humility, respect, compassion, patience, and both an inward and outward calmness. It was Funakoshi’s belief that through karate practice and observation of these 20 principles, the karateka would improve their person.

The Dojo kun lists five philosophical rules for training in the dojo; seek perfection of character, be faithful, endeavor to excel, respect others, refrain from violent behavior. The Dojo kun is usually posted on a wall in the dojo, and some shotokan clubs recite the Dojo kun at the beginning and/or end of each class to provide motivation and a context for further training.

Funakoshi also wrote: “The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of the participant.”

Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida holds a 3rd dan black belt in Shotokan karate, while his brother Shinzo holds a 4th dan and their father Yoshizo holds a 7th dan and was head of the Japan Karate Association’s Brazilian branch.

Several other mixed martial artists also have a Shotokan background or utilize Shotokan (e.g., Vitor Belfort, Antonio Carvalho, Mark Holst, Assuerio Silva).

Action movie star Jean-Claude Van Damme holds a black belt in Shotokan and used the style when he competed in full contact karate competitions in the 1970s and 1980s. Actor and action movie star Michael Jai White is also a practitioner of and black belt in Shotokan alongside seven other distinct martial arts.

Kyokushin kaikan:

Kyokushin kaikan is a style of stand-up, full contact karate, founded in 1964 by Korean-Japanese karate master, Masutatsu Oyama ( who was born under the name Choi Young-Eui). Kyokushinkai is Japanese for “the society of the ultimate truth”. Kyokushin is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training. Its full contact style has had international appeal (practitioners have over the last 40+ years numbered more than 12 million.

Sparring (kumite)

Sparring, also called kumite, is used to train the application of the various techniques within a fighting situation. Sparring is usually an important part of training in most Kyokushin organizations, especially at the upper levels with experienced students.

In most Kyokushin organizations, hand and elbow strikes to the head or neck are prohibited. However, kicks to the head, knee strikes, punches to the upper body, and kicks to the inner and outer leg are permitted. In some Kyokushin organizations, especially outside of a tournament environment, helmets, gloves and shin protectors are worn. Speed and control are instrumental in sparring and in a training environment it is not the intention of either practitioner to injure his opponent as much as it is to successfully execute the proper strike. Tournament fighting under knockdown karate rules is significantly different as the objective is to down an opponent. Full-contact sparring in Kyokushin is considered the ultimate test of strength, endurance, and spirit.

Notable practitioners:

*Georges St. Pierre, the current UFC Welterwieght World Champion
* Dolph Lundgren
* Andy Hug, the most recognizable K-1 fighter
* Michael Jai White[13]
* Sam Greco, Karate World Cup Champion 1994, K-1 World Grand Prix 1999 3rd Place
* Francisco Filho
* Bas Rutten, former UFC Heavyweight Champion, 3 time King of Pancrase world champion
* Semmy Schilt, 4-time K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, reigning K-1 Super-Heavyweight Champion
* Peter “The Chief” Graham, professional Australian kickboxer
* Glen Murphy actor, 1st dan
* Katsunori Kikuno, DEEP 2001 International Lightweight Champion.
* Jayson Vemoa World Muay Thai Champion 1998, K-1 trainer to Glaube Feitosa and Ewerton Teixeira

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Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that brings into account many different fighting techniques and skills. MMA incorporates striking such as Muay Thai and submission grappling and ground fighting such as in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Of equal importance are fighting techniques from the clinch and takedowns and takedown defense with wrestling.

At Contemporary Martial Arts, our striking background comes from Sport Karate, Kyokushin Karate, & Muay Thai.  We train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Master Adam Singer and Master Rory Singer from The HardCore Gym in Athens, Georgia.  Master Adam and Master Rory are black belts under Roberto Traven.(Roberto “Spider” Traven is a mixed martial arts fighter whose fighting style is based in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Wrestling.  Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1968, Traven began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 16. He earned his black belt in only 4 years of training. Traven was one of the early UFC competitors, fighting in UFC 11 vs. Dave Berry and in UFC 34 vs. Frank Mir.  Traven was the 1999 Abu Dhabi open class champion and has taken first place twice in the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. Traven is a 6th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu)

At CMA, once you have a firm understanding of the fundamentals(Basic Intro around 6-12 months) you will be upgraded to CMA’s ADVANCED MMA PROGRAM.

Basic Intro to MMA:  4 classes/week

Advanced MMA Program:  7 classes/week

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Fitness Kickboxing

Fitness Kickboxing is a great way to get in shape, stay in shape, or just have fun! There is no contact between participants. This is a great way to meet new friends or just get out of the house for a while. Everyone works at their own pace so remember you only get out of it what you put into it!

Fat Loss: Muscle and Fitness magazine rates aerobic kickboxing as the #1 fat burner with over 800 calories burned in a 1 hour class.

Toning: Did you ever notice how boxers and kickboxers have very toned bodies? They look like they spend hours lifting weights, when the truth is they spend more hours punching and kicking bags and less lifting weights. That’s why in our classes you get your very own bag to punch and kick the fat away! You’ll get tighter buns, toned legs/arms, flat stomach, and a healthier mind and body.

Stress Relief: Our clients tell us stress relief is one of the top reasons they can’t get enough of our Fitness Kickboxing classes. You’ll think clearer and sharper with more confidence than ever before.

Flexibility: A major benefit of being flexible is better blood circulation and a more relaxed overall lifestyle.

Self-Confidence: We all know that when you look good, you feel good. By getting in the best shape of your life your confidence will be at an all-time high as well!

Variety: To make sure our students never get bored, our classes are never the same. That’s right, you’ll never come to the same class twice. When you do videos at home your muscles get used to the routine and get out of the habit of shocking your system which doesn’t allow for your body to plateau.

Fun: Getting in shape can be fun! That’s why we have students that have been with us for over 15 years!

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Here at CMA, we train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Master Adam Singer and Master Rory Singer from The HardCore Gym in Athens, Georgia.  Master Adam and Master Rory are black belts under Roberto Traven.  Roberto “Spider” Traven is a mixed martial arts fighter whose fighting style is based in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Wrestling.  Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1968, Traven began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 16. He earned his black belt in only 4 years of training. Traven was one of the early UFC competitors, fighting in UFC 11 vs. Dave Berry and in UFC 34 vs. Frank Mir.  Traven was the 1999 Abu Dhabi open class champion and has taken first place twice in the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. Traven is a 6th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian jiu-jitsu  is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting (Ne-Waza) fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie by master Mitsuyo Maeda. Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentation, practices, and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Helio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge onto their family.

BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique, taking the fight to the ground – most notably by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense. Sparring (commonly referred to as “rolling”) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.



Tuesdays:  7:15pm-8:45pm

Wednesdays: OPEN MAT 7:15-8:30pm

Saturdays:  9:00am-10:30am


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Muay Thai

CMA incorporates theories/techniques from the art of Muay Thai.  Although we have amateur and pro fighters that compete in modified as well as full rules Muay Thai, we are not a Muay Thai gym.

Muay Thai is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” because it utilizes punches, kicks, elbows, and knees, thus using eight points of contact to inflict damage. Muay Thai has a heavy focus on body conditioning to allow the body to be fit and tough for competition and sparring.

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Weight Resistance

For you to achieve the body transformation you are looking for, you must use resistance training. You will be training with Carolina Cawthon in a group/class. You will be resistance training three times a week, alternating between the upper body workout; chest, back, shoulders, triceps and biceps, and the lower body workout; quadriceps, hamstrings, adductors, abductors, glutes and abdominals. These workouts utilizing light dumbbells, calisthenics (body weight), and resistance bands will build long lean muscles and not big bulky ones. The workouts take you only a half hour to forty five minutes to complete.

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Adult Private Training

You may want to consider personal training with a martial arts instructor for a number of reasons:

* Individualized attention – this is why many people like working one-on-one. For that hour, the trainer is focused on you and no one else!

* Accelerating progress – let’s say you’ve been training for a while and want to prepare for a belt test, improve a form or you’re kicking techniques. Spending a few hours with a personal trainer may give you the boost you need.

* Preparing for your black belt test – Black belt tests can be grueling. In addition to regular, dedicated training, the black belt test requires a great deal of preparation. A personal trainer can help you develop the endurance and skill you need to succeed on that day.

* Re-charging – Personal training is a sure fire way to fight the boredom that often sets into a daily exercise routine. A personal trainer can help you set new goals for the next phase of your martial arts career. Learning a new skill like adding some boxing techniques or a weapons form to your repertoire is a great way to refresh your workouts!

* Not a fan of group classes? Students come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and physical abilities. For some, the group class setting may be discouraging because of the pressure to keep up with others. Some students may also feel self-conscious about their weight or the fact that they may have gotten out of shape. Personal training is a great way to start off, get into shape and gain confidence.

* Tournament or fight preparation – For competitive martial artists, boxers, kickboxers, or mixed martial artists a personal trainer can help get you ready to step into the ring or cage! A plan of action is needed before the actual event, as well as lots of motivation and encouragement.

* Complete, full body fitness – In a private training session a martial arts trainer can focus on unique fitness routines and get you into the best shape of your life. Whether you prefer to be surprised and let your trainer keep you guessing or you have a particular group of exercises you favor, a fitness-oriented workout through the martial arts may be a better and more diverse workout then you can get at the gym! Strength, cardio, flexibility, balance, coordination, body unity, confidence, and well-being await you through a martial arts workout!

Whether it’s regularly scheduled sessions, periodic tune-ups, or jump-starts make one-on-one personal training part of your martial arts experience. You’ll be amazed with the results!


Chuck Cawthon

Dave Martin

Brandon Chuck Cawthon

Jessica Johnson

MMA/Muay Thai/Brazilian Jiu jitsu:

Chuck Cawthon

Ryan Peace

Andrew Ballenger

C.J. Hamilton


Carolina Cawthon

Chuck Cawthon

Ryan Peace

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