South Dakota’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: Full Circle Martial Arts Academy

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Full Circle Martial Arts Academy is a 2019 award winner for martial arts in South Dakota!

Is your child interested in learning martial arts in Rapid City? If so, look no further than Full Circle Martial Arts Academy.

Full Circle Martial Arts Academy has received dozens of reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 4.92 stars, earning them a fantastic Rating Score™ of 95.24 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 martial arts centers in all of South Dakota!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“My kids have been going to them for two years now, and I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher and team for my kids. Master Naomi is such a wonderful and understanding person.” – Sarina Y.

Not Your Average Martial Arts Center

Photograph by Kevin Eilbeck

Naomi Even-Aberle, Master Instructor and owner of Full Circle Martial Arts Academy, generously gave us a few minutes of her time to tell us about her award-winning business and its phenomenal online reputation.

The first question we had for Naomi was what is it that sets Full Circle Martial Arts Academy from their competition in South Dakota. Here’s her response:

“We are a traditional gym. We let others know what it is that we offer. We are very interested in investing in our community. We are a really big family!”

She went on to add:

“It is important that we take care of our students, so we want to continue to invest in them!”

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Full Circle Martial Arts Academy and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Naomi had to say:

“Our goal is to cultivate healthy students in body, mind and spirit by providing space to connect with one another while fostering stronger connections to our larger community.”

Building Success by Treating Customers Like Family

Naomi attributes Full Circle Martial Arts Academy’s strong online reputation to their commitment to treating their customers like they are family, and said that people see the value in that.

When we asked Naomi how Full Circle Martial Arts Academy has gotten their name out there outside of building a powerful online reputation, she said:

“We work with our community and try to be visible. There are certain demographics that look for this kind of outlet. We work with kids and the younger community. We do marketing through local newspapers and magazines.”

Naomi clearly knows a thing or two about growing a business and building an online reputation. Here’s her advice for the many other business owners out there:

“You have to know what your core values are of your business. All of your marketing needs to have those core values; they need to be your foundation. You need to try things that maybe won’t work.”


Congratulations to the team at Full Circle Martial Arts Academy for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Naomi, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Full Circle Martial Arts Academy in Rapid City. Visit their website today!

North Carolina’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Goldsboro

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Goldsboro is a 2019 award winner for martial arts in North Carolina!

No matter your age or ability level, if you’re interested in learning effective self-defense while boosting your confidence, there’s no better martial arts center to turn to than Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Goldsboro.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Goldsboro has received dozens of reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a phenomenal Rating Score™ of 96.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 martial arts centers in all of North Carolina!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“This is a great place to train with an awesome instructor named Jake. Jake actually introduced me to Jiu-Jitsu, and 10 years later, I am eternally grateful to him. Jake manages to break any move down to its basic components and is very attentive at all times. If you want to learn Jiu-Jitsu, Royce Gracie Goldsboro is a spot to not only learn Jiu-Jitsu but also to change your life for the better!” – Vassilis A.

Not Your Average Martial Arts Center

Jake Whitfild, the owner of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Goldsboro, generously gave us a few minutes of his time to tell us about his award-winning business and its spectacular online reputation.

The first question we had for Jake was what sets Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Goldsboro apart from their competition in North Carolina. Jakes points to the fact that they offer classes for both adults and kids, and that his focus is always on getting the clients to where they need to be.

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Goldsboro and how they work to make the world a better place. Jake told us that they are big believers that feeling safe is a human right and that their mission is to help people build the skills to make themselves feel safe in their ability to defend themselves.

Building Success by Focusing on Quality

Jake attributes Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Goldsboro’s strong online reputation to their unwavering focus on delivering a quality product above all else.

When we asked Jake how Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Goldsboro has gotten their name out there outside of their powerful online reputation, he told us that all of their success is organic and that they do no paid advertising. Their key to growth is word of mouth and an excellent downtown location, where they are visible to a lot of people.

There are so many business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Jake’s expert advice for them:

“Focus on quality. Make sure your customers are getting what they paid for, and offer only high-quality services to make their payment worth it.”


Congratulations to the team at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Goldsboro for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Jake, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Goldsboro. Visit their website today!

North Carolina’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: Rogue Combat Club

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Rogue Combat Club is a 2019 award winner for martial arts in North Carolina!

Whether you’re interested in learning self-defense or you’re looking for a martial arts class for your child, Rogue Combat Club in Ashville is the place to go.

Rogue Combat Club has received more than 100 reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a fantastic Rating Score™ of 96.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 martial arts centers in all of North Carolina!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“I joined Rogue Combat Club after many failed attempts to get back in shape at other ‘conventional’ gyms. I feel like Rogue stands out among others because when you are a member, you are a MEMBER. You have great coaches and teammates there to motivate you to meet whatever goals you set, from just getting into shape and losing weight to getting into the cage. Also, a huge benefit I’ve found from training at Rogue is the stress relief you get from hitting the bag or grappling with a partner, and the progression of your self-defense skills is a big confidence boost. It’s an addictive feeling that makes you want to come back the next day, fix your diet and just all-around improve.” – Jesse E.

Not Your Average Martial Arts Center

We wanted to learn a little more about this award-winning business and its outstanding online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with Johnny Buck, the owner of Rogue Combat Club.

The first question we had for Johnny was what is it that sets Rogue Combat Club apart from their competition in North Carolina. Johnny said that they have a very high level of education and training when it comes to all different forms of martial arts, so they train hard and train very well, and that if you are willing to learn as a client, you will definitely benefit.

Johnny went on to tell us that part of what they do and part of the reason they even do what they do is to change lives. He elaborated and said, “If you’re a part of Rogue, you’re a part of a family.

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Rogue Combat Club and how they work to make the world a better place. Johnny responded by telling us Rogue Combat Club’s core values, which are:

“Help someone every day; improve yourself every day; do good always; be grateful, and leave a legacy.”

Building Success Through Community and Experience

Johnny attributes Rogue Combat Club’s strong online reputation to the experience of the trainers and to the community they’ve created.

Rogue Combat Club has such a tight-knight community that, when one of the trainers’ Moped was stolen, gym members pulled together and raised the money to buy him a new one!

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Rogue Combat Club has gotten their name out there through their Facebook page:

“Our Facebook page gets a lot of love. The coaches and gym members take photos of every single class and post them to social media.”

There are so many business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Johnny’s expert advice for them:

“Consistency, consistency, consistency — posting up to five times a day on social media isn’t too much! You should be sharing as much helpful information as you can, and try and be very targeted.”


Congratulations to the team at Rogue Combat Club for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Johnny, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Rogue Combat Club in Ashville. Visit their website today!

Mississippi’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: Alan Belcher MMA Club

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Alan Belcher MMA Club is a 2019 award winner for martial arts centers in Mississippi!

From kickboxing to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Alan Belcher MMA Club is the martial arts center to turn to in D’Iberville.

Alan Belcher MMA Club has received hundreds of reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 4.87 stars, earning them a stupendous Rating Score™ of 94.72 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 martial arts centers in all of Mississippi!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“I joined the Ocean Springs location 10 months ago. I started coming to the women’s self-defense class in D’Iberville on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Recently, I started coming to the 9 a.m. kickboxing class there as well, as it allows me to knock it out (no pun intended) early and get on with my day. The support and encouragement from everyone, staff and fellow gym-goers alike, is amazing!!” – Valerie S.

Not Your Average Martial Arts Center

In order to learn a little more about this award-winning business and its impressive online reputation, we took a few minutes to talk with Monica Medina, the manager of Alan Belcher MMA Club.

The first question we had for Monica was what sets Alan Belcher MMA Club apart from the many other martial arts centers in Mississippi. Here’s her response:

“We are just regular people here; we know martial arts and make it a fun, family atmosphere.”

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Alan Belcher MMA Club and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Monica had to say:

“When it was started, it was more focused on being a fighter gym, and then it transitioned into helping kids and family with fitness.”

Building Success by Being Present Online and in the Community

Monica attributes Alan Belcher MMA Club’s strong online reputation to their online presence and told us that they do not ask for reviews.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Alan Belcher MMA Club has gotten the word out about who they are and what they do by doing events in the community where they can get out and interact with people.

There are so many business owners who would love to build the kind of online reputation Alan Belcher MMA Club has. Here’s Monica’s expert advice for them:

“The biggest thing would be to put your own people out there on social media.”


Congratulations to the team at Alan Belcher MMA Club for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Monica, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Alan Belcher MMA Club in D’Iberville. Visit their website today!

South Dakota’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: Dynamic Martial Arts Of Sioux Falls

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Dynamic Martial Arts Of Sioux Falls is an award winner for martial arts in 2019.

If you are looking for a dedicated and traditional martial arts academy, look no further than this award-winning company!

Dynamic Martial Arts Of Sioux Falls has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across multiple verified sites with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 89.30 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top 10 martial arts studios in South Dakota!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“DMA’s balance of expertise, challenge, and patience has made this older guy’s experience extremely positive, and the physical benefits have without a doubt followed me beyond the dojo.” -T.L.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Dynamic Martial Arts Of Sioux Falls is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Martial Arts

We were excited to learn all about how Dynamic Martial Arts Of Sioux Falls has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with the owner, Joe Herreman.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Dynamic Martial Arts Of Sioux Falls stand apart from their local competitors. Joe tells us that at Dynamic Marital Arts, they teach a practical application in a variety of martial arts. He says that their students get to do a little bit of everything, including striking, throws, and joint locks. We learned that the system they use was co-headed by the martial arts instructor for the LAPD.

We began to talk about Dynamic Martial Arts’ business mission. Joe shared their company motto with us, which he described as:

“Traditional Martial Arts for the Modern World”

Their goal is to teach real and applicable martial arts that are founded in tradition. They teach both kids and adults, and on that topic, he tells us:

“We teach the kids the same things as adults. We don’t simplify it for them, we just make it a longer path.”

In speaking with him, his passion for his business and for the clients he serves is made clear. He shared:

“I run the studio because I love it, not because it makes me money.”

Building Success Through Excellence

With as impressive a reputation as Dynamic Martial Arts Of Sioux Falls has, it is no wonder word of mouth has been their primary source for new clients. In fact, Joe tells us they really don’t invest in any other kind of marketing!

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Dynamic Martial Arts Of Sioux Falls has managed to. We asked if Joe could share any expert advice to these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“My biggest thing is to follow through on the product you promised. Make sure you take care of your people first! You have to make sure your customers are happy. We don’t promise much, but we make sure to deliver on everything we promise.”


Congratulations to Dynamic Martial Arts Of Sioux Falls for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Joe for taking the time to speak with us!

South Dakota’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: Tiger-Rock Martial Arts Academy

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Tiger-Rock Martial Arts Academy is an award winner for martial arts in 2019.

If you are looking for a martial arts academy that will help you or your kids to get a great workout and experience a life-long transformation, look no further than this award-winning company!

Tiger-Rock Martial Arts Academy has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across multiple verified sites with an average rating of 4.79 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 91.87 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top 10 martial arts academies in South Dakota!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“I had already heard a lot of great things about Tiger Rock in Sioux Falls. Today we went to a birthday party there, and I can see why people love it. The instructors are great, and very personable. Not only did the students get a workout and physical instruction, but they had fun learning, and some of them realized they were able to do a lot more than they realized. We were only there for a few hours, but it didn’t take long to feel like a part of the family. We’re looking forward to checking out a trial… and most likely making Tiger Rock a regular part of our life.”
– J.D.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Tiger-Rock Martial Arts Academy is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Martial Arts Academy

We were excited to learn all about how Tiger-Rock Martial Arts Academy has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with the owner, Shannon Donnell.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Tiger-Rock Martial Arts Academy stand apart from their local competitors. Shannon told us that they are one of the more progressive martial arts academies. He also shared that the way they treat their students is important to them. He said:

“We treat all of our students like family. We get to know them and guide them based on their personalities.”

Building Success Through Community

Tiger-Rock Martial Arts Academy has certainly managed to build an impressive online reputation, so we were excited to learn about what kinds of marketing strategies they have used over the years. Shannon told us that they have utilized social media platforms to make posts to keep their community updated about all that is going on. They are excited about the number of organic reviews they have gotten thanks to social media.

Offline, they are active in their neighborhood and sponsor a community event called Family Fest, and through a program they host called the ‘Rise Program’. Shannon said:

“We challenge our students to make a difference in the community through our ‘Rise Program’. Upon earning each belt they are challenged to go out and do something to help the community.”

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Tiger-Rock Martial Arts Academy has managed to. We asked if Shannon could share any expert advice to these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“How you treat people at your business…that’s what’s important. Be true to yourself and exceed customer expectations”

Shannon concluded our chat with this thought:

“[Martial arts is] one of the best ways to get in shape and step outside of your comfort zone. That builds growth.”


Congratulations to Tiger-Rock Martial Arts Academy for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Shannon for taking the time to speak with us!

South Dakota’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: Sioux Falls Hapkido & Judo Club

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Sioux Falls Hapkido & Judo Club is a 2019 award winner for martial arts centers in South Dakota!

Whether you’re interested in martial arts for yourself or your child to learn self-defense, build confidence or get in shape, there’s no better option than Sioux Falls Hapkido & Judo Club.

Sioux Falls Hapkido & Judo Club has received dozens of reviews on multiple verified sites with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a phenomenal Rating Score™ of 93.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 martial arts centers in South Dakota!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“My son and daughter have been coming to this school for going on four years. There is nowhere else in town that can provide the level of expertise and commitment that the teachers at Sioux Falls Hapkido & Judo Club provide. They have taught my kids not only how to protect themselves and care for their bodies properly, but also how to be an all-around respectable, humble and honorable person. Your child or even you won’t be another number or client to them. Here, you will become family. [Erolling them at Sioux Falls Hapkido & Judo was] hands down, the best decision I ever made for my children.” – Holly H.

Not Your Average Martial Arts Center

Ryan Schiebout, the owner and Lead Instructor at Sioux Falls Hapkido & Judo Club, generously gave us a few minutes of his time to tell us a little more about his award-winning business and its outstanding online reputation.

The first question we had for Ryan was what sets Sioux Falls Hapkido & Judo Club apart from other martial arts centers in South Dakota. Here’s his response:

“We offer something that no one in this area really offers — it is called Hapkido. It is an art that is not practiced as much. We also practice a lot of unique arts that are traditional.”

We also wanted to know that their mission is at Sioux Falls Hapkido & Judo Club and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Ryan had to say:

“We surround ourselves with like-minded people to help us grow in ways that we want to grow. We help each other strive to reach our goals. Surround yourself with greatness to become great.”

Ryan went on to add:

“I am striving to make a judo family. I am looking to unite all of the judo clubs and work together as one family. I want to bring my students the best experience.”

Building Success Through Community Involvement

Ryan and his team work hard to get the Sioux Falls Hapkido & Judo Club name out there by keeping their students up to date on everything going on real-time with the company. They also spread the word about who they are and what they do through community involvement, including participating in conventions, teaching free classes at The YMCA and working with the homeschool community.

There are so many business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation the way Sioux Falls Hapkido & Judo Club has. Here’s Ryan’s expert advice for them:

“Hard work reaps rewards. Always look for ways to promote yourself.”


Congratulations to the team at Sioux Falls Hapkido & Judo Club for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Ryan, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Sioux Falls Hapkido & Judo Club. Visit their website today!

Mississippi’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: American Martial Art Academy

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that American Martial Art Academy is an award winner for Martial Arts in 2019.

If you are looking for a martial arts academy for yourself or your children, look no further than this award-winning company!

American Martial Art Academy has received hundreds of overwhelmingly positive reviews across four different verified sites with an average rating of 4.99 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 97.88 and two 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top 50 businesses and the number one Martial Arts academy in Mississippi!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“The staff and facilities at American Martial Art Academy are first-rate. My kids started training at the gym when they were 10, and they are now almost 15 years old. They love training and competition, and have grown so much in the sport. It has taught them to be disciplined, set goals, and work hard to achieve those goals. The environment at the gym is like an extension of our family. There have been so many people, both staff and students, who have encouraged the boys and led by example on how to be outstanding citizens and team players. Absolutely [worth a] five-plus star rating!” – D.W.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that American Martial Art Academy is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Martial Arts Academy

We were excited to learn all about how American Martial Art Academy has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with the owner and instructor, Jim Fiore.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes American Martial Art Academy stand apart from their local competitors. Jim shared with us that the quality of their training takes the lead at this academy. Jim said:

“The bottom line is that we are teaching high-quality self-defense classes. No matter what age, we are teaching superior classes.”

Jim continued by sharing American Martial Art Academy’s business mission, which he describes as:

“Our mission is to build better humans before great champions.”

Building Success Through Customer Care

American Martial Art Academy has certainly managed to build an impressive online reputation. We asked Jim how they have managed to market themselves. He told us that they love to share videos of the school. He said it is also important to always respond to their clients. Offline, American Martial Art Academy attempts to stay involved in the community as often as possible. With all of these strategies in use, their number one source for new clients has remained personal referrals.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as American Martial Art Academy has managed to. We asked if Jim could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“Be honest and transparent. Stand by your word. Be a good human being.”


Congratulations to American Martial Art Academy for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Jim for taking the time to speak with us!

Minnesota’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Center Award Winner: Spartan Martial Arts Gym

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Spartan Martial Arts Gym is a 2019 award winner!

A 95.34 Rating Score™, a 4.93 average star rating, and tons of terrific online reviews make Spartan Martial Arts Gym one of the top 10 martial arts centers in Minnesota for 2019! Here’s just one of the stellar reviews they’ve received:

“I have never done martial arts before but quickly fell in love after only a few classes. In any of the classes I’ve been to, there’s a mixture of students at all levels and the instructors are knowledgeable and patient, making sure that everyone gets individualized help based on their skill level. And everyone is so nice and helpful. I immediately felt like part of a family. I would, hands down, recommend this place to anyone- beginner to advanced trainees. Everyone has a place here.” -Renee S.

Not Your Average Martial Arts Center

We got a chance to speak with Tom Schmitz, the owner of Spartan Martial Arts, about his business’ awesome online reputation and success.

First things first, we wanted to know what separates Spartan Martial Arts from the pack. Tom told us, “I believe in our atmosphere. I tend to use words like ‘we’ and ‘us’ rather than ‘me’ and ‘I.’ I’m lucky to have people who want to do martial arts…”

As an award-winning martial arts center, Spartan Martial Arts knows what it takes to stand out. “At Spartan Martial Arts, we believe the success of your training is heavily dependent on your environment and training partners,” Tom said. “We offer the best in both of those areas.”

Building Success Through Quality and Service

Of course, we couldn’t let Tom go without finding out his secret to success. However, when we asked, he told us it’s a lot more simple than that, saying, “I don’t really think it is a secret, but I let the quality of our service and the way we communicate with our students speak for itself. We actually care about the well-being of our students.”

The following is Tom’s advice to other business owners that are working on their online reputation:

“Don’t be fake, people can read you. Know your lane and get into something that you are truly passionate about don’t let me the money choose the path for you.”


Congratulations to the team at Spartan Martial Arts for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Tom, for taking the time to speak with us!

South Carolina’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: Japan Karate Institute James Island

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Japan Karate Institute James Island is an award winner for martial arts in 2019.

If you are looking for a martial arts institute that will help guide you or your child in a traditional martial arts form, look no further than this award-winning company!

Japan Karate Institute James Island has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across three different verified sites with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 97.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top 10 martial arts schools in South Carolina!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Japan Karate Institute James Island is an outstanding and family-oriented martial arts school [that teaches] traditional Wado-Ryu karate to people of all ages and abilities. Sensei Theraun Mixon is a valuable mentor to his students, and has cultivated a dojo where people enjoy training. From adults just looking to improve their physical fitness to kids learning focus, self-control, and a fun sport, I would recommend JKIJI to everyone! Come try a class and see what makes JKIJI special.” – J.F.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Japan Karate Institute James Island is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Martial Arts Institute

We were excited to learn all about how Japan Karate Institute James Island has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with the owner, Theraun Mixon.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Japan Karate Institute James Island stand apart from their local competitors. Theraun spoke about the passion he has for the work he does. He says that this extends to the quality of the teaching style at Japan Karate Institute James Island. This passion means a commitment to quality. Theraun told us:

“The quality of your product is what people look at. When they see the passion you have for what you do, the customers will follow.”

Theraun continued by sharing Japan Karate Institute James Island’s mission, which he described as:

“[Our goal is] developing our young leaders of tomorrow. Karate is a supplement to help enhance and achieve their goals. The youth are faced with so much in today’s society, and we want to give them an outlet for them to reach their goals.”

Building Success With Passion

Japan Karate Institute James Island has certainly managed to build an impressive reputation. We wanted to know more about what kinds of marketing strategies they have used over the years. Theraun told us that while they do have a social media presence, their primary source for new clients is through word-of-mouth and referrals. He also shared:

“I follow up on every person that does business with me, even the ones who are just doing research.”

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Japan Karate Institute James Island has managed to. We asked if Theraun could share any expert advice to these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“If your business is your passion, then allow your passion to run your business. Make that passion your foundation. If you do that, and stay constant and persevere, you won’t have any problems. Allow your passions to dictate your success.”


Congratulations to Japan Karate Institute James Island for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Theraun for taking the time to speak with us!