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3632 Broad St, Sumter, SC 29154
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About Keishidojo Martial Arts & Fitness Center in Sumter, SC

Meet JD Olsen

Owner and Chief Instructor at
Keishidojo Martial Arts & Fitness Center in Sumter
4th Degree Black Belt

At Keishidojo Martial Arts & Fitness Center we believe in minimum effort for maximum efficiency. Dedicated to self-defense training, physical conditioning, and personal growth of its members - Keishidojo was organized in 2002 and is a division of the Martial Arts Unlimited Association (MAUA).

Fun special events, special guest instructors, seminars & tons of classes meet your training needs!

Through a variety of training methods you'll build flexibility, strength, endurance, and coordination. Dynamic and fast-paced drills help you sculpt the body of an elite martial artist and strengthen your core for maximum performance.

Total beginners welcome! We love to train adults and children of all abilities. From fresh off the couch to elite athletes - Keishidojo offers an assortment of traditional martial arts programs for the whole family from Karate and Filipino Kali to our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes sure to meet your fitness and self-defense needs.

In addition to all of those amazing benefits above, our students ALSO experience:

  • Boosted Self-Esteem

  • Better Teamwork & Goal Setting Skills

  • Outrageous Core Strength & Hip Mobility

  • Mind Blowing Gains in Fitness & Boundless Energy

  • Fit Friends For Life

Students use our classes as a highly effective training tool for personal defense, a stellar boost to weight loss and fitness gains, or even as a stand-alone martial art.

Our unique class structure and training methods cannot be found anywhere else in the Sumter area.

Students at Keishidojo have access to everything needed for training success: a professional staff, a safe and clean environment, world-class instruction, and state of the art equipment. Additionally, we ensure that our members are well versed in the history and traditions of the various martial arts styles. Some of the martial arts programs we offer are Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Filipino Kali, Shooto MMA, and Aikido.

Check out our super-low web special going on right now. Our classes fill up fast because it's such a great deal, reserve your spot today!

Get ready to experience the best prices, the most amazing staff, and have the most fun you've EVER had getting fit! Read a little bit about our leadership below, that way you can get a better feel for the vibe of our school.

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Owner JD Olsen, known respectively as Shidoshi Olsen, is a high ranking martial artist with over 24 years of teaching experience.

Some of his numerous rankings and areas of expertise include: 4th Degree in Aikido, Karate, All Japan Submission Fighting, Zentai-Jitsu, Modern Kali, 1st Degree in Tae Kwon Do, Submission Arts Wrestling (SAW), Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Intermediate Level 1 Filipino Martial Arts, Beginner level 4 Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do, and Orange Prajoud in Thai Boxing.

Shidoshi Olsen began his martial arts training at age five. Starting with Tae Kwon Do, he quickly fell in love with all things martial arts. The training of kicks, punches and forms became a daily routine and Shidoshi Olsen quickly rose through the ranks. However, after earning his first black belt, he was forced to switch styles due to his family moving.

Starting over in a form of karate called Wado Ki Karate, Shidoshi Olsen again worked his way up to purple belt before having to switch styles yet again. With just his mother and himself, Shidoshi Olsen was able to put in the time to earn another Black Belt in Shorei Ryu Karate.

Next was a major shift in Shidoshi Olsen's life as he entered the U.S. Air Force and was going wherever the military would take him. His first assignment was to Rapid City SD and while there Shidoshi Olsen found the art of Ninjitsu. Training under the Bujinkan, he was able to work his way up the rank of green belt. After that the military answered Shidoshi Olsen's dream and he was sent over to Japan.

While in Japan he was introduced to Progressive Martial Arts Black Belt AJ Weimer and began regular classes, as well as volunteering to help with any testing or demos possible. Staying dedicated he was able to earn Black Belts in multiple martial arts (Aikido, Kali, and Jiu-Jitsu) in 2003.

In 2003, Shidoshi Olsen opened his first martial arts school, while teaching on Yokota AB.

In 2004 the military reassigned Shidoshi Olsen and his family to Sumter SC. It is here where he began teaching on Shaw AFB, then opening his first off base location Keishidojo Martial Arts & Fitness Center. It has been here ever since, and has been the hosting place for seminars, tournaments and countless other events that have had an impact on the local community.

Keishidojo has hosted seminars including:

  • Martial Arts Unlimited founder A.J. Weimer

  • Sifu Ron Balicki

  • Guro Diana Lee Inosanto

  • Professor Helio Soneca

  • MMA fighter Derrick Kennington

There has also been countless in-house seminars to include our own specialized women's self-defense course called "BACK OFF!", youth bully-proof seminars, karate competition seminars, and sword seminars.

We have also hosted a fair amount of in house tournaments with the most popular being our own BJJ/grappling absolute tournament.

Determined to get even better, Shidoshi Olsen has become an affiliate member under Sifu Ron Balicki and his Martial Arts Research System and Professor Helio Soneca with his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program, with Mike Martelle and his Grizzly Gym which trains the Submission Arts Wrestling program, RCJ Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and most recently Sensei Erik Paulson's Combat Submission Wrestling.

Shidoshi Olsen has started training again under these masters, working to obtain another Black Belt. He continues to work to advance himself and to provide his students with nothing be the very best in martial arts and self-defense training.

Shidoshi Olsen takes his martial arts/self-defense training very seriously and wants to ensure all his clients know they are getting the very best he has to offer.

How to Get Started

Come join our Sumter, SC Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Aikido, Filipino Kali, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, and Birthday Parties. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (803) 795-8927 if you have any further questions. Keishidojo Martial Arts & Fitness Center hopes to speak with you soon!

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