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Welcome To

Scota Karate Academy

At Scota Karate Academy we have one simple mission: to develop excellent people through excellent martial arts training.
Training in the martial art of Tang Soo Do is a fun yet challenging way to develop well rounded people in both mind and body. Fitness, Balance, Coordination, and Endurance are just some of the physical attributes developed and enhanced in students of all ages through consistent training. In addition to physical development, positive Character traits such as: Self-Control, Respect, Humility, and Perseverance, are also cultivated at Scota Karate. Our highly experienced instructors are passionate about the martial arts and are committed to nothing less than excellence in the development of our students. Our weekly class schedule is designed to serve the needs of our students based on age and skill level. So whether you are interested in the benefits of the martial arts for your child, yourself, or the whole family, Scota Karate is the right place for you.

We invite you to join us!

What You Can Expect

At Scota Karate Academy we stand apart from the crowd. Here are a few of the advantages of our martial arts training that you won’t find elsewhere:

  • Perseverance

    We are proud to overcome obstacles. Failures are opportunities to grow and achieve, not opportunities to give up.
  • Focus

    Martial arts training instills dedication and devotion in its practitioners. You learn how to set and achieve goals on and off the mat.
  • Character

    The Scota Karate team embraces traditional family values including respect, chivalry, and discipline.
  • Leadership

    You will unlock a newfound confidence that will encourage you to become a leader in school, work, and life.
  • Growth

    Our priority is self-development and making students the best they can be, whether through improving physical fitness or character development.

Learn More About Us:

About Us:

Rooted in technical training, Scota Karate is a certified training academy with the World Tang Soo Do Association. Our students succeed through encouragement and our individualized teaching methods. They achieve success through constant reinforcement and positivity. Scota Karate instructors are built from a long legacy, spanning across three generations of students who were raised within the academy. At SKA you are surrounded by peers and instructors who emphasize the importance of overcoming obstacles in order to grow.

Our History:

Academy owner Joe Scota first dove into martial arts because his son wanted to start training. Joe’s natural leadership abilities and skills shone through, and what started as a family activity became so much more. In 1988, Joe began to teach martial arts and in 1993 he took his skills to South Carolina, where he opened SKA. By being a martial arts instructor he was able to cover the cost of martial arts classes for his three children too. Since opening, Joe and Scota Karate have become an important part of the local community. He continues to live out his passion to watch his students grow and succeed.

What Our Students Are Saying

  • Scota Karate Academy is a great place to learn martial arts. All of the instructors are friendly and welcoming and care about their students.



  • It was so much fun watching my grandsons learn discipline and kicks!! I know they will enjoy learning and all their classes will teach them!

    Haylyn L.


  • Kids love it! The Scota family is amazing and great with kids. Not only are they learning karate but they also have great character. Highly recommend it!

    Heather W.


  • Wonderful, patient, family-friendly school that focuses on doing it right. Couldn't be happier to be involved with these people.

    Mark M.


  • Their facility is well cared for and it's obvious that they are striving for excellence in all that they do.

    Will M.


  • You have encouraged our son to obtain success and left a mark on him.

    Theresa H.