Martial Arts Inspiring Story - Janice Adamson - Adamson Karate Studios
Three generations of black belts, Adamsons building Karate dynasty
We started our karate business in June of 1977. We bought out a bankrupt martial arts school on the south side of the city. It only took 6 months to turn it around, and we moved to a bigger location. We now serve the Indianapolis area with 7 locations!!
You might ask how we can man 7 locations? Well, when we started, it was just my husband and I. We raised 4 sons in the martial arts business. All of them became black belts as well as excellent instructors. Each one of us has a passion about what we do and and love to share this passion with the students we are lucky to have come in the door. Time has raced by and in that time our sons married well!! That is they are married to Black Belts as well.
Everyone of us work in the family business. In 2015 we hired 3 of our grandchildren to also join in the business. My husband and I have 9 grandchildren; 7 are Black Belts; 2 are still too small too reach that level. There is no doubt that that will happen in the future though.
We have 3 state level tournaments every year as well as compete in AAU Karate. We have been in the top 3 schools at the AAU Nationals for the past 5 years.
Our students have traveled all over the world to compete. This summer we will travel to Ireland with a large team from Adamson Karate Studio. Over the years, we touched a lot of lives in very positive ways. Leadership is big with us; our students excel at it. I can't imagine how many we have had over the years but I can say there weren't too many that I wasn't proud of.
Back in the late eighties we taught karate classes to kids as well as adults. Most Dojo owners back then only taught adults, thinking kids were not strong enough for the rigorous classes they would teach. Mostly they didn't want to teach kids.
Our children had to go to work with us. We couldn't leave them home. We even had a class for them, and others came as well (from the group of adults who also had kids) took class in the dojo.
One day, we decided to have a kids karate tournament with small awards given. We advertised in the local paper. Little did we know who would read that add.
I was at work early one day and two men walked in and introduced themselves as being the representatives of Columbia Pictures! They had a idea to share with me. They had heard about the tournament we had just had and wanted to sponsor the next one we had because they wanted to brake in a new movie they were making ''The Karate Kid,'' We did did the tournament as well as demos in every theater where it was showing in the Indianapolis area.
Our school grew so much from just this one visit from Columbia Pictures. We have tournaments each year since then. ... We use Greatmats for all our tournaments as well as schools.
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