Bushido Martial Arts Academy is a family oriented, traditional Okinawan Karate school with personal safety and achievement based learning at the core of our curriculum.
We are well established and have over 40 years of teaching experience. As we continue to serve families in Pinellas County, our vow is to continue in the traditions and excellence taught to us by our predecessors.
Bushido Martial Arts Academy has structured classes in a positive, safe, family-friendly environment. Our mission is to motivate you to set high goals for yourself, and to find the discipline and determination to fulfill those goals. Whether you’re interested in getting fit or learning self-defense, we are here to help you do that.
We hope that our mission will become your mission as Bushido Martial Arts Academy is a means to finding yourself and your full potential, who you really are and what you really want, while enjoying inner peace and a lifetime of happiness.
We will help you and your family focus on self-defense, fitness, and becoming a better person through hard work and determination. Teaching both kids and adults effective self-defense techniques like epic kicks, powerful punches and strategic strikes; learning and practicing self-control, discipline and respect, while becoming physically and mentally strong, fit and healthy are some of our top priorities.
And the best part about our classes is that they are all incredibly FUN and EXCITING! Laughing, smiling and cheering each other on happen all the time and it’s hugely inspiring for both the students and the instructors!
Bushido Martial Arts Academy is intended to become a way of life for our students. We will help you discover and unleash the giant within you by providing a fun and encouraging place where you can explore the possibilities of what you are able to accomplish.
In every class, we strive to…
It’s About You, Family & Friends. We have many families from all walks of life that train here. Everyone is welcome and it doesn’t matter what age, shape, size or fitness level you are. We accept who you are and where you are at the moment – especially beginners - and encourage personal growth… whatever that means to you. Our focus is on your individual success.
And personal success is what you’ll find here as you experience…
All the above will teach your child how to be BULLY-PROOF, how to spot sticky situations so they can walk away before things get bad, yet know how to defend themselves if they need to. They will never have to worry about being bullied in school…or anywhere. What great peace of mine for both you and them.
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Sensei Chris Breward was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. Being drawn to the growing area of Pinellas County and having been affiliated with the martial arts for over 20 years, he now manages and operates Bushido Martial Arts Academy.
As a young boy, Sensei Breward had an admiration for the martial arts and began his training at the age of 7 in American Free-Style Karate at Robert’s Community Center. The spark he got from the recreation center classes encouraged him to begin training later at Rick Hall’s Bushido Karate Academy in October of 1995.
As his passion grew deeper, the traditional art of Shorin-Ryu Karate taught him the confidence and physical protection he desired, thus achieving his 1st degree black belt in May of 2002.
Sensei Breward went on to become an instructor for Bushido Karate Academy in February of 2003. He began attending seminars for teaching and business focus, while maintaining his personal training and study as a student. He expressed high interest in tournaments and began competing later that year. In December of 2003, he achieved his 2nd degree black belt in both Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo (weapons).
After a few years of teaching, Sensei Breward was awarded the “Most Inspiring Instructor of the Year” award by Educational Funding Company in 2005. Years of competing in the United Stated Karate-Do Kai tournaments lead Sensei Breward to become the USKK Grand International Champion in both Kumite (Fighting) and Kobudo (Weapons) for the 2004-2005 term.
He then decided to become a life-time member of Master Phillip Koeppel’s USKK organization in June of 2005. Master Koeppel is the owner and founder of the USKK and is currently a 10th degree black belt in the Shorin-Ryu system.
Around 2005, Sensei Breward quickly became the Chief Instructor and Program Director of Bushido Academy.
It was only a year later in 2006 when he became the manager of the dojo. He managed and operated the karate school of over 200 active karate students while maintaining his college education at St. Petersburg College. He also participated in USF Tampa’s Air Force ROTC program. In late 2006, he graduated SPC with an associate’s degree.
In April of 2006, Sensei Breward tested for his 3rd Degree Black Belt and joined the Pinellas County Speaker’s Bureau to educate and influence the community about the benefits of martial-arts training and the character development that follows it.
After achieving the rank of 4th Degree black belt in December of 2011 and his 3rd degree in Kobudo, Sensei Breward made his move officially to the Wesley Chapel area to finish his education and pursue a future opportunity of opening his own dojo.
In 2014, Sensei Breward founded Breward’s Kaizen Karate Academy and started his journey to the dedication of teaching kids, teens, and adults the traditional arts.
Finally, in February of 2015, he decided to merge Kaizen Karate’s and Bushido Academy’s students so that he could return to his favored home dojo.
Sensei Breward achieved his 5th degree black belt in November of 2016. With over 15 years of occupational and teaching experience at Bushido Academy, we are glad to have him back!
Kyoshi Hall holds an 8th Degree Black Belt in the art of Matsumura Seito Shorin-Ryu Karate, a 4th Degree in Kobudo Weapons, and a 3rd Degree in Tae Kwon Do.
Master Hall, founder and Master Instructor at Bushido Martial Arts Academy, began his life long quest for excellence in the Martial Arts at 10 years old. By the time he was 19, he had the amazing opportunity of becoming the Sensei and owner/operator of his first dojo named Clearwater Karate.
In his early years, he dedicated every waking moment to training, traveling, and competing. Always seeking to raise himself to the next level, he started to seek out greater knowledge and skills to become a more versatile Martial Artist, which led him to Master Phillip Koeppel, who is one of the pioneers of Karate in the United States.
After years of intense training and guidance, Kyoshi Hall became the 12th person in the world to ever be awarded the large Double-Bladed Axe under Hanshi Koeppel.
As his skills started to expand, his talent and reputation grew. Just as quickly, the size and strength of his student population increased. At that time, he soon realized his true passion and talent were teaching and training others. Instead of traveling as much as he was, he started to turn his attention to his dojo and staff to build an elite traditional martial arts school.
Almost instantly, with the new intensity of his training and true passion for teaching, students were enjoying the unbelievable benefits of the new formats and heavily trained with greater spirit than before, while gaining a much deeper level of personal growth and expertise.
Come join our Pinellas Park FL, facility! We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, Teen Martial Arts, and Birthday Parties . Choose a program that most interests you and take 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 (727) 541-3340 if you have any further questions. We hope to speak with you soon!