About Us

Our Goal Our goal is to provide the highest level of traditional and contemporary programs developed to provide you with the following benefits:
  • The program builds confidence and character by providing each student with control over his or her body, and developing an ability to stand up to peer pressure and other intimidating situations.
  • The movements of Karate develop coordination and increase strength and flexibility, which are very important throughout your lifetime.
  • The awarding of higher levels of Shorin-Ryu belts can give you a sense of achievement and accomplishment. Because the length of time for achieving belts can be from 3 to 6 months, we award stripes on the belt as you progress between levels. Training for these tests, and passing them, enhances an individual’s ability to concentrate, as well as plan for and triumph over learning hurdles. This is an excellent reinforcement of study techniques for tasks you need to do to be successful in life.
  • The foundation of Karate is in its self-dense value. We are very careful to teach everyone that Karate is not to be used outside the Karate class in any manner other than in true self-defense.
  • Finally, Karate is good clean fun for children and adults of all ages, as well as a great way to burn off extra energy and reduce stress.
  • We believe in the value of becoming a Black Belt. We believe all the same qualities it takes to become a BB are all the same qualities it takes to be successful in life and any other goals that we set for ourselves in our pursuit for happiness.

My Bio

Kyoshi Terry Gravelin...Owner and Chief Instructor of American Martial Arts Institute...7th Degree Black Belt in Shorin-Ryu Karate...5th Degree in RyuKyu Kobudo Weaponry...3rd Degree in Kenshikiryu Goshinho Jujitsu...Mr Gravelin holds the title of Kyoshi, meaning Teachers of Instructors...Kyoshi Terry Gravelin is also a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from 1980 from Grand Valley State University ...Kyoshi Terry Gravelin has been studying Karate in the U.S. and Okinawa, Japan for over 40 years and he has been teaching professionally for over 30 years. He is also a student of ChiYui Judo and Yoshinkai Aikido...

About Fire Strom

Karate Demonstration Team-Come see our exciting Martial Arts Demonstrations. We have choreographed fight scenes, synchronizes martial arts movement, Karate forms,weaponry fights, displays of self-defense, board, bat and brick breaking and much more. American Martial Arts Institute has been putting on shows for more than 20 years for community events, schools, theaters, private groups, sport shows and many other organizations that are interested in our type of martial entertainment.

About Shorin-Ryu Karate

Shorin-Ryu Karate is a traditional martial art that originated in Okinawa, Japan, in the mid-18th century. Okinawa is the birthplace of what is now known as Karate. It’s original students were from the noble houses in Okinawa, then the independent kingdom of RyuKyu. Shorin-Ryu combined the native martial arts with Chinese martial arts. Shorin comes from the Okinawan pronunciation of Shaolin. This style predates most modern martial arts. Today Shorin-Ryu Karate incorporates the classic traditional forms and techniques while incorporating the best and most useful of the new. American Martial Arts Institute is a member of the Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Karate Association , one of the oldest and largest martials arts associations in the world.

Our Class Schedule (always subject to change)


→  4:00 to 5:30 Open Mat Time
→  5:00 to 5:30 Junior Weaponry
Junior Jujitsu-Grappling(future)
→  5:30 to 6:15 Universal Karate
→  7:00 to 7:30 RyuKyu Kobudo Weaponry
→  7:30 to 8:30 Shorin-Ryu Karate


→  4:00 to 5:00 Open Mat Time
→  5:00 to 5:30 Little Dragon Karate
→  5:30 to 6:15 Universal Karate
→  7:00 to 7:30 Shorin-Ryu Kata
→  7:30 to 8:30 Shorin-Ryu Karate


→  4:00 to 5:00 Open Mat Time
→  5:00 to 5:45 Universal Karate
→  5:45 to 6:30 to Advanced Universal Karate
→  6:30 to 7:30 “FireStorm” Team Demo Training
→  7:30 to 8:30 Sparring class for all ages


→  4:00 to 5:00 Open Mat Time
→  5:00 to 5:30 Little Dragon Karate
→  5:30 to 6:45 Universal Karate
→  6:30 to 7:00 Junior Weaponry
→  7:00 to 7:30 RyuKyu Kobudo Weaponry
→  7:30 to 8:00 Shorin-Ryu Karate


→  Private Lessons
→  Testing for all ranks
→  2nd Friday Every Month

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