Welcome to Nishime Martial Arts in Florence KY!
We use martial arts to transform lives by improving health and fitness, enhancing confidence, providing self defense skills, and building a community of positive, motivated people.
With over 50 years of experience, we are the premiere martial arts academy in Florence, KY and the tri-state area. We offer a full complement of traditional to modern arts from Karate to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for both adults and kids.
We are also a family-run business with a long history in martial arts, a strong sense of community, and a focus on martial arts values of respect, humility, and perseverance.
Martial arts is more than just a sport, self-defense system, or fitness program; it’s a lifestyle that improves the whole person. Our programs are designed for people of all levels, experiences, and ages from absolute beginner to world-class competitor.
Our experienced professional team will help you achieve your goals whether it’s self improvement, self defense, weight loss, confidence, or to be a world champion. In the process, you will transform your life.
*We serve the communities of Florence, Independence, Union, Burlington, Hebron, Covington, and the surrounding areas. We also have a location in Cincinnati OH.
Whatever martial arts program you pursue, you will get in the best shape of your life. You’ll torch fat and calories while building aerobic and anaerobic conditioning. All of our programs are mentally engaging. Therefore, you’ll never be bored and always looking forward to the next one.
You’ll have a new belief in yourself that comes from the confidence you’ll gain through martial arts. This confidence transcends sport and impacts every area of your life because it helps you believe in your ability to succeed in anything you try. Above all, this will transform your life.
Through martial arts, you will learn the most important forms of fighting technique from both striking and grappling disciplines. In addition, you will learn to remain calm in the most stressful of situations which is essential to effective self defense. If needed, you will have the skills and knowledge to protect yourself and your family.
We are a family-run business with a strong sense of community, and we believe martial arts are for the whole family. We foster a welcoming and positive environment. In other words, you’ll be surrounded by a driven, positive, and supportive community to help you reach your goals.
The Nishime Family
Started over 50 years ago by Shihan Kiyoshi Nishime, Nishime Martial Arts has taught thousands of students in the tri-state area.
A native of Okinawa, Japan, Sensei Nishime is a 9th Degree Black Belt in Karate. He moved to Cincinnati to teach karate in 1973. In 1998, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Japanese government for his contributions to martial arts and was recognized as the 1999 National Instructor of the Year by the Amateur Athletic Union.
Jason Nishime is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Karate and a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the world renowned Shawn Hammonds. He’s been training in martial arts since 6 years old.
Mary Beth Nishime is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Karate and a licensed fitness instructor. She has been training in martial arts for over 30 years.
Our passion is in teaching and helping people of all ages and abilities transform their lives through the power of martial arts. From our family to yours … we hope you’ll join us to find a strong sense of community, empowerment, and skills that will transform your life.
Getting Started is as Easy as 1-2-3
I began learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Nishimi’s because, as a Shawn Hammonds affiliate, I knew I would be learning top level BJJ. With names like Chad Hardy and Chewy (Nick Albin) it’s a great network but also a great community. I have been overwhelmed by the support of the team at Nishime’s and from the Nishime family.
Great place for young and not so young to learn self defense.
I’ve been training Jiu Jitsu at Nishime Martial Arts for going on 4 years now and I couldn’t be happier! The skills I’ve learned and friendships I’ve made over the years are second to none. If you’re looking for a family friendly atmosphere and outstanding, high level instruction, I highly recommend you give Nishime Jiu Jitsu a try! Whether you’re looking to get in shape, learn self defense, or compete in this awesome martial art, be sure to stop in and see Jason and his wonderful family.
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One of my favorite things about jiujitsu is getting to promote people. For those that don’t know, there are 5 adult belts in jiujitsu and it takes roughly 10-15 years to achieve black belt. You will spend years at a given rank as you go through your own personal...
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Team Nishime had a busy summer on the competition mats in both karate and jiujitsu. From local events to major international tournaments, the team has racked up 253 medals and counting. We are proud of all our athletes and would like to highlight two individuals who...