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Clarksville Wadō-ryū Karate School teaches Japanese Martial Arts

Jarrett Crawford

Jarrett Crawford

Clarksville, TN – Last year, Jarrett Crawford opened the Clarksville Wadō-ryū Karate School. At the academy, Crawford teaches wadō-ryū, a style that originated in Japan. “It’s the first Japanese style,” said Crawford. “It’s completely Japanese.”

Crawford first began displaying his karate moves when he was 8 years old. That’s when he realized that he wanted to open his own school someday. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do from the time I was little and beating up on my cousin,” said Crawford. The instructor is a 4th degree black belt.

At the dojo, there is a photo of Wadō-ryū founder Hironori Ōtsuka on the wall near a Japanese national flag. A few feet away is an American flag. There is also a 270 punching bag, workout equipment for adults, and large space for combat and practice.

Wadō-ryū differs greatly from kung fu and other fighting styles. “Wadō-ryū is basic fighting principles. You don’t want to waste a lot of movement,” he explained. Conserving energy and using swift counters are important factors of Wadō-ryū.

The school has classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 4:30 pm. There is a children’s class for children aged between 5 and 10, and another for children between 11-15 years old. The adult classes begin at age 16 and up. The price for the course is $99 a month. There are  discounts for active and retired military.

Crawford says that he is teaching self-confidence, self-discipline and self-esteem through learning self defense.

The school is located at 2535 Madison Street Suite H. For more information on Clarksville Wadō-ryū, visit


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About A.J. Dugger III

    A.J. Dugger III

    A.J. Dugger has been writing his entire life. Hailing from Memphis, TN, A.J. moved to Clarksville in 2004. After graduating from Austin Peay State University in 2009, he began a successful journalism career by writing for publications such as The Tennessee Tribune, The Tri-State Defender, The Leaf-Chronicle, The Hendersonville Standard, The Gallatin News, The Clarksville Sports Network, and numerous other publications.

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