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Martial Arts
Tai Chi & Chi Kung
Instructor Room
Instructor:  John Cipriani
Location:  Peck Center, 2nd Floor Instructors' Studio

Lower blood pressure, improve circulation, achieve better balance and strength, and reduce stress with these traditional Chinese methods for improving and maintaining health and wellness.  Traditional 108 posture form, Chi Kung meditation, and pushing hands are taught. 

Class schedule:

  • Mondays:  11:00am-12:00pm
  • Wednesdays:  11:00am-12:00pm and 6:30-8:00pm   
  • Thursdays:  6:00-8:00pm

$40/month City residents, $42 Non-City for one, two, or three classes/week
Register at the Atlantic Recreation Center

For more information, contact John at 904-583-0677 or email

NOTE:  John will discontinue this class after August 2014.

Shotokan Karate
Shotokan Karate
Instructor:  Sensei Jerry Williamson, a 6th degree Shotokan Black Belt with over 30 years of instruction experience; 21-year law enforcement career; former Florida State Fame Executive Fighting Champion; former State Police Olympic Gold Medalist for 5 consecutive years
Location:  Peck Center, 1st Floor Instructors' Studio

Improve your fitness level, self control, and self-image while learning self defense.  Ages 5 and up.  

Class schedule:  Mondays from 3:30-4:30pm, Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00pm.

$40/month City resident, $45 Non-City
Registration forms available at the Atlantic Recreation Center

Uniform, belt, and patch can be purchased directly through Sensei Jerry.

For more information, contact Sensei Jerry at 904-753-3605 or email  


Instructor:  Dan Kelly, over 25 years training in Aikido; retired U.S. Marshal specializing in witness and dignitary protection; certified Defensive Tactics Instructor by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia
Location:  Peck Center, 1st Floor Instructors' Studio

"You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you could fight back.  But are you prepared?  You have a duty to protect yourself."  These are the words of Sheriff David Clarke, Milwaukee County, WI.  Be prepared and protect yourself through the gentle, yet powerful martial art of Aikido.  Aikido emphasizes movement that blends with the movement of the attack, joint manipulation, and throws.  Aikido uses the power and momentum of the attack, against the attacker, quickly neutralizing the assault without inflicting injury.

Ages 14 and up

Class schedule:  Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:30-8:00pm

$50/month City residents, $55 Non-City.  Register at the Atlantic Recreation Center.

For more information, contact Dan at 904-400-1498 or email