Head Instructor Hachidan – 8th Degree Blackbelt

Sensei Brian Pena is a certified Blackbelt with 30 years of experience in Martial Arts and the Health & Fitness industry. Sensei Pena has been teaching the art of Karate in the Columbia, South Carolina area for over 20 years. He has trained countless men and women and also taught many fitness classesat Gold’s Gym, Ladies Choice and New Life Fitness Centers over the past 6 years. Come in today and see what he can do for you!

Martial Arts History

  • 1985 – Began Martial Arts training, New York, NY
  • 1991 – Promoted to Blackbelt (Shodan), Columbia, SC

Major Tournament Wins

  • All Stars Championships; Acapulco, Mexico
  • AmeriKick Nationals; Atlantic City, NJ
  • Battle of Atlanta; Atlanta, GA
  • Battle of Canada; Ontario, Canada
  • Battle of Chicago; Chicago, IL
  • Dixieland Nationals; Columbia, SC
  • Great Southeast; Spartanburg, SC
  • Hurricane Nationals; Galveston, TX
  • Jhoon Rhee Internationals; Washington, DC
  • Sidekick Internationals; Washington, DC
  • The Rumble; Raleigh, NC
  • Upstate Open; Rochester, NY
  • Yellow Rose Nationals; San Antonio, TX
  • National Blackbelt League Hall of Fame Awards
  • 1995 – Dixie Junior of the Year
  • 1997 – Dixie Adult of the Year

National Blackbelt League World Titles

  • 1994 – Hollywood, CA USA
  • 1999 – Niagra Falls, Canada

Other Accomplishments

  • Member of the Sidekick International Competition Team (1997-1999)

Coached champions in both traditional forms and traditional weapons

  • Jessie Jones
  • Chip Jordan
  • Alex Kilmarten
  • Ryan Kilmarten
  • Cass Sigmon
  • Devin Waldrop