COLUMBIA'S PREMIER MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING CENTER

Our dynamic Martial Arts Program in Columbia, MO has something for everyone. Children gain rock solid self-confidence, build unshakable self-esteem, and hone razor sharp focus, while adults get fit, improve flexibility and quickly eliminate stress!

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Welcome to Rifkin Professional Karate Center!

Hi! My name is Master JD Rifkin

WHEN I OPENED MY SCHOOL IN 2000, I MADE A COMMITMENT TO SERVING AND EMPOWERING OUR COMMUNITY BY TEACHING…

Children and adults the confidence, leadership and fitness skills that can only be achieved through martial arts.

The Rifkin Professional Karate Center has been offering instruction and training in Karate, Taekwondo, Kickboxing and Aikido for nearly 20 years. Located in Columbia, Missouri, Rifkin Professional Karate Center has worked hard to produce champions in life as well as in the martial arts.

Because people begin their training in the Martial Arts for a wide variety of reasons, we have tailored our program to address these needs. Whether you are interested in getting fit, losing weight, improving your coordination, balance, and stamina…or whether you are interested in self-defense and increased self-discipline, our program is dedicated to reaching those goals.

Get started now with one of our WEB SPECIALS and find out how you can be healthier, happier, and more confident with Rifkin Professional Karate Center training!

Physical and Mental Development

Our members tell us that our school is more of an institution of self-improvement, physically and mentally, rather than just a gym or some “activity.” It feels like a family.

We concentrate on building the whole person: Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and socially.

I pride myself on helping our adult members safely build lean muscle, quickly burn fat, gain flexibility, and relieve stress in a FUN, positive, and injury-free environment!

And for the children, parents all over the Columbia area give my martial arts classes credit for increasing their child’s ability to focus in school and at home, building their self-esteem, and igniting a passion for self- improvement they never would have expected.

Rifkin Professional Karate Center is So Much More than “Kicking & Punching”

The martial arts are not “just” about self-defense!

In reality, the physical “kicking and punching” are really just tools that I use to teach the more important, and MUCH more valuable lessons about yourself and life.

By practicing physical self-defense skills, you will follow the proven path for successful living based on discipline, focus, and perseverance.

Take us up on our WEB SPECIAL offer, and see the benefits of my Columbia martial arts program for yourself!

Rifkin Professional Karate Center reviews

A Shively-Gott
A Shively-Gott
2021-01-01
Hands down, the staff is amazing! I've seen a noticeable (positive) difference in my child's self esteem since he's been enrolled at Rifkin Karate & he feels like he really belongs. I cannot thank Mr.Rifkin & his staff enough for having such a positive influence on him! I only wish I'd enrolled him sooner.
Miles Schroeder
Miles Schroeder
2020-10-31
Amazing place to train and learn to defend yourself in actual world like situations. Also a great way to work out. Highly recommended.
Nalinda Wasala
Nalinda Wasala
2020-08-27
If you are in Columbia, MO area or closer and looking for martial arts for your kids (or yourself), you are looking at the very best & absolutely right place. The program is very high in quality. Master Rifkin delivers what he promises. He is very professional, fully committed and a good role model for the kids. Expectations are high and your kid will learn to work towards reaching a goal, be resilient and persistent. My son has been here for more than 2 years and loves it. I have been in the studio for pretty much every class (prior to COVID-19) and have seen the training and instructions, simply amazing. Once you are there, you’ll know the difference.
Brandie Jordan
Brandie Jordan
2020-08-03
My twins have been seeing Master Rifkin for about 9 months now and the amount of confidence I have seen in them is staggering. If you're looking to add to your child's confidence and self defense at the same time, I HIGHLY recommend RPKC for this. Well worth it. My twins love going to karate every week.
Chris Eidson
Chris Eidson
2020-06-05
Very professional while still being a very caring staff. Rifkin is an excellent instructor and our 11 year old daughter has thoroughly enjoyed her time here.
Jason Oliver
Jason Oliver
2020-06-04
I dont often give 5 stars but this facility and its staff are truly there for the students always. Yes it's pricey compared to some others but the respect and results speak volumes about the owner and his ways, making the cost more than affordable.
Amy Pescaglia
Amy Pescaglia
2020-06-01
My son is getting great instruction at Rifkin Karate Center. Once the COVID crisis hit, I wasn’t sure what would happen. Master Rifkin quickly put all classes online for easy to access, while the studio formulated a plan for return. I am so impressed with what they are doing. Online or in person classes so we each have options or backup plans. Temp checks, masks and hand sanitizer are used and a limited number of people are allowing in the building at a time. I feel that he is looking out to keep everyone safe and engaged at the same time.
Jeff Markowski
Jeff Markowski
2020-04-17
During the COVID-19 stay at home order, our son is using the virtual, private lessons and they are beneficial both physically and emotionally. These lessons help him stay in shape, in practice and mentally connected to the discipline. They are helping him stay on track, and motivate him to practice every day. I highly recommend these virtual lessons.
Shawn Mccoy
Shawn Mccoy
2020-04-16
Master Rifkin has been teaching my son for over two years now and this review is long overdue. I wouldn't consider taking him anywhere else. The growth I have seen has been amazing to watch and I attribute it to the skill that Master Rifkin has as an instructor. It is of utmost importance to him that his students get the best possible teaching that can be delivered to them, and it shows in his students. Lately, with the social distancing, he has gone to private lessons via zoom and my son has loved it. It has been the highlight of his week and allows for 1 on 1 instruction time ,maintaining the quality that is so important to Master Rifkin. I highly recommend the virtual training that he is offering right now

Rifkin Professional Karate Center

Although many people think the martial arts are just about fighting, the truth is that the physical “kicking and punching” are really just the tools that I use to teach the more important, and MUCH more valuable lessons about yourself.

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