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Rifkin Professional Karate Center

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We Help Parents Raise Confident Leaders
& Adults Reach Their True Potential!

Since 2000, Rifkin Professional Karate Center has provided its members with a road map to success based on self-defense, confidence and goal-setting skills.


502 Cooper Drive, Columbia, MO 65202

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Rifkin Professional Karate Center Owner

Hi, my name is 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.


You may have experienced boredom with your usual fitness routine or reached a plateau in your performance or physical fitness results. Our adult programs are the perfect alternative to a boring gym routine, as they help you develop into your maximum potential both physically and mentally by providing real life self-defense strategies in a fun, focused environment. 

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We Share & teach The Same Values You Teach At Home.

Our programs have a strong focus on personal development. The foundations of our morals, values and core character traits are formed in our early years. For this reason, the programs at Rifkin Professional Karate Center are an essential way to enhance the growth and personal development of young students of all ages. 

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Our Facility

• Over 5,500 square ft facility
• Zebra Mats for Maximum Safety
• Climate Controlled Training & Viewing Areas
• Open Seating for Parents & Spectators
• Men’s and Women’s Changing Rooms
• ​Equipped for Special Events and Seminars


What Makes Rifkin Professional Karate Center Different From other Martial Arts Schools?

We focus on the personal development aspect of martial arts, not just self-defense moves. 

Our instructors are all certified black belts, qualified and licensed to teach martial arts.

Our facility is always clean and features a viewing area for parents, as well as matted floors throughout.

Our Promise at Rifkin Professional Karate Center:

To Train in the
Highest Quality Martial Arts
Program Available

To Focus On
Personal Development
in a Positive Environment

To Offer Programs
Accessible & Enjoyable
by People of Any Age

"To lead a class with the threat of negative re-enforcement is to not lead at all. We choose instead to lead by example. Our job is only partly to educate; in large part, it is also to inspire."

The Rifkin Professional Karate Center is unique in its approach to the training of Martial Arts. There are many schools and many styles of Martial Arts out there. We are different in that we stress detail and performance from our curriculum. Our students are taught not only the movements, but their real-life applications. Teaching a quality Martial Arts program requires a well-educated staff of intructors that can not only deliver the material in a systematic way, but can teach fun classes that students will look forward to day after day.

Headed by J.D. Rifkin (Master Rifkin) and a staff of expert instructors and managers, including Mr. Thomas Dang, Mr. Chris Bosque, and Mrs. Tammy Rifkin, the Rifkin Professional Karate Center offers a number of programs for physical fitness and instruction. 


Our base curriculum consists of the blend of Karate, Taekwondo, Kickboxing, and Aikido. Best known for its powerful kicking techniques, TKD is one of the more aggressive styles, blending the basic kicks with those more advanced and graceful, such as the spinning and aerial kicking. Among the benefits of TKD are improved flexibility, speed, power, and muscle control.

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba. On a purely physical level, it is an art involving some throws and joint locks that are derived from Jujitsu and some throws and other techniques derived from Kenjutsu. Aikido focuses not on punching or kicking opponents, but rather on using their own energy to gain control of them or to throw them away from you. It is not a static art but places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement. The flowing motion of properly executed Aikido is not only combat effective, but beautiful to watch.

Together, these martial art styles provide our students with options for every situation: Kickboxing and Tae Kwon Do's devastating strikes and kicks, coupled with the deep stances and balance of power from Karate and the throws, footwork, and energy flow of Aikido. As a student progresses, he or she will take on increasingly difficult techniques, each tailored for their specific level of achievement. For each belt advancement, a student will test before our Black Belt panel to determine their level of proficiency in that level's techniques. The testing material includes Punching and Kicking Routines, Forms, Self Defense Techniques, Board Breaking, and Sparring under qualified instructor supervision. Proper attitude and respect are always grading criteria.

Hula Frogs Award

Throughout our curriculum, we place emphasis on proper form, technique, and realistic street application. We encourage our students to push themselves further, to conquer formidable odds and accomplish far more than they thought possible. We develop strong minds and strong bodies.

We're honored to be recognized by Hulafrog's The Most Loved Awards. These awards recognize the best local resources for kids and families in hundreds of communities across the country. The Most Loved Awards™ honor the local businesses that parents adore most. Thank you to everyone who voted!

  • Master JD Rifkin

    Master JD Rifkin

    Owner/Head Instructor

    5th Degree Black Belt

  • Mr. Laith Almashharawi

    Ass't Instructor

    1st Degree Black Belt

  • Ms. Zoey Adams

    Ass't Instructor

    1st Degree Black Belt

  • Ms. Aaliyah Potes

    Ass't Instructor

    1st Degree Black Belt