Rifkin Professional Karate Center

Rifkin Professional Karate Center

Martial arts classes in Columbia that build confidence & change lives!


502 Cooper Drive, Columbia, MO 65202


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Rifkin Professional Karate Center

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 has been offering instruction and training in Karate, Taekwondo, Kickboxing and Aikido since 2000. Located in Columbia, MO, 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.

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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. 

"I have been vainly searching for a good karate instructor in Columbia for a long time. I'm Incredibly happy Master Rifkin moved to this area. One of the first keys to professional martial arts is integrity. JD Rifkin has it in his possession. He is a man who has attained mastery of this art and reveals it in his every action." -Yana (2013)

Our Curriculum

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 graded criteria.

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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!


We teach all of our students to focus on and be present in the moment. In this age of distractions and sensory overload, this is a skill which returns immediate results in all aspects of one's life. Here are some interesting facts about Rifkin Professional Karate Center:

  • Our members are from all walks of life and from all levels of experience, absolute beginners to advanced. We have students, attorneys, doctors, engineers, military and law enforcement all training in a fun, team-oriented family environment. 
  • We have kids that have been training for years that leave to top colleges and universities in the country, thanks in part to the discipline and focus on hard work they learned through martial arts. This is something we take a great amount of pride in.
  • There are always new generations of individuals and families coming in to pursue the ongoing legacy. It is a tradition in martial arts to pass down the knowledge one receives in their training.  

It is our goal to inspire strength, discipline, confidence and focus in our students, to help them discover their inner leader. I believe every child has the potential to be a leader, they just need someone to believe in them. As a parent myself, I understand the challenges of raising a confident and focused child in an age where there are more distractions than ever.

And while the kids are training in their own classes, our adult program is second to none. From traditional martial arts to more modern self-defense styles, there is something for everyone at Rifkin Professional Karate Center. If you are looking to burn major calories, learn self-defense and get in the best shape of your life, you must come and check out our adult program.

Imagine yourself as a stronger, more confident individual in the best shape of your life. I want to personally invite you to take advantage of our introductory trial offer, and turn that vision into a reality.

It would be a privilege to meet you and your child to have them step onto our mat and enter the world of martial arts.


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Programs Offered at Rifkin Professional Karate Center

  • Little Warriors

    6+ Yrs

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  • Juniors Martial Arts

    7 yrs and up

    Juniors Martial Arts

    A specialized martial arts program just for kids.

  • Adult Martial Arts

    Adult Programs

    Get in shape with our adult program offerings.

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    Personal Fitness Training

    Shed fat, build muscle, agility, coordination, look great & feel fantastic!

Rifkin Professional Karate Center