Karate Classes

Karate Classes

Classes for all ages and even a family class where everyone can train together.

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Judo and Jiu Jitsu

Judo & Jiu-Jitsu

Learn leverage over strength in the best, full body workout there is.

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Living Sword Difference

The Living Sword Difference

Small classes & a family focused program are just a few our strengths.

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Family Martial Arts...Yours, Ours, Together


You, like most families, are juggling a lot of things at once...kids,work, school, church and more. You know that martial arts can help promote confidence, discipline, and fitness but you don't know what changes are coming three years from now let alone three months from now. Your schedule and your budget need to be flexible.

That's why we don't push contracts for our karate classes...we don't even offer them. That's why we keep our membership dues low. That's why we work with you during the tough times so that you can keep up your karate training no mater what life throws at you.


Living Sword Karate is a family business in every sense. Not only are we a husband and wife teaching team but our son has been taking karate with us since he was three and is super excited to have started Judo and Jiu-Jitsu. Our daughter just got started in the preschool karate program and can't wait until she can start rolling in the Jiu-Jitsu class with big brother and you will even see her sneak out on the mat to try an armbar.

Karate is a passion for us and it is our heartfelt desire to share our family's passion with you.


When we work together with our members and with the churches that host our program we become more than just a karate school. Sure, Living Sword Karate teaches excellent martial arts classes but it is more important to have a lasting impact on our community.

We teamed up with our members and Covenant United Methodist Church to raise money for tumbling mats that are used in their community fitness programs, their preschool/PDO, and by local sports and cheer programs. We helped raise money for Advent Presbyterian Church's youth scholarships. We stepped up for Covenant again when they needed an automated external defibrillator (AEDs) and raised the funds they needed and even negotiated a reduced price with the supplier so they could get an extra one with the money we helped raise.

Living Sword Karate News

Wear Your Costumes!

Wear Your Costumes!

It's the last week before Halloween and that means we are going to dress up this week, so wear your costume to class this week! We'll still practice our karate skills to get ready for Friday's promotion but we've planned a little extra fun as well. You definitely don't want to miss your chance to test your ninja skills in an all new game. If your costume is too bulky or too tight to do karate, you may want to bring a change of clothes for the first half of... read more
In The News: Some Extra Points

In The News: Some Extra Points

By now you have probably seen the new piece that aired on WMC Action News 5. If not check it out here. You can't include everything in a short segment and some things get left on the cutting room floor. Here are a few extra points that didn't make the cut. It's Not Your Fault It doesn't matter what you were wearing, what you said, or how you were walking, the attack is never your fault. If you tried to fight back, good for you. Maybe it worked, maybe it didn't but that doesn't mean that the outcome is your fault. If you went along with the attacker, good for you. You cannot predict how things will turn out but doing what the attacker says does not mean you are to blame for what happened. Vulnerable Targets Mrs. Nelson mentioned attacking the nose, throat, and groin but there were a few targets in the short lesson that didn't make it to the broadcast. Here is the complete list. Eyes - Use your fingers or thumbs to gouge the eyes or rake across them with your fingernails. Nose - Strike with the heel of you open hand. Throat - Strike the blade of your open hand or press in with your fingers. Groin - Kick upward with your food or knee. You can also smash with your fist or even grab and squeeze. Knees - Kick with the side of you foot. Safety Tips In case you missed it, check out the safety tips we published here. Some of these made it into the broadcast but there wasn't enough time to... read more

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Preschool and Kindergarten Karate


Not only is Living Sword Karate a family run program, we are a martial arts family. With schedules that make it easy to enroll kids of different ages, to family activities, to affordable membership options, to our no-contract program, we strive to put family before everything else.

Karate Belts


Living Sword Karate teaches self-defense, physical fitness, life skills, and personal development through a fun and challenging program that includes karate, judo, and jiu-jitsu. Whatever your goals, martial arts can be a vital part of achieving them!

Self-Defense Lesson


If you are interested in joining or just have some questions about one of our karate, judo or jiu-jitsue programs, feel free to stop by a class to give martial arts a try. Wear clothing you will be comfortable moving and exercising in such as a t-shirt and shots or sweat pants. There is no cost to try and not pressure to commit...ever.

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Close to You

Bartlett, TN - 4.9 mi | 8 min

Germantown, TN - 4 mi | 8 min

Collierville, TN - 12.9 mi | 22 min

Lakeland, TN - 6.1 mi | 8 min

Arlington, TN - 11.2 mi | 13 min

Memphis, TN - 4.7 mi | 6 min

Two Locations

Covenant United Methodist Church
8350 Walnut Grove Rd
Cordova , TN 38018
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Advent Presbyterian Church
1879 North Germantown Pkwy.
Cordova, TN 38016
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Living Sword Karate has been teaching martial arts in the Cordova, TN area for almost ten years. Our karate, judo, and jiu-jitsu programs are dedicated to the idea that martial arts should be accessible to everyone in Cordova, Memphis and beyond. That is why we have partnered with Covenant United Methodist Church and Advent Presbyterian church to offer our judo, jiu-jitsu, and karate classes in Cordova where we can reach out to people from all over the Memphis area including Bartlett, Germantown, Arlington, Lakeland, and Collierville just to name a few. Our unique arrangement allows us to offer martial arts classes with lower overhead expenses which mean lower costs and no need for long term contracts.

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