There are a number of health and psychological benefits that come with participating in karate. More specifically, though, karate offers a wide variety of exercise benefits!

Karate and Martial Arts can be associated with weight loss with just thirty-minute session burning 360 – 955 calories! Karate is also linked to improved cardiovascular health, stressing the heart and building strength. In addition, regular karate participation will improve your muscle mass, reflexes, and your overall mood. Exercising releases endorphins in the body, and makes you feel good!

Psychologically speaking there are also several mental benefits to participating in karate.  Karate will help to improve your confidence and respect, as well as improving discipline and mental toughness; benefits useful in everyday life.

Perhaps the greatest part of practicing Karate and Martial Arts is that it’s a fun workout. Many people don’t realize the time that’s passing while they’re learning and feel great afterward. That is why we are pleased to host Maximum Karate at Pink Hill Wellness and Education Center.

Maximum Tactical Survival offers martial arts classes to children and adults.  The children are taught a unique blend of traditional martial arts and modern self-defense techniques.  The step-by-step learning method will help each student meet and exceed their physical and mental goals on an individual basis.  The adults are taught Commando Krav Maga(CKM).  Maximum Tactical Survival is a Christian based program that serves Jesus Christ and strives to glorify God’s Kingdom.  We respect the history of all martial arts but we realize true mental and spiritual peace comes through knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. 


Scott Kennedy began studying martial arts in 1991 under the late Hanshi Lemuel “Doc” Stroud, a 10th Dan in Hakko-Ryu Ju Jitsu.  In 1995, he began studying, Kenpo Karate, his primary art under 7th Dan Shihan James “Jim” Irwin.  Scott also studied extensively under 6th Dan Master T. Carlois. Scott holds a 5th-degree black sash in American Chin Na Kung Fu from 6th Dan Master T. Carlois.  Scott is a certified instructor in Chin Na Kung Fu.

In addition, Scott is a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Okinawa Kenpo Karate-Kobudo under 8th Dan Kyoshi Marcus DeValentino and 7th Dan Shihan Irwin.  Scott was appointed North Carolina (shibucho) branch director of DeValentino Shudokan Schools International (Okinawa Kenpo Karate Kobudo) in January of 2009 under the direction of Kyoshi Marcus DeValentino.  Scott served in this role until June 2011.

Scott is a certified Level 4 Instructor in Commando Krav Maga (CKM) and a certified Commando Krav Maga Level 1 Shield Total Officer Protection (TOP) instructor.  Scott is the highest-ranking Commando Krav Maga Instructor in North Carolina, and was personally trained by Moni Aizik, Founder of Commando Krav Maga.

Class Schedule:

6:00-7:00 Beginner/Intermediate Karate
7:00-8:00  Advanced Karate & Krav Maga (Reality Based-Adults Only)

***Classes for Ages 7-99

$50/month (non-members) $40/month (members)

NOTE: An initial uniform fee due upon registration

What Will My Child Learn?

Children who take martial arts develop self-confidence by setting and achieving new goals.  They learn respect for themselves and others by training in martial arts and learning Christian-based values.  They will learn courage and patience to handle life’s daily challenges and to stand up for what is right.  Students develop balance, agility, poise, dexterity, and improve overall fitness.  Students are prepared to protect themselves and their families by thinking instead of panicking in potentially dangerous situations.  They will accomplish all of this by participating in fun, dynamic, and challenging lessons.  Most of all, students will learn TRUTH about their own power, character, integrity, and dedication.

What Is Commando Krav Maga?

Adults who take Commando Krav Maga (CKM) will learn how to defend themselves and their families.  CKM is a reality-based fighting system that teaches a student, regardless of size, age or gender, how to protect themselves in deadly encounters that may happen on the street and in the real world. CKM is considered by many experts to be the most evolved and effective Israeli hand-to-hand combat system in the world.  With its no-nonsense approach and straightforward practical moves, CKM prepares you for the unexpected with techniques that can be utilized effectively under pressure.  CKM is not a traditional or sport-based martial art. There are no competitions, rules, nor regulations. Instead, CKM is a reality-based system designed for the primary goal of survival.