At River City Karate you’ll find your second family! We are dedicated to promoting our students and encouraging a positive home life as well as a fantastic training experience. You and your family will benefit from powerful self-defense moves rooted in traditional Martial Arts.

Lightning fast strikes, paired up with mesmerizing footwork, and epic kicks will set you up for stellar fitness gains and huge bursts in personal development. Our students gain laser-like focus, become more disciplined in their everyday life, and have an absolute BLAST in our classes.

Total beginners welcome! We love to work with beginners and elite athletes alike. No matter what your starting level is, you’ll get a crazy-good workout with us, gain lean muscle, and learn techniques to keep you and your family safe. At the end of the day, that’s what makes us feel best! Knowing we give everything we can to our students so they can stay safe and sound.

A sneak peak into our classes - they’re controlled, fast-paced, and fun. Each month, there is a focus for the training (such as Intensity, Power, or Speed) and each workout is a combination of cardio, strength-building, and skills instruction and review.

Kids, Parents, and Adults love karate! Knowing how to defend yourself and being physically fit builds confidence and self-control.

Safe, affordable, clean. We take great pride in making sure your child has a clean and controlled environment, always. Kids develop a healthy respect for authority and gain crucial life skills in class.

On Your Way to Black Belt Status! Did you take karate as a kid, but didn’t finish your black belt? Do you need to drop a few pounds? Would you like to be able to defend yourself against an attacker? Karate isn’t just for kids!

Some other added benefits both our kids and adult members experience are:
  • Boosted Self-Esteem
  • Body Confidence
  • Better Teamwork & Goal Setting Skills
  • Outrageous Core Strength & Hip Mobility
  • Improvements in Stress Reduction

The variety of classes we offer brings a unique twist to your fitness routine and offers something for everyone. Use our classes as a highly effective training tool for personal defense, a stellar boost to weight loss and fitness gains, or as a stand-alone martial art. Whether you want to seriously dedicate your time to becoming an amazing martial artists or simply want to get fitter fast - the key is that our instructors work WITH YOU and not for their own personal goals.

For more details on our unique ways to squash fears, have the most fun you’ve EVER  had working out, and get you into that “can do” mind-set just visit our classes page. The “Classes” link in the menu above is where we break down what it is we do in each class and where you can find that super low web-special going on too! Wouldn’t want you to miss out.

Our owner and head instructor's bio is below so you can get a feel for the leadership at River City Karate. Looking forward to training with you soon!
Meet Chase Russell
Owner at River City Karate in Decatur, AL
4th Degree Black Belt

Sensei Chase Russell is the owner and head instructor of River City Karate. He is currently ranked as a 4th Degree Black Belt in Korean Tae Kwon Do Karate and has been teaching for over 13 years. He starting karate lessons in July 1992 after being inspired by the movie, Blood Sport!

At just 9 years old, he was enthusiastic about training and began to take lessons from Mr. Wilburn King of Kings Southern Karate Studio. Three and a half years later, in December 1995, Chase earned his 1st Degree Black Belt at 13.

Since then he has  held the following titles, each for the applicable ranking belt and age group: Alabama State Champion 1993-1997 ; Alabama State Champion 2001-2004 ; International Karate Circuit Champion 2003 ; Regional Sport Karate Circuit Champion 2004.

When Chase’s teacher, Wilburn King, passed away in 2003, Sensei Russell opened River City Karate– named after the River City Open Tournament that Mr. King held each year.

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How to Get Started

Come join our Decatur AL, facility! We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, Summer Camp, and Birthday Parties . Choose a program that most interests you and take the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (256) 340-0500 if you have any further questions. We hope to speak with you soon!