Welcome to Robinson Martial Arts.

RMA Sakura Ryu Kuro Bushi




We are very excited that Governor Cooper just announced that the dojo will be allowed to reopen on Tuesday, September 8.

Obviously, the state is requiring a lot of safety measures and we’re committed to meeting the mandated guidelines in order to keep everyone safe and to ensure that we don’t bend any rules and encourage Raleigh to close us back down.

So, here’s how we’re going to approach this operationally . . . and a list of the safety measures we’re required to implement:

Operational/Class Changes

  1. THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER IS FREE! Normal billing will resume on October 4.
  2. For the month of September all students can come to classes four days each week instead of two – at no charge.  We want everyone to catch up quickly.
  3. Competition Team training is suspended until we are allowed to compete again. As many of you know, The Dojo Organization has cancelled all tournaments for this year and is waiting to see what happens after the first of the year. We work with them on a regular basis and will keep everyone informed.
  4. Belt testing will resume as soon as we can evaluate everyone and get them ready.  The idea is that it will be as soon as possible.

Mandatory Safety Requirements

The following will be required until the state lifts them.  We know that some of these mandates are unpopular, but it’s imperative that we follow them explicitly, not only for safety, but also to ensure we do not get shut down again.

  1. The dojo will be sanitized regularly.  We already vacuum, mop with solution, & disinfect the bathroom daily, but now, after each class, we will also disinfect door knobs & any equipment that is touched by students, we will spray the mats with Clorox cleaner, and we will re-spray bathroom surfaces. 
  2. Uniforms & cloth masks must be freshly washed before each class in order to prevent any outside contamination.  Plastic face shields should be wiped with disinfectant.
  3. Temperatures will be taken at the door by an instructor or RMA Booster Club officer.  The CDC states that anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or above cannot be admitted.  Anyone at 100.3 is considered safe.
  4. Masks covering both the nose and mouth must be worn by anyone while inside the building.  These can be cloth or the clear shields available at Sam’s Club, Amazon, and other outlets.  Our instructors have the shields because they make it easier to breathe and talk.
  5. We will make every attempt to maintain social distancing requirements of 6 feet.  On the floor, we will space students appropriately.  We will eliminate touching between students and instructors in any but absolutely necessary situations.  Parents and visitors are requested to seat themselves with adequate space between them.  Family members can, of course, sit together.
  6. There is a limit of (approximately) 25 people in our building at any time.  The requirement states 30% normal capacity or 25 in an indoor gathering.  The 30% calculation rule is complicated at best, based on the number of square inches in the total of a building’s exits, and it potentially limits us because we have only two doors.  So, we’re using the 25 mandate which should cover any normal single class period.  The important things are first, safety for everyone, and second, not getting shut down because of breaking the rules.  Some of our sister dojos in other states have already faced this.

We look forward to seeing everyone.  It’s been a strange and difficult year, but like my dad, Rev. Groce Robinson, always said, “Failure is not the act of falling down. Failure is the refusal to get back up and try again.” We’re martial artists and failure is never an option. So, we’re gonna get back up, deal with the inconveniences, and work toward a bright future filled with successes!

See everyone Tuesday, September 8!


What are you looking for in a martial arts school?

In the beginning, everyone approaches martial arts differently. 

Many parents are interested in getting their kids physically active and engaged with other children.  Some want their kids to become more focused and confident.  Many recognize the need for self defense training in an increasingly difficult world. And, others like the sport aspect of karate, so they look for a school that regularly competes in tournaments.

Potential adult students look for much the same things.  That’s because they’re aware of all the research that points to martial arts training enhancing their personal and professional lives by teaching them to be more focused, fit, and disciplined – in addition to helping them be safer by gaining self defense skills.

In the final analysis, training at Robinson Martial Arts does all of these things. 

Kids do better in school, get strong and flexible, develop a sense of self-suficiency, and learn how to aim for success.  Students – especially those with mild autism or ADHD – learn focusing skills and become part of a karate family that nurtures and cares about them.  And, they have fun!   

Adults who train are happier and more productive at work.  You get progressively more physically fit, more goal oriented, increasingly confident, and become part of a tightly knit group that encourages, supports, and keeps you pointing toward your goals!

At Robinson Martial Arts our students are family.  And, we encourage your family members to be involved in your journey.  Parents, grandparents, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters . . . everyone in your life is considered part of the dojo family.  They watch their students train, hang out at the “big table”, or just stop by to have coffee and talk with friends.  The inside joke is that we’re the McDowell County version of Cheers!  We really do know everybody’s name . . . and probably the names of all their pets (except snakes – we don’t do snakes!). 

But, we take our work seriously and regularly produce champion competitors and national award winners to prove it.  However, we’re not all work –  you know, train, train, train.  We regularly have social events – parties, potlucks, picnics.  If there’s an excuse to have food and fun, we’re there!  And, for those who want to go a step farther, we have an active booster club.  They’re a separate organization that supports and raises funds to offset costs of our competition team and coordinates the fun stuff, i.e., parties, etc.  Plus, they serve our community by collecting food and clothing, school supplies, and Christmas gifts for those in need.

So, don’t wait!  Check us out.  We’re a full time martial arts school, offering training in Sakura Ryu Karate for Tigers 4-6 years of age, kids 7-12, adults  13 – seniors, and women-only.  

Just give us a call at 828-768-2581 to make an appointment for a FREE, no obligation class, and see what a difference Robinson Martial Arts can make in your life!