We Help Parents Raise Confident Leaders

& Adults Reach Their True Potential!

Since 1973, National Karate - Academy of Martial Arts has provided its members with a road map to success based on self-defense, confidence and goal-setting skills.

4608 Nicollet Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55409

Hi, I’m Emily Lemon.



National Karate has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I began my karate journey in 1994 at the age of 8. Ms. Carrie Fuerstenberg was my primary instructor and a huge influence on the energy and experience I bring to the classroom today. I obtained my first black belt in March of 1999. NK has helped shape me into the person that I am today and I'm grateful now to be in a position as an owner where I can have the same impact on the lives of so many others.

Our Mission

Men, women and children develop strength in the body, honesty in the heart and true mental confidence through the dedicated practice of National Karate martial arts. National Karate Academy of Martial Arts has been training students to achieve excellence since 1973. Grandmasters and 10th Degree Black Belts, John Worley and Larry Carnahan have inspired thousands of students and established one of the top martial arts schools in the world. Children will develop discipline and coordination skills in an exciting learning environment. Youth build focus, self-esteem, and leadership skills through our professional designed curriculum. Adults are empowered in their fitness goals while learning self-defense. Whether a preschool child needs to begin improving social skills or a teen dreams of success at national competitions, our professional black belt instructors will help students achieve these goals. According to Grandmaster Worley, “The only way to fail on your personal path to realizing your dreams is to quit.” Come join National Karate Academy of Martial Arts and begin on your journey to excellence.

Our Legacy

Established in 1973, National Karate is Minnesota’s largest professional karate and self-defense school. Over fifty thousand Minnesotans of all ages have been benefited from NK training which combines ancient eastern martial arts methods with state-of-the-art training tools designed to help prepare students for the challenge of modern America. There are twenty schools in the Twin Cities, two in the St. Cloud, MN area, one in Rochester, MN, four in Illinois, one in Colorado Springs, CO and one in Milwaukee, WI. All National Karate Schools are staffed by professional instructors who are concerned for your progress, safety, and personal development. Our instructors receive ongoing training, both in the martial arts and in best practice teaching methods. NK self-defense programs have been conducted at Augsburg College, The Boys and Girls Clubs, General Mills, Best Buy, Nash-Finch, and dozens of child care centers and public and private schools. Our organization is like a tight-knit family. All National Karate instructors and owners earned their black belts through our thorough testing process. They are part of one of the largest martial arts organizations in the mid-west. Our instructors take pride in the quality of their students. From 1973 to present day, the quality of our black belts is second to none. Many of our students and instructors are nationally and world rated competitors in the North American Sport Karate Association.




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About South Minneapolis National Karate

The National Karate Academy has been dedicated to helping men, women and children discover the benefits of martial arts training.

  • Physical strength, flexibility and weight control are developed through high repetition natural body exercises.
  • Mental confidence is achieved from time-tested & effective self-defense skill.
  • NK training teaches respect, self-discipline and perseverance.
  • NK’s black belt professional instructors are highly trained and dedicated to help all students achieve their life goals.

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Mindful of different age groups also very friendly across-the-board great place to take your kids not as you know a babysitter to drop off and go do things but to sit and watch them progress through the training that is provided very knowledgeable staff and pleasant.

Jeff Goodwater

A fun energetic family atmosphere, we have two daughters enrolled and they are flourishing under the direction of the instructors/leadership at [National Karate]. I highly recommend National Karate, so much so I joined myself!

Gary Wilkins

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Studies have found that children in martial arts have an increased sense of responsibility.

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4608 Nicollet Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55409

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