Allow us to introduce ourselves.

suitpicSince 1985, Tim Derby has been training in traditional karate.  For over 25 years, Tim has been providing quality, professional instruction for adults and youth in Columbus, Mississippi.   

We hope you enjoy our website and encourage you to contact us in order to make an appointment to visit our school.  This website is designed to provide you with some basic information regarding our facility, our style of karate, as well as the programs we provide.  Also, please note that this website focuses predominantly on our youth program.  Feel free to use our contact us link or call us direct in order to receive more information about the specific adult programs we provide.

What is Traditional Karate?

kempoTraditional karate (not to be confused with other martial arts) is not sport-oriented, nor is it anything similar to the violent combative martial arts portrayed through television and movies. While traditional karate is often characterized by its extraordinary demonstration of both speed and physical power; most importantly, traditional karate focuses on three specific areas of development: self-defense, physical conditioning, and self-discipline. All three working together to form the foundation for a karate student’s journey to achieving the confidence that accompanies a black belt.

Why Choose Karate Over Other Sports?

ashKarate is must more than just another sport. To begin with, in karate, NO ONE SITS ON THE BENCH. Most parents today are concerned about improving their children’s physical health and fitness, while also building strong confident and disciplined minds. At the same time, they clearly want their children to have FUN in the process. This is possible through karate due to its unique balance of hard work, great fun at the same time, and the ability to involve everyone. Additionally, karate is unmatched in its ability to building one’s confidence. A confidence that does not come through comparing oneself with others, but rather by encouraging students to continually and progressively challenge themselves. Ultimately, this aspect leads to the karate student’s commitment to excellence. An excellence that, in addition to being utilized inside the karate class, is also “transferable” outside of class providing innumerable benefits in everyday life. Benefits such as:

Physical Benefits

Mental Benefits

Behavioral Benefits

  • Self-defense
  • Strength
  • Co-ordination
  • Endurance
  • Balance
  • Flexibility
  • Athleticism
  • Combat obesity
  • Overall health
  • Character
  • Confidence
  • Discipline
  • Self-control
  • Self-respect
  • Self-improvement
  • Never quit attitude
  • Patience
  • Positive attitudes
  • Achievement
  • Mental sharpness 
  • Respect
  • Self-control
  • Improved grades
  • Combat peer pressure
  • Leadership
  • Lower stress
  • Lower risk for negative behavior
  • Work ethic
  • Integrity
  • Courage

Why Choose Our School?

awardChoosing the “right” karate school for your child is critical. This first step becomes even more important for those parents who are interested in enrolling their children in a program that, in addition to emphasizing the tangible physical aspects of karate training also focus on the intangibles such as discipline, confidence, and leadership. As a parent myself, I fully understand and accept my responsibility as parents entrust their youth to our karate program. As such, we are committed to “partnering” with parents by providing the highest level of professional instruction available anywhere. Unique to our program is our focus, our full commitment, and the facility we provide for each of our students.

Our Focus

trainingFirst, our focus is toward creating and implementing structured professional curriculum. Intense, while at the same time safe, our work-outs are designed to instill a strong work ethic in each student as we utilize encouragement and positive re-enforcement in order to guide each “individual” student through their quest for karate excellence.

Second and above all, Tim Derby Karate provides an uncompromising Christian environment for our students. Romans 1:16 states “for I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to all those that believe.” While our primary objective is to encourage adults and children to achieve excellence in karate we believe that those intangibles that are associated with such excellence should be utilized as tools to walk a more committed Christian walk; one, which focuses on bringing honor to God as well as serving others.

Our Full Commitment

As previously mentioned, we are committed to providing a Christian environment for our students. Moreover, beginning with myself, as the chief instructor, and extending to all our assistant instructors, we are committed to demonstrating the very same values we work so hard to instill in every student, realizing that inside the classroom and beyond we serve as role models for those whom we teach. Second, we are committed to assisting each student regardless of their skill level or ability; face the challenges that must be met in order to achieve one’s own level of excellence in karate. Furthermore, we are committed to partnering with parents to assist and encourage each student to display that excellence in karate class, as well as throughout every aspect of their life. In doing so, the karate student can go beyond merely combatting common youth peer pressure in order to be a leader among his/her peers.

Our Facilities

In early 17th century Japan/Okinawan, karate students trained outside or at best, indoors in very cramped uncomfortable quarters. Though the nearly four hundred year-old physical techniques have not changed, thankfully the facilities have. At Tim Derby Karate, we provide our students with the safest, most modern, as well as professional, karate facility available. Within our two-story, 5,000 square-foot heated/cooled facility, you will find an open 2,500 square-foot “padded” training floor (designed specifically for our student’s safety), separate men/women restrooms and changing rooms, as well as a fitness facility. In addition, our facility is conveniently located on Highway 45 North (across from K-Mart) allowing you to drop your child off as you shop in town, pick-up groceries, or simply run errands. Parents are also more than welcome to observe class or utilize our spacious downstairs lobby. Here you can get away from the noise and watch TV, read a book, or simply relax. Overall, our carefully designed karate facility (dojo) is a clear reflection of our unmatched commitment to excellence.

Tim Derby Karate School
2311 Hwy 45 North, Building C
Columbus, MS 39705
Phone: (662) 327-KICK (5425)

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