Norfolk Karate Academy in Norfolk, Virginia, is the Hampton Roads’ largest martial arts facility, offering instruction in Tang Soo Do and Karate. In addition, we are a Certified Level 2 Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center, offering instruction in Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/Combatives. Norfolk Karate Academy is not a chain or a franchise.  Our students receive personal attention with instruction tailored to individual needs in an atmosphere that promotes teamwork, camaraderie, and individual growth.

Head Instructor Bill Odom, a 6th degree black belt, is an accomplished martial artist with over 40 years experience as a Tang Soo Do practitioner and instructor. fter ten years of karate training, he joined the US Army. During his 25 years of military service commanding infantry units including Army Rangers, he acquired a wide-ranging knowledge of other martial arts and honed his teaching skills. He developed a combatives program for over 14,000 soldiers serving in Korea, has taught men and women of all ages, and is a former nationally ranked competitor. Mr. Odom continues his martial arts education with regular training sessions at the famous Gracie Jiu-jitsu Academy and is currently a blue belt Jiu-jitsu student of Rorion Gracie and a certified Gracie Combatives Level 2 instructor.

We don’t believe in gimmicks or fads. Nor do we promise martial arts training will be fast or easy. We do promise to make you a competent, confident, and complete martial artist. Whether you’re a child, teen, adult, senior, man, or woman — you will find our approach to martial arts training to be a positive life-changing experience that can improve your physical and mental health while teaching you to protect yourself against an attacker.


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