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About Our School

Welcome to Olson’s Martial Arts Academy, the premier academy in Johnson City, TN for martial arts training and professional service. Our enthusiastic and experienced instructors are ready to help you understand the best program for you and your family to get started on an exciting journey in Martial Arts. We teach Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. We have a spacious 12,000 square foot facility with state of the art flooring for safe training and a complete viewing area of all classrooms.

We have two Master Martial Arts Instructors on site who teach regularly each day, not something many students in martial arts get to experience! Our staff of instructors go through detailed and thorough training and are friendly and helpful to all.

Olson’s Martial Arts is a family owned and operated business that has been serving the local area for over 20 years. Amanda Olson started the Academy in 1997 with her family after teaching and training in Florida for the previous 20 years. Her children, Keith Olson and Katie McKinney now each work full-time at the academy and continue to bring the same excellent quality service and instruction to the students and their families.

Master Amanda Olson developed the Nationally recognized Leadership Program for the American Martial Arts Institute that is taught nationwide. She is an 8th degree black belt and Master Instructor. Olson’s Martial Arts Academy impacts the community by training students to lead by example and to look for ways to improve the lives and help others where they live. We all look forward to seeing you in classes soon!

"Just a few of the benefits of martial arts training include unshakable confidence, improved health and wellness, building a community of like minded people, better focus and skills to achieve life goals. After training for over 40 years I have seen this happen over and over again for students of all ages. It's truly one of the best parts of teaching; helping and seeing students reach the goals they have dreamed about!" – Amanda Olson

Meet Our Instructors

Master Instructor, Amanda Olson

Master Instructor, Amanda Olson is recognized across the country as a leader in teaching instructors how to teach. She has led teaching seminars and communication seminars for entrepreneurs, teachers, and other professionals as well as written training and curriculum manuals for both.

She is a founding member of the American Martial Arts Institute and works daily in her Academy, Olson’s Martial Arts, with her two children and 1,000’s of students.

Her 30 plus years of teaching and working with families gives her a very unique perspective and approach to helping children and teens navigate into adulthood as successful, fulfilled and happy citizens who are now starting families of their own.

Her goal is to partner with families by being part of the “village” to help in raising and developing the leaders of the future. She is a highly experienced and successful, coach, martial artist, and teacher. Seeing children grow and succeed to live their dreams is one of her greatest joys.

Master Instructor, Keith Olson

Master Instructor, Keith Olson is a 6th degree black belt and Master Instructor in Taekwondo. He started training when he was 4 years old and has never looked back. He also began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA when he was 18 years old. He has earned the rank of brown belt and has been training since 2008. He competed in Amateur MMA for 8 years and turned professional in 2018. His amateur record is 7-1 and his professional record is 3-2. Keith has a passion for martial arts and for helping people better themselves through martial arts. He also holds a B.S. Degree in Exercise Science from ETSU. His logical and challenging teaching style will help you reach the short and long term goals you have in martial arts be it self-defense, better fitness or knowledge if a wide range of martial arts skills.

Keith Olson

Katie McKinney

Katie McKinney earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English in 2015. She trained in Taekwondo for 14 years going through the preschool program and earning her 3rd degree black belt and certified instructor status. She now works at Olson's Martial Arts Academy as the Office Manager and Program Director. Her main goal is to make sure the students and their families have a smooth and happy journey to reach their black belt goals. She is always ready to help you with any questions you may have either for yourself, your child or another family member.

Katie McKinney

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See What Our Community Members Say About Our Programs

Lee Phillips

My children have not been involved in martial arts for several years now. But the things they learned at Olson’s have been so good for them. It’s not just the specific skills; it’s the persistence and respect and leadership and hard work that have helped them grow up to be the wonderful people they are.

Becky Taylor

I love this program! It has helped our son immensely with his self confidence! He loves his instructors.

H.H. - Student

Who I am today is rooted heavily in my time spent training and teaching at the school and continues to define me as I grow.



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For all of our surrounding community members in and around Johnson City, TN our Martial Arts academy offers a couple online website specials for first-time visitors. These special offers are only seen here and are only valid for first time website visitors.

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2 Weeks of Classes
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One Program Overview
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