Cartersville Martial Art & Self Defense proudly serving Cartersville since 2004

Cartersville Martial Art & Self Defense Help Parents Raise Confident Leaders & Adults Reach Their True Potential!

Who we Are And why You Should Train Here

Since 2004, Cartersville Martial Art has provided its members with a road map to success based on self-defense, confidence and goal-setting skills.

Our instructors have a backgrounds in Choi Kwang Do, Universal MA and PasaRyu and  and have brought those experiences to Cartersville Martial Art & Self Defense.

Cartersville Martial Art & Self Defense is led by Master Michael Wilson and his wife Deputy Master Angie Wilson. Joining the Wilson family is an awesome group of head and assistant instructors dedicated to excellence. Master Wilson has almost 20 years’ experience and was promoted to 5th Degree, Master Instructor in May of 2018 after being examined by Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi (9th Degree Black Belt) in London, England. The Wilsons have been teaching in the Cartersville community for over 17 years now and have worked with thousands of students during that time.

Cartersville Martial Art & Self Defense is a refined and scientific martial arts form, distinctively different from  classical martial arts in concept and movement. It should not be put into the same category with the hundreds of sub-styles of existing martial arts systems. Our scientific approach means not only reaching maximum power potential but also ensures we operate our bodies safely so our training promotes health and does not cause wear on the body. This means areas like practical self defense, fitness, health, personal development and even even rehab can all be accomplished through our training methods. 

Our Family Martial Art Academy

  • 1,200 Square-Foot Training Area With 10 Foot Ceilings And Overhead Fans
  • Master level instructors on duty
  • Staffed by both male and female instructors
  • Great Mats brand 1″ Premium Training Mats for Maximum Safety
  • UV air filtration systems to kill all airborne germs, viruses and diseases.
  • Daily disinfectant fogging to remove germs on hard to clean and porous surfaces.
  • Climate-Controlled Training Room & Waiting Area
  • Open Seating for Parents & Spectators
  • USB Wall Outlets for Phone/Device Charging
  • Water Fountain
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Men’s & Women’s Rest Rooms And Changing Rooms With Storage For Personal Items
  • Equipped for Special Events Such as Workshops, Parties & Seminars


Our facility is always inviting and comfortable, making everyone feel right at home! We use the best training products and technologies on the market in our classes. We always have at least one CPR certified instructor on hand.

Get To Know Our World Class Instructors

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Master Michael Wilson

Chief Instructor & Examiner

5th Degree Black Belt

Hi, I’m Michael Wilson.

I KNOW HOW DIFFICULT AND CONFUSING FINDING A MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL CAN BE.

I remember when I was a child, feeling uncertainty about beginning martial arts. I wondered if I had what it took to succeed and I wasn’t the most athletic or confident child – quite the opposite. Little did I know that beginning my martial arts journey would be one of the most profound experiences of my life!

When my wife and I opened our academy in 2004, we made a commitment to serving and empowering the community of Cartersville by teaching children and adults the confidence, leadership, and fitness skills that can only be achieved through martial arts.

Master Shelley Reid

Master Instructor

5th Degree Black Belt

Shelley is the 2nd highest ranking instructor in the Bartow County area of Choi Kwang Do and Universal Martial Art. She was the first black belt enrolled at the Cartersville Academy aside from the chief instructor. Master Reid is a mother of three, is a piano teacher during the day, active in the church and loves teaching and training at the Cartersville Martial Art Academy whenever she can. She is currently preparing for her 6th Degree Black Belt test, when completed she will earn the title of “Senior Master Instructor”.

Deputy Master Angie Wilson

Deputy Master Instructor

4th Degree Black Belt

Angie spent her life the shy and quiet person in the back of the room. At her and Michaels wedding in 2003 no one could hear her at the alter aside from those within a couple of feet. In 2004 Angie started training when her and her husband Michael opened the Cartersville academy. After a short time she found herself being more outspoken and much more outgoing. Angie’s confidence also went WAY up. She was Cartersville’s first female instructor and since then has trained many other females into instructor positions. Angie is a certified Deputy Master Instructor, has sat on the Georgia Exam board and is certified in CPR. She works at an automotive maintenance products company during the day and gives her time to the Cartersville community as an instructor in the evenings. Deputy Master Wilson is active in her community, church and tries her best to balance these areas with equal family time. She holds a 4th Degree Black Belt in both Choi Kwang Do and Universal Martial Art.

Seth Walker

Head Instructor

3rd Degree Black Belt

Seth is one of our newest head instructors with a decade of experiance in martial arts. Seth is a great role model, holds a 3rd Degree Gold Stripe Black Belt and is also an Eagle Scout. If your looking for a good role model this is your guy!

Brandon Copeland

Head Instructor

1st Degree Black Belt

Kaylee Copeland

Head Instructor

1st Degree Black Belt

Jeff Hartman

Weapons Program Director

3rd Dan PasaRyu – Green Belt UMA

Mr. Hartman is working towards his black belt in the UMA system but holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt in PsaRyu martial arts and is trained in various disciplines and weapons. He heads our weapons program at Cartersville Martial Art. Mr. Hartman has decades of experiance and loves to share it with the students in Cartersville.

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