About Us

For centuries, the Martial Arts have been building strong and confident children and adults. Since Jason McCormick opened the doors of Karate World in 1995, our programs have given hundreds of students the unshakable confidence, athletic coordination, and razor-sharp focus that lays the foundation for a lifetime full of success.

As chief Instructor and Owner, Jason began his karate training in 1984 under Master Gene Lewis in Mullins, South Carolina. He received his adult black belt in 1990 and served four years as a U.S. Marine before opening Karate World of Surfside Beach, South Carolina in 1995. His love of physical fitness, teaching, and community involvement makes Karate World an ideal place for students to develop their own leadership skills.

Master Jason’s attributes include:
  • Associate’s Degree in Health Science & Radiologic Technologies
  • Regionally ranked competitor in forms, weapons, and fighting by Sport Karate International from 1991-1999
  • Sport Karate International Self Defense World Champion in 1995
  • National Black Belt League Self Defense World Champion in 1996
  • 6th Degree Black Belt: Zen Ketsugo Karate – September 2012
  • 6th Degree Black Belt: American Karate – September 2012
  • 1st Degree Black Belt: Joe Lewis American Karate Systems – January 2005
  • Blue Belt with 3 stripes: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – June 2012
  • Purple Belt with 1 stripe: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – November 2013
  • Certified CDT Personal Protection Training Instructor – January 2010
  • National Tournament Promoter 2004 – 2005