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Welcome to Ciraco's Karate
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Train until Christmas
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Serving Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, 
Murrells Inlet, and Pawleys Island since 1992

Want to know more about our classes?
We have a variety of classes for children and adults of all ages. In addition to traditional Okinawan Karate, we have Dragon Society International Certified Instructors. Click on the link and one of our instructors will contact you ASAP.
We look forward to speaking with you.

ABOUT
We are committed to preserving the ancient arts of Okinawa. Our program teaches the Traditional Arts of Goju-ryu, Shorin-ryu, and Hakutsuru White Crane Karate. In addition to our regular arts we have integrated special programs for Stranger Danger and Bully Buster skills to help protect you and your family. Self Defense is a priceless gift that all children and adults need. Traditional Martial Arts and our unique way of teaching can improve your child's grades, boost their confidence and self esteem along with helping them to avoid the peer pressure that might lead them down the wrong path. Our leadership training class will teach your child about setting goals and taking responsibility for themselves. The life skills we teach go a long way to ensure your child's success in school, college and life. We have been teaching since 1992 on the south end of the Grand Strand. Our program has produced many high caliber black belts along with State, National, and World Champions.
Why do parents enroll their children in our program?
1) Structure / Discipline / Respectful After School environment 
2) Character Development / Life skills
3) Self Protection skills
Please choose carefully when deciding on a dojo!
All martial arts are not the same. Just because your teacher is a "world champion" does not mean they are a qualified instructor. All martial arts have not been tried and tested. All martial arts do not equate to self defense. Find out why we are the better choice, have more value, and are different then all the other schools!
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PROGRAMS

Children

Our martial arts classes are shocking parents at the kinds of results their children are seeing. Unshakeable focus, confidence, self-esteem, honor, courage, good manners, listening skills, and character development are all a natural outgrowth of our martial arts life skills program. Promotions in our dojo are earned not given away or paid for. The student learns success one step at a time. This Black Belt attitude prepares them for the future ahead and teaches them patience. Fire safety, active shooter safety, bully management, stranger danger awareness, and anti-drug skills are taught on a regular basis. Through our structured program students are taught to channel aggression and to focus their energy. Believe it or not, we've seen plenty of kids get better grades and your child will be proud of their accomplishments in the dojo and at school. Many teachers are simply amazed by the level of respect kids in the martial arts give them. We have also been teaching in the Horry Country School System since 1997. We will teach your child the character and confidence to stand up for themselves and others. They will learn discipline and hard work by setting and accomplishing goals which create a desire for self-improvement and learning. Our program will create the habits needed to grow into a physically and mentally healthy adult. Your child will learn a talent that they will be proud of. Not only does it look and feel very cool to their peers, but they will gain valuable skills that other activities don't provide. Our program is non- violent, safe and fun. It is for boys and girls and even for children that are non-athletic. The above skills help your child for LIFE! Your child's Inner Potential Determination and future success are just a few martial arts classes away. Call us today so that we can help your child make the right decisions when you are not there.​

Teen/Adult

Our diverse curriculum covers all of the principles of health, fitness, stress relief, and self-defense techniques. Come and experience the mind, body, and spirit training that only a traditional martial arts program can offer. The goal at our dojo is to preserve the ancient fighting arts of Okinawa that included striking and kicking skills, throws, takedowns, ground fighting. We also teach the use of pressure points and joint locking techniques that utilize the martial science that was once a well-guarded secret. We are the only dojo in South Carolina authorized to teach this material by the Dragon Society International. Our varied program and vast-range of martial arts knowledge teaches material from several different styles of Okinawan Karate. Goju-Ryu, Matsumura Shorin-ryu, and Hakutsuru White Crane. You can learn, train, & work out at your own pace. Gain the knowledge and skills to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Self-defense

Ciraco's Okinawan Karate and Kobudo offer Real Self-defense classes every Monday evening from 7:15-8:15 using the principles of Martial Science. Learn reality-based self-defense through simple, no-nonsense techniques that are effective in defending yourself from attackers. Classes are fun and safe. Street clothes, NO UNIFORM! Parents of students are invited along with other friends. Cost is free for students. $10 for parents or relatives, $15 for all others. This class is beneficial for police and security personnel as well as for women concerned about how to really protect themselves.
instructors

Michael Ciraco

Michael Ciraco was awarded the rank of 8th Dan and Grandmaster in Okinawan Kempo by the Dragon Society International in October 2014. He holds the rank of 7th Dan Kyoshi in the Okinwan Konankyu Kohokan. Michael Ciraco is a Master Teacher and fully certified International Instructor (4th Dan) for the Dragon Society International(October 2014). He was awarded a Shihan grade teachers license by the Universal Martial Arts Association in April 2011. Shihan Ciraco is also a 3rd Dan in Yamane Ryu Kobudo. Shihan Ciraco trained with Kyoshi Chuck Chandler for 12 years learning many White Crane karate katas and Matsumura Seito Shorin-Ryu Karate. He also holds the rank of 2nd Dan in Shorei-Kan Goju-Ryu 1996 OfficialCertifications/Awards: 2009 Inductee Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Regional Instructor of the Year. His dojo has been the winner Best Martial Arts on the Grand Strand WMBF News many times. 2009 Superior Leadership International Shurite Yudansha-Kai 2008 Sensei of Merit International Shurite Yundansha-Kai 2007 Professional Martial Artist Shurite Yundansha-Kai 2005 Renshi grade teachers license Okinawan Konanryu Kohokan. USANKF Official Referee and Judge, AAU Successful Coaching Principals 1999. Shihan Ciraco has been teaching on the Grand Strand since 1992 and began his martial arts career in 1986. He and his black belts continue to teach stranger danger and bully buster programs for the Horry County School System Shihan Ciraco has produced many high caliber Black Belt instructors who help to teach classes under his direct supervision. Shihan Ciraco and his students have won more than 25 National and World Championships in numerous traditional karate tournaments. Shihan Ciraco is a retired engineer from the Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire Department and an Ex-Captain in the Village of Mamaroneck Fire Dept.

Joshua Dunn

Sempai Joshua Dunn began training when he was 5 years old. He holds the rank of Sandan. He trained for over 18 years with Shihan Ciraco and at the age of 18 joined the US Air Force and was an aircraft mechanic on the KC 10. While stationed at McGuire AFB in N.J. Sempai Dunn pursued Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He had multiple amateur MMA fights. He also studied Muay Thai and American Kickboxing. Sempai Dunn is currently a full-time student at Coastal Carolina University pursuing a degree in Intel and National Security Studies. He currently has an Associated Degree in Aerospace Science. Sempai Dunn teaches the after-school Stranger Danger and Bully Buster program at Lakewood Elementary School.

Sebastian Velazquez

Sempai Velazquez is a world-class athlete and a 4-time USANKF National Champion. Sebastian comes to us from Colombia where he trained predominantly in Shotokan. He is a Shodan.

Lisa-June Melloni

Lisa-June Melloni has been training since March of 2009. She actively teaches and assists in all of the children’s classes and currently holds the rank of Shodan.

Will Barth

Will Barth has been training since February of 2009. He actively teaches and assists all of the children’s classes. He currently holds the rank of Shodan.
SCHEDULE
Beginner Children 4-6
Two days per week. Trial Program
MON
MON
MON
4:25 - 5:05
4:25 - 5:05
TUE
WED
THUR
FRI
SAT
Black Belt Club
This class is for Black Belt Club Members only.
MON
MON
MON
TUE
WED
THUR
FRI
SAT
5:20 - 7:10
Jr. Black Belt Instructors
Junior Black Belts can attend any class.
MON
MON
MON
TUE
WED
THUR
FRI
SAT
4:20 - 7:10
4:20 - 7:10
4:20 - 7:10
9:45 - 10:35 am
4:20 - 7:10
Open Training
All students 12 and under
MON
MON
MON
TUE
WED
THUR
FRI
SAT
4:20 - 5:10
4:20 - 5:10
Beginner/Novice
White Belts thru Green Belts
MON
MON
MON
TUE
WED
THUR
FRI
SAT
5:20 - 6:10
5:20 - 6:10
9:45 - 10:35 am
6:20-7:10
Intermediated/Advanced
Purple Brown and Black Belts
MON
MON
MON
TUE
WED
THUR
FRI
SAT
5:20-6:10
6:20-7:10
6:20-7:10
9:45 - 10:35 am
Adult Beginner/Novice/Interm.
Age 12 and up White to Brown Belt
MON
MON
MON
TUE
WED
THUR
FRI
SAT
7:15 - 8:15
7:15 - 8:15
7:15 - 8:15
9:45 - 11:15 am
Brown and Black Belts
Advanced class for 12 and up.
May attend any class.
MON
MON
MON
TUE
WED
THUR
FRI
SAT
5:20-8:15
5:20-8:15
5:20-8:15
9:45 - 11:15 am
5:20-8:15
MEDIA
CONTACT
Physical Address:
Ciraco's Okinawan Karate & Kobudo
1407 Highway 17 Business S.
Surfside Beach, SC 29576

Mailing Address:
Ciraco's Okinawan Karate & Kobudo
9535 Indigo Creek BLvd.
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Phone: (843) 650-7773



HOURS OF OPERATION
M0N-THUR: 4:00 - 8:15 PM
SAT: 9:00 - 11:15 AM