Karate school combines fitness and fun
Brady Taylor, shown above practicing a kick, has opened Taylor Karate in the Twin Pike Shopping Center in Louisiana.
When Brady Taylor was 12, he was overweight and didn’t have a lot of self-esteem.
He turned to karate, a move that fulfilled a desire to lose weight and gain confidence.
“It was the only thing I liked to do,” said Taylor, now 20. “It was my outlet. I wasn’t into sports or anything, and this is what I got in to.”
That passion has led the Bowling Green resident to starting his own karate school. In October, he opened Taylor Karate, located at 3320 Georgia in the Twin Pike Shopping Center in Louisiana.
Taylor’s teaching style focuses on traditional Shotokan karate, which he said emphasizes self-defense and proper technique.
The classes are open to all ages, starting as young as three, and abilities. Most classes meet twice a week, with private lessons also offered. The monthly tuition varies by age with family discounts available.
Taylor, who was homeschooled, offers a weekly class for other homeschool students as well as a weekly preschool class for three- and four-year-olds.
Taylor currently has more than 30 enrolled, with new members joining each week.
“I felt there was a lot of potential in Louisiana,” he said. “I felt the kids had a need down here to do something physical, other than just the normal basketball and football.”
The classes are centered on fitness, discipline, self-defense and fun. He said he’s already received compliments from parents about their child’s improved performance in school.
“I want it to be known for improving peoples’ lives,” Taylor said. “When they come here, I want them to leave a better person.”
Being a young business owner has been a learning process for sure. He has juggled the various tasks, including renovating the vacant space he now occupies while taking business classes.
At the same time, Taylor continues to train on his own. A second-degree black belt, Taylor travels to St. Louis twice each week to meet with his instructors.
He is currently working to earn a third-degree status and will be a member of a team that competes this summer in the National Pan American Championship in Dallas, Texas.
Fortunately, he has had his family to lean on. Two months in, it’s all coming together.
“A lot of people have their dreams and never do them,” Taylor said. “I had the opportunity so I felt I would go ahead and do it.”