Honors, Leadership, & Culture

Martial Arts Academy

Bryan College’s Martial Arts Academy is a leadership development program designed to provide students with a balanced mix of martial arts training and spiritual formation.

Beginning in the fall of 2018, students in this four- year program will have the opportunity to work towards a black belt in Isshinryu karate or their 1st and 2nd degree*.

Students will receive credit for their training and have opportunities to compete annually in weapons kata, empty hand kata, and point fighting**. In addition to martial arts training, students will develop a biblical worldview as well as the ability to think and communicate well to others.

BCMAA Tournament Dates

Septemeber 21 • Charlotte, NC
September 28 • Knoxville, TN
October 5 • Middlesboro, KY
October 26 • Crossville, TN (Judging Only)

  • Desire to train in Martial arts with humility and confidence
  • Desire to grow in your faith as you train and study at Bryan College
  • Cumulative high school GPA of 2.5+ and an ACT score of 18+

Scholarships are available based on demonstrated martial arts proficiency as well as financial need. Contact David Holcomb (below) for further information.


Contact David Holcomb. David oversees the program and has a 5th degree black belt with 30 years of karate teaching experience.

(423) 775.7247

Bryan College Box 7783
721 Bryan Drive
Dayton, TN 37321


*certifications will be given through the International Isshinryu Karate Association
**Tournament season will follow the IIKA supported tournaments and the IHOF tournament