Adamson’s Karate Studio to celebrate 40 years


By Heather Collins

Adamson’s Karate Studio is celebrating 40 years of business this month. It has eight locations in central Indiana, with the Carmel dojo being the largest.

“It’s been a really nice thing for our family,” Shihan Doug Adamson said. “I think we’ve helped a lot of families along the way, and that’s always been our goal.”

Adamson is a ninth-degree black belt and has competed all over the world. Adamson taught karate and self-defense classes at IUPUI for more than 20 years. His wife, Sensei Janice Adamson, a seventh-degree black belt, competed in the AAU Karate Nationals at the age of 50 and won the gold medal in her division.

Adamson said the culture of Adamson’s Karate is family centered. He said more than half of the students are related to someone else at the school.

The Adamsons have four sons and four daughters-in-law who are all a part of the business. The Adamson’s nine grandchildren also are students at the studio.

Adamson’s Karate Studios created one of the first pre-school karate classes in the nation, and it has one of the oldest karate summer camps.

The studios don’t only focus on the art of karate. Adamson said the main goal is to create successful, well-rounded people.

“We want to see people grow, and we want to see them change and be able to achieve what they want to achieve, and that’s what we do. We use karate as a tool to accomplish that,” Adamson said.

Through the years, Adamson said what he enjoys most is hearing parents talk about how the program has transformed their child.

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The Adamson’s Karate Studio’s 40th Anniversary Celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. May 13 at 502 East Event Center, 502 E Carmel Dr. Current and former students are invited to attend. The event will celebrate the legacy of Doug and Janice Adamson.

Tickets are $40 and available at the available Adamson’s Karate Studio in Carmel at 1307 Range Line Rd.

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