Premier Martial Arts coming to Carmel’s Merchants Square in early 2021


For Andrew Brindley, the Merchants Square spot was perfect for Premier Martial Arts in Carmel.

The school, 271 Merchants Square Dr., Suite A-118, is 1,700 square feet and in the same complex as Goldfish Swim School, The Little Gym and near the temporary location for the Carmel Clay Public Library. Brindley said he plans to open in early 2021.

“We fell in love with it for the connection to the kids,” said Brindley, who co-owns the franchise with his wife, Victoria. “My wife and I are not in the position of kids of our own yet, so it was the ability for us to help make an impact on our community and make an impact on some awesome kids’ lives through some self-discipline, through learning motivation and all sorts of these skills that martial arts helps build in kids.

“It’s not about fighting other than self-defense and helping kids be prepared against bullies.”

The Carmel couple hired two instructors that each have approximately 15 years of experience teaching at community centers.

“My wife is a nurse and I’m a home builder, and we were looking for our next thing to do,” said Brindley, noting that he has set up different businesses in the past. “We came across this awesome martial arts business. It’s a nationwide franchise and they have everything set up. We’re going to be looking to run the place and keep everything going smoothly.”

Brindley said the system is designed so the instructors will receive business training and eventually open their own schools.

Brindley said he and his wife participated in martial arts when they were young children.

“For us, martial arts was a way to focus and relax and really set our eyes on a goal,” Brindley said.

Victoria said she likes the fact that it is a sport where no kid gets benched.

“It’s an individual sport that is involved with a whole group of people,” she said. “Everyone can partake in it no matter what their physical level or knowledge level is. It’s very encompassing.”

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