I. S. A. Martial Arts

I. S. A. Martial Arts

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About I. S. A. Martial Arts

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For all you folks who are into the martial arts like Taekwondo
and Brazilian JuJitsu, and for those of you who don't know what a martial art is,
but need to learn a form of self-protection, let's talk plain and simple.

If you grew up in the 50's, 60's 70's, 80's or later, and attended
the local watering hole (bar) or local nightclub then you probably met
this guy who was the baddest guy in the place ... Call him Mr. Mean.

If you didn't, well... just imagine the meanest looking barroom
brawler biker dude you'd ever hate to be on the wrong side of.
About 265lbs of muscle and fat mixed together in a nasty soup of
"I don't give a S*&^T!".
In fact his motto was "Anyone - Anytime - Anywhere!"
In bars, he would get drunk and crush skulls just for the fun of
When he turned to professional UFC / MMA fighting, he used the same
techniques to intimidate and destroy weaker men like a bulldozer.

Except that this guy had one weak area that smaller attackers used to
EASILY defeat him no matter how much he tried to defend
himself...... and YOU can use this very same sneaky tactic to defeat a
much larger, stronger man regardless of your own size or strength.

Here's how some of what I teach works...
The fleshy part of the outside of your upper leg is filled with a
bunch of unprotected nerves.
This is the same exact area that kids jokingly hit to give each
other a "Charlie-Horse" that hurts like hell, weakens the leg,
and aches for several minutes afterwards ... and that's with a
single "knee-strike" from a child.

Knowing this, a few of Mr. Mean's smaller opponents simply took their
shin and drove it sideways right into this soft, fleshy explosion
of nerves.
His size actually worked against him as there was no way for him
to move fast enough to defend against this sneak attack.

The effects are immediate... and devastating!

Mr. Mean's leg instantly weakened and you could see the defeat in his
once-vicious eyes.
He hobbled and gave up, realizing he had no more "structure" to
put hs massive frame to use.

He was powerless!

THIS is how you need to think when facing a bigger, stronger
Don't think "punch" like most people do - it will just bounce off
of the giant thug in front of you and just get him madder.
Instead, a dirty "low blow" where you drive your shin through the
outside upper part of your attacker's thigh will bring him to his
knees, or use one of my other nasty tricks .... that I will teach you.
It doesn't have to be fancy or look pretty - you simply twist
your body to put all your weight behind a powerful "side-swipe"
of his upper leg, driving through and imagining that you're
literally chopping off both his legs with your own.
But while this move was able to topple a giant time and time
again, the most dangerous tactics are the ones that are so brutal
that they can't even be used in cage fights!

The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) use a system called Krav Maga which utilizes many different techniques from various martial arts all over the world. It's most vicious strike is the Elbow strike.
But, I bypassed the middle man and went straight to the source to learn the proper elbow strikes. We use Filipino KALI and Indonesian SILAT to strike with and our Korean HAPKIDO to put devastating joint-locks to immobilize and control the attacker.

THOSE are the moves you want to master!

You see, the common street criminal, loudmouth bully, and
predator looking to target you isn't going to follow any "rules"
of the octagon.
He's going to fight dirty.
He's going to grab a baseball bat ... throw a beer bottle ... grab
you by the groin ... claw your eyes ... because it works!
THAT is what "real fighting" looks like on the street.

Forget all the flowery martial arts moves you'll find down at the
local dojo / dojang / martial art school.
Most of them won't do you a darn bit of good because instructors
know that the 8-year olds' moms aren't going to pay that monthly
bill if little Jimmy is being taught to "fight dirty", right?

That's why I created the "SUNGJA-DO" system of reality-based street self-protection.
Call me to find out more or just send me an e-mail.
Just watch the 10 minute YouTube video showing the fun I have teaching Law Enforcement how to control a culprit.
I will promise you one thing: my classes will help you if you ever need to protect yourself.

My clients consist of men in their 30's, 40's and 50's who are not natural born athletes. My clients also consist of women in their 20's 30's and 40's who are professionals in their work ethics.
If you are someone (male or female) and are worried about how long it will take to learn what I teach, stop worrying. I can transform an individual into a "lean, mean fighting machine," within a minimum of 2-3 private lessons.
I can get your flabby, out-of-shape body into a shape that you will be proud of.

Ask yourself this question: If I had my choice to have a teacher with a high school diploma teach me, or someone who has his Ph.D. in teaching, which one would you pick?
If you go to a Neurosurgeon for back surgery, do you want the guy who finished in the bottom 5% of his class or in the top 5% of his class?

Would you settle for someone who gives you group lessons with all the little kids running around for cheap inexpensive monthly lessons on a long term contract and you would have to stay with them for years to learn what I teach in one or two classes, or would you want someone who can teach you techniques in one class that will help you immediately, (as soon as you leave me) at a higher price than those who will give you nothing except a long term contract and no knowledge?


2009 Butterfly Lake Drive
Florence, SC 29505

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  • 5/5 stars February 28, 2015

    I would like to thank Dr. George Petrotta for helping me with the kukkiwon certification process. It was a simple, easy process, and overall he inspired trust and I could tell he was an honest man. He's a person that is very strong spiritually, and that makes him a better person in the martial arts world. I would highly recommend this process to anyone who needs it.

    Very respectfully,
    Master Gilberto Delgado.
    Tuji Tae Kwon Do

  • 5/5 stars August 10, 2014

    self defense classes.I highly recommend George Petrotta. He takes the time to teach you modified ways for your size and height to protect your self. He breaks the steps down to help you understand the purpose in the moves. Aslo great working around your schulde.

  • 5/5 stars July 30, 2014

    Dr George petrotta a man with good character,one that love God!! Dr George listen to a road block that I had in my life he didn't have to but he did and I thank him for that....a real family man...Martial art he knows his stuff one of the best ....like I call him Doc..with all respect. .love that man...Tony Graham..( Hartsville sc) ...😃

  • 5/5 stars October 17, 2013

    Dr. Petrotta has help me with my training in Hapkido and in teahing my classes . He has given me correction and encourgement when I needed it . He has also become a close personal friend whom I have the upmost respect

  • 5/5 stars October 15, 2013

    Dr. Petrotta is extremely experienced; however, he is able to pass on what he knows in a very patient, understanding manner. His emphasis on technique versus force was beneficial especially for beginning students and women. His vast knowledge of martial arts was evident in his instruction and insight. From white belt to black belt, he had a desire to teach all levels with the same intensity and willingness.

  • 5/5 stars October 14, 2013

    Dr. Petrotta has been instrumental in my rank advancement in the Kukkiwon. He is always willing to spend time with me to review video and provide helpful instruction on ways to improve techniques. Working with Dr. Petrotta has been great and I highly recommend him to anyone that has a desire to continue growing in their martial art journey.

  • 5/5 stars October 14, 2013

    Grandmaster Petrotta is a amazing martial arts teacher with a lot
    great knowledge and experience to offer. He helped me with my Dan testing and promoted me. He is not about the money but the honor and love in teaching martial arts.

  • 5/5 stars October 14, 2013

    Thank you Dr. George Petrotta and International Sungja-Do Association for helping me get my Kukkiwon Dan certification.
    I'm glad to find someone who is honest and cares more about martial arts than about money. You are a man of your word.
    I highly recommend the Kukkiwon Dan Certification service through Dr. Petrotta.

    Thank you very much.

    Homero R. Vela, Texas

    Dr. George P. from I. S. A. Martial Arts replied to this review on October 14, 2013:

    My thanks to Mr. Vela in Texas for his kind words.

  • 5/5 stars October 13, 2013

    My experiences with Dr. Petrotta and his organization, I.S.A. Martials Arts, has been some of the best of my career within the martial arts which spans well over 30 years at this time.

    Dr. George P. from I. S. A. Martial Arts replied to this review on October 13, 2013:

    Thanks to you Jim for the kind thoughts and words.

  • 5/5 stars October 13, 2013

    Though many would attribute what they gained from GM Petrotta through martial arts, my wonderful experience came from the wonderful lesson of humility and the clear message he sends regarding pride as a pitfall. GM Petrotta has so many things he could boast about he never does. He is a wonderful example of a martial artist and a man. I truly admire him.

    Sid Rubinfeld, Sa Dan

    Dr. George P. from I. S. A. Martial Arts replied to this review on October 13, 2013:

    Many thanks to my good friend Sid for his friendship and loyalty.

  • 5/5 stars October 13, 2013

    George has a clear view on martial arts and he gives a lot of support just when you need it the most. The services provided are always on time and information is given as needed. Very good indeed!

    Dr. George P. from I. S. A. Martial Arts replied to this review on October 13, 2013:

    Thanks Daniel for these friendly and informative words.

  • 5/5 stars October 12, 2013

    I met Dr Petrotta thru Karate for Christ. Over the years I have worked with him in many different venues. One of the greatest benefits to me were his frequent trips to Hickory. When he came for seminars we always had large turnouts and many satisfied students and Sensei 's.
    Personally I have grown and developed as a martial artist in every conceivable way. I have learned to take many of his techniques, methodology and philosophy and incorporate them into my school and my teaching. Dr Petrotta's continued confidence and encouragement to me has been invaluable.
    Sensei Steven Riggs

    Dr. George P. from I. S. A. Martial Arts replied to this review on October 13, 2013:

    Sensei Steve or should I say Dr. Steve, thanks for the encouragement in your words.

  • 5/5 stars October 12, 2013

    Dear Dr. Petrotta,
    I am very glad that I have met you. You have been providing the great service to my school and my students since 2007. You have provided the fast service with the right price. You also have created the method and process to enhance your service. You're the best. I like to continue to receive your service for a long time.

    Dr. George P. from I. S. A. Martial Arts replied to this review on October 13, 2013:

    Master T. has his own following and is very successful in what he does. A compliment from you sir is worth a lot to me, thank you sir.

  • 5/5 stars October 12, 2013

    Mr. Petrotta was of great benefit to me helping me get my rank certificate in Taekwondo that I earned but since my master sold the school it made it difficult to finish it through because of time regulations. I would highly recommend him for something like this as everything went so hassle free and easy.

    Thank you again Master Petrotta!


    Robert Moss

    Dr. George P. from I. S. A. Martial Arts replied to this review on October 13, 2013:

    Mr. Moss has a way of words, and is also one of Christ's children which is the most important thing in this world. Thank you sir .

  • 5/5 stars October 12, 2013

    Our sessions are fun, informative and the techniques are applicable to real life situations!

    Dr. George P. from I. S. A. Martial Arts replied to this review on October 13, 2013:

    Thank you young lady for the kind words. You will be one of my best students, Lord willing.

  • 5/5 stars October 12, 2013

    I spent almost $1000 testing for my 3rd Dan at another school, waited a year, and never received my certification. After speaking with Dr. Petrotta for about 15 minutes on the phone, as which point he assured me he would help me get my Kukkiwon certification through him with little delay. 21 days later, I finally had my certificate in hand, all thanks to Dr. Petrotta's FAST and HELPFUL services.

    Dr. George P. from I. S. A. Martial Arts replied to this review on October 12, 2013:

    Robert, thanks for the good words on my service to you.

  • 5/5 stars October 12, 2013

    I got involved with the ISA in 2001.I was very impressed with the fact that Dr. Petrotta is a born again Christian,because so am I.I now teach hapkido "non-profit",because I believe that everyone should have a chance to study it,The economy where I live isn't very good,and there are a lot of people not working,so I charge them and their children very little,just enough to pay the rent,and maybe a little extra.I really enjoy teaching hapkido,and will be doing so till I can't move.Thank You Dr. Petrotta for your help and understanding.

    Dr. George P. from I. S. A. Martial Arts replied to this review on October 12, 2013:

    My thanks to Master Timmy for the undeserved praise from him. As he know, it is the WORK of the KING OF KINGS.

  • 5/5 stars October 12, 2013

    Dr. Petrotta is the consummate professional martial artist. He had helped multitudes of people, including me, not only achieve our martial arts goals but continues development across the spectrum. He never fails to provide sage advice and helps connect Masters and students worldwide. In my over 30 years of Taekwondo career, he is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. A true master, mentor, and friend.

    Dr. George P. from I. S. A. Martial Arts replied to this review on October 12, 2013:

    My thanks to you sir and my admiration for what you do for our country.

  • 5/5 stars October 12, 2013

    Excellent service,communication and support! I highly recommend Mr. Petrotta for self defense education and for his Kukkiwon testing and certification services.

    Dr. George P. from I. S. A. Martial Arts replied to this review on October 12, 2013:

    Many thanks Master Aaron.

  • 5/5 stars September 26, 2012

    Mr. George Petrotta, is a professional martial artist with exceptional skills in teaching and sharing his arts. I recommended anyone wanting to improve their life skills and learn self defense. Then train with GM Petrotta! Prof. Ben Fajardo 8th Degree Professor in Kajukenbo/Wun Hop Kuen Do Kung Fu.

    Dr. George P. from I. S. A. Martial Arts replied to this review on October 13, 2013:

    My thanks to Grandmaster Ben as he is more famous than I. His words are from a star above me.

  • 5/5 stars September 20, 2012

    A great service with a Greater Man backing that service

  • 5/5 stars September 20, 2012

    I've been a personal student of Grandmaster Petrotta for roughly 6 years. I am thankful for the life long friendship and for everything he has taught me!

  • 5/5 stars September 20, 2012

    Dr. George Petrotta is an honest, trustworthy man with whom I have had the privilege to communicate/be involved with. He consistently demonstrates exceedingly high standards in all areas of his life and encourages others to "do their very best for the success of their martial arts schools and their students."

  • 5/5 stars September 19, 2012

    One of the best man's i will ever know.

  • 5/5 stars September 19, 2012

    My martial foundation comes from Dr.George Petrotta....My unending desire to keeping learning new martial art techniques and to keep a open mind...Also gave me My interest in natural healing medicines...Which lead me to getting my Doctor's Degree in Chiropractic medicine. He has my Loyality always!

  • 5/5 stars September 19, 2012

    Dr.George, is a very kind people, willing to help when he can,
    He personal help me and my community school alot.
    He is the man.

  • 5/5 stars September 19, 2012

    This man is an experienced Master Instructor who is willing to share his knowledge. A phenomenal martial artist!

  • 5/5 stars September 19, 2012

    Dear Fellow Martial Artist,

    Prior to pursuing my college and graduate education, I obtained my 2nd dan in taekwondo. Due to 10 years of schooling which required frequent moving and changing of taekwondo training venues, I found myself unable to test for my 3rd or 4th dan. Now having moved to a city with no kukkiwon-certified taekwondo masters, I again found myself without ability to test. My heartfelt gratitude goes out to Grandmaster Petrotta who provided me the opportunity to take a rigorous test to prove my training and abilities and apply to the kukkiwon for my 4th dan (skip dan). The entire process was fair, professionally run, and a wonderful experience. My test was reviewed on September 6, 2011 and then my application mailed to Korea; on September 20, 2011 my kukkiwon status was changed to 4th dan on the kukkiwon website. My certificate was mailed immediately upon receipt including the original kukkiwon envelope. This would not have been possible without ISA Martial Arts. I highly recommend the services provided by Grandmaster Petrotta without any reservation. I'm now teaching in a city that previously did not have WTF taekwondo and spreading our wonderful martial art to more and more people. Thank you so much!

    -- Jeremiah
    Kukkiwon 4th dan (05101165)
    International Hapkido Federation 1st dan

  • 5/5 stars September 19, 2012

    In the past several years I've operated a martial arts class in the art of Tae Kwon Do. Grand Master Petrotta has been there all the way, wtih advice, encouragement, and a piller of strength in leadership for Christian martial art programs like mine. I have only the highest respect for him. I was blessed to have been directed to him by Grand Master Covington

  • 5/5 stars September 19, 2012

    Dr. Petrotta thinks of others more than himself. He's not only a Kungfu Grandmaster but also "A real friend" of people whenever you need his help. Some words can't describe all of his virtues but one thing for sure is that HE WAS BORN TO SAVE PEOPLE LIKE US.

  • 5/5 stars September 19, 2012

    Great seminars from a SUPERIOR martial artist.

  • 5/5 stars September 19, 2012

    Grand Master / Dr. George Petrotta is a professional martial artist and a very serious man, I have been tested and certified by him using the Kukkiwon procedure and the experience was an extremely professional and gratifying.

  • 5/5 stars May 25, 2011

    Dr. george petrotta is my hapkido instructor. he is a grand master in many forms of korean martial arts. dr. petrotta is in the DIRECT lineage { who taught whom; not who begat whom } of the founder and originator of hapkido in korea. therefore, so am i.
    i have been studying under him since december of 2010. since then i have lost over 30 pounds even though the classes are not very strenuous. this has occured due to his inspiration and my great desire to please him because of his gentle way of command. i am over 50 years old and have numerous medical issues {who don't?}
    The doctors told me that due to my injured lower spine my legs would never have the strength that they should. Dr. petrotta said that this is untrue and it is due to inactivity. I was quite skeptical. Today i have regained 90% of that lost strength and i have only been there 6 months. i can't wait till next year.
    Dr. petrotta is not only my instructor, he is also my mentor and i am so proud to call he and his beautiful wife{miss avis} my friends. Dr. petrotta and i discuss life's great mysteries and Godly spirituality. His faith in our Savior and Redeemer is inspiring.
    When i first began lessons he told me humbly that i did not have to call him "sir". My soul demands that i call him nothing but that.
    He treats me with great dignity and respect though he is the one that has earned the dignity and respect. I count myself fortunate to be his student.

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. I work with all types of individuals on their fitness needs and self-defense needs. I work with churches to show them their most immediate security concerns. Some adults are actually bullied at work and I help them work through those bullying situations.
There are husbands who are abusing their wives and I help counsel and show the wives that they do not have to fear any man.
What I teach Adult parents, they can teach their own children.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Be smart and check out all who make the claims that I make. It takes many years of training and actual experience to be a good teacher of the martial arts.
As a Grandmaster of three different martial arts, I teach Masters how to be Grandmasters; I teach black belts how to be Masters; I teach students how to be teachers.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. The inside secrets are: simple techniques that work in all situations. I have five core techniques that will work in all situations.
Example: There are only two ways you will be attacked. 1) A Linear attack and 2) A circular attack.

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. Can you afford me? Negotiations are not possible.
Do you really want to be taught or do you want to play? I do not teach "sport" techniques. MMA and UFC are "sport" techniques, because you have a referee.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. Dr. Petrotta has 51 years experience in his chosen field of expertise. The question is not relevant to Dr. Petrotta, as there is no one who teaches what he does in Florence, SC. He has spent countless time and money in securing the knowledge of reality combat to pass on to others. He also has an extensive background in personal and business related security, that goes back to 1998.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. The fact that it isn't a JOB. I do this for the safety of American citizens. Interaction is on a personal and private level. If I can help one person protect themselves from abuse at home or away from home, I have done my duty.
God gave me the gift of being an excellent teacher and I am bound by my promise to God to help those who need help. This includes Academic teachers in the Public Education field.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. Can I teach them how to defend themselves?
Most definitely and quickly, through scientific new ideas in self defense.

Why do I charge so much for my private lessons?
As one who has studied multiple martial arts and continues to study, one assumes that his knowledge is worth much more that he charges. He holds very high black belt degrees which means that he has accumulated knowledge that gives his students the security of being in "good hands."

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. I have a student who started with me when he was 13 years old, back in 1982. I instilled the proper work ethics and gave him the ability to express himself in a positive way through my training methods. Today in 2014 he is a qualified Chiropractic Physician in Texas.
Another student came to me in 2006 and was one of my first private students in South Carolina. In the last eight (8) years, he has increased his muscle size by three-fold in his upper body. He is one of my core teachers and a fine Christian.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. My personal security system of reality-combat is called Sungja-Do and was formed back in the days before MMA fighting was popular. My business of weaponless-security goes back to 1998 when I was in charge of a team of "bouncers" at a large country-western nightclub in Oklahoma. Since that time I have worked as Hotel security in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for one year and also as weapon-less security for a manufacturing company in Darlington County.
I have taught weaponless-security to Law Enforcement personnel in Arkansas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas.
I believe that if I am allowed to teach 3 or 4 Academic Teachers to be Instructors within their school system, then the whole school system within our local communities can be served at a minimum of cost to the system and Taxpayer,
If I teach 5, and they each teach 5, then we have 25 who understand and can teach the core of my teaching syllabus to others in the County Academic School Systems.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. When I just turned 18 years of age, I was in the US Air Force, back in 1963. We weren't required to learn self-defense, but I found a Judo school on the base and joined up. I started teaching in 1974 after realizing my potential as an Instructor candidate.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. After being in my field of expertise for over 51 years, you would think I knew it all. But, I learn something new every time I train an individual. To me, learning never stops, but just makes me a better Instructor.

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. My pricing system is on a sliding scale. As I teach private lessons to individuals, I can afford to charge what the student can afford to pay. Normally, I charge a new student $50 for one lesson per week, $40 each lesson for two lessons per week, and $30 each lesson for three lessons per week. This is my fee also for a pure fitness regimen with no self-defense.
My Corporate fees are based on negotiations between me and the Corporation.

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. Hard work counts more than anything else. Learn from anyone who is better than you are. Blood, sweat and tears work wonders for a human being.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. My ability to communicate.

Q. What are you currently working on improving?

A. My physicality.

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. Question: Do you teach children?

Answer: Normally no, I ran a commercial school for 30 years and taught ages from 3 to 83. I think that my self defense classes are not geared for children under 16. But if the parent of the child (children) will join along with the child, I will give it a try. The children must be over the age of accountability.

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