I. S. A. Martial Arts & Fitness

Florence, SC

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How does your business stand out?

Dr. Petrotta has 53 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.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

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.


Florence, SC 29505

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11 Reviews
  • Gilberto D. Feb 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
  • Jessica S. Aug 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.
  • Tony G. Jul 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) ...😃
  • David P. Oct 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
  • Barry P. Oct 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.
  • Steve H. Oct 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.
  • Joshua G. Oct 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.
  • Homero V. Oct 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. Respectfully Homero R. Vela, Texas
    Dr. George P. Oct 14, 2013

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

  • Jim L. Oct 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. Oct 13, 2013

    Thanks to you Jim for the kind thoughts and words.

  • Sid R. Oct 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. Oct 13, 2013

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

  • Amber W. Oct 12, 2013
    Self Defense Lessons
    Verified Review
    Our sessions are fun, informative and the techniques are applicable to real life situations!
    Dr. George P. Oct 13, 2013

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


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
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.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
The prospect and I, sit down and have a face to face meeting to see if we are compatible with each other.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
After being in my field of expertise for over 53 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.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
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.
What types of customers have you worked with?
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.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
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.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
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.