Martial Arts / Self Defense

 Shotokan Karate

Shotokan Karate

Instructor:  Sensei Jerry Williamson, a 6th degree Shotokan Black Belt with over 30 years of instruction experience; 21-year law enforcement career; former FAME Florida State Champion; former State Police Olympic Gold Medalist for 5 consecutive years

Location:  Peck Center, 1st Floor Instructors' Studio (in outside courtyard)

Improve your fitness level, self control, and self-image while learning self defense. Ages 5 and up.

Class schedule:  Mondays from 3:30-4:30pm, Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00pm

$40/month City resident, $45 Non-City

Registration forms available at the Atlantic Recreation Center.

Uniform, belt, and patch can be purchased directly through Sensei Jerry.


For more information, contact Sensei Jerry at 904-765-2441 or email 


Japanese Ju Jitsu and Kenjutsu

The City of Fernandina Beach and Island Bushido Samurai Martial Arts are offering Ju Jitsu and Kenjutsu classes at the Peck Center.  Ages 12 and up.

Instructor:  Sensei Jeff Weisfeld, 3rd Degree Black Belt

Location:  Peck Center, 1st Floor Instructors' Studio (in outside courtyard)

Ju Jitsu involves formal Japanese instruction to include striking, kicking, throwing, and submission through joint locks and finishing techniques.
Class schedule:  Tuesdays from 7:30-8:30pm; Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm
Fees:  $8/class or $60/month City residents; $10/class or $75/month Non-City

Kenjutsu involves formal training in the use of the katana (sword) and bokken (wooden sword).
Class schedule:  Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm
Fees:  $8/class or $30/month City residents; $10/class or $36/month Non-City

For more information and to register, contact Sensei Jeff:


Women's Self Defense

Instructor:  Jeff Weisfeld

Location:  Peck Center, 1st Floor Instructors' Studio

Training in self defense provides a platform for developing and improving mental, physical, and emotional capabilities to better deal with external aggression, as well as living each day to the fullest.  Exercise and education are the goals.

Ages 12 and up

Thursdays from 7:30-8:30pm
Fees:  $3/class or $10/month City residents; $5/class or $15/month Non-City

For more information and to register, contact Jeff: