Vanguard Karate

Bringing Traditional Karate to a Modern World

Vanguard Karate was founded in 2009 to serve the needs of students all over the Raleigh/ Garner/Clayton area. Since we opened our doors, our Martial Arts School has helped an impressive amount of students change the way they feel about learning. Our innovative teaching methods help students really latch onto the material, and take charge of their own learning.


About the Martial Arts School

Vanguard Karate seeks to enhance the development of our students throughout their entire educational experience. Our staff is made up of a group of talented and creative professionals, who are passionate about providing the best Martial Arts School in Clayton. We offer the tools and support necessary for our students to reach their full potential. Do you want to learn at our Martial Arts School? Get in touch with us today.


Classes We Offer

Karate Classes (Shotokan)

How You Can Benefit

With our Karate Class, students have the chance to exercise their mind in ways they never have before. We use only the best, and most advanced teaching methods to activate the minds of our students, and help them absorb all of the information presented. Learn and have fun all at the same time with Vanguard Karate.

Private Lessons

Activate Your Mind

Private lessons are designed solely with the student in mind. Our private lessons provide students with an individualized, thorough understanding of the material, so that they are able to tackle kata and kumite with confidence. We want our students to keep an open mind, and have fun throughout their experience at Vanguard Karate.

Fitness Classes

Kickboxing, Yoga, Zumba

People from across Clayton and nearby turn to Vanguard Karate when they’re looking for the opportunity to get fit, have fun and meet like minded people.  With our fitness classes, you will surely be ahead of the game. Start today on the path to becoming a better, more fit you.


What our customers are saying!!

"Vanguard Karate is awesome. My two sons have been attending Vanguard for about 5 years and it has definitely made a difference in their young lives. When I was younger I had the privilege of having the Boys Club to keep me off the streets. So I know the importance of having somewhere to go and have someone be a great mentor to you. Sensei Gary thank you for being a beacon of light to our youth. It takes a village."

"Sensei Gary is so awesome, he is not just a teacher, he is a mentor that gives so much of himself!! He loves our children, and he puts his heart and soul into the Dojo and teaching each child at their own pace. I just cant say enough, he is wonderful!!"

"My family LOVES Sensi Gary . His love and passion for people and what he does is absolutely amazing !!!!! Vanguard has been a blessing ."

"We signed our grandson up so this is new to us ... Sensei Gary is awesome ... he makes us feel at home and he teaches the kids so that they have to earn the next level - outstanding .. No Pain No Gain ... God bless"


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Contact Us


849 Town Centre Blvd Clayton NC United States 27520