Our Vision. Our Mission.

At Southeast karate we believe that who you are on the mat reflects who you are in life. karate is the instrument for the development of mental and physical strength as well as the development of integrity and character.

We are devoted to building a community rich in these qualities both inside and outside of the dojo walls.  

Southeast Karate is owned and operated by Troy Hirschkorn and Brittany Bacon.  Between the two of them, Sensei Troy and Brittany have over 30 years of combined experience working with adults, children, and families.  Together, they work to support students' rounded growth in as many areas as possible.

Their shared vision around community empowerment and philanthropy have spurred a dedication to making karate and all of its benefits accessible to as many people as possible.  Southeast Karate will never deny service to anyone, and works on a case by case basis to provide for those in need. 

Head instructor, Sensei Troy Hirschkorn is a lifelong karate veteran with over 28 years of experience in martial arts.  His skill as a competitor is matched only by his passion as an instructor and coach. He thrives on building relationships with his students and facilitating their growth by identifying individual strengths and building upon them. 

Southeast Karate is unique for the intimate relationship that Sensei Troy and Brittany build with their students, and for the relationships students build with each other. They are devoted to the protection and cultivation of a supportive and inviting community culture that reflects the integrity of the art of karate

Who you are at the dojo reflects who you are in life and vise versa. I’m teaching kids how be disciplined, respectful people inside and outside of class.
— Sensei Troy Hirschkorn

Where we came from and where we're headed

Southeast Karate opened its doors in February of 2016.  We have continued to grow steadily since that time as a small school and business specializing in the instruction of Shotokan Karate which is a strictly Japanese style of karate.  Students can begin training at any age, as young as 4 or even well into adulthood.  All levels of experience are welcome here.

Sensei Troy Hirschkorn has spent his life training and competing in karate.  After putting in many years teaching at other schools and developing other karate programs, his passion for instructing and coaching lead him to open his own dojo, Southeast Karate LLC.  

Southeast Karate is a school for the average student as well as serious competitors. Southeast Karate students were placing in competitions across the country less than a year after opening and their reputation has only continued to expand with time.  We continue to grow our competition programs for elite level competitors and Olympic hopefuls.  Having been one himself, Sensei Troy continues to dedicate time and energy to growing high-level athletes with programming designed to enhance strength, agility, endurance, and mental fortitude. 

Though we continue to expand, we remain a dojo that is first and foremost about integrity of character and empowerment, with a strong vision around philanthropy.  Our continued  focus remains on community outreach through building partnerships and programs with local non-profit organizations.  Our hope is to have a lasting positive impact in the Upstate region, making the world a better place one student at a time. 


Being a part of Southeast Karate is being a part of a community. Come and join us today so that you too can enjoy the many benefits of learning martial arts!