Our History and Story

Our History and Story

A Family Focused Martial Arts Lineage

Master Harvey J. Karam, a 7th-degree black belt, founded Karam’s Martial Arts in 1973 in North Canton Ohio. The School was relocated in 1975 and began out of the garage of the house. The school has been in continuous existence ever since. We have taught many adults, kids, men, and women.

Upon Master Karam’s passing, in 2007 he turned the school over to the oldest of six kids, Matthew J. Karam in 2006. Since then we have been working very hard to increase the training and skills included in our program. Matthew stated training under GM Karam when he was five years old. He spent thousands of hours working on Hyungs and combinations. Competing in tournaments. Studying the great masters and training with GM McClanahan and GM Dong Hi Choi.

Everyone is like family. Instructors, students and families of students. It can be an intense but safe environment, a place that rewards good decisions, offers a positive atmosphere, leadership, and recognizes hard work that goes beyond the expectations of the daily world.

We work together and share our stories and our goals, growing together in a supportive, fun, driven environment. We believe that the harder you work, the more you forge the strength to harness your mind and your body, the better you’ll be able to act and react in life and any altercation that you may have.

How are Diamonds/Leaders made? 
A tremendous amount of pressure and heat over a long period of time.

The strength and confidence you’ll gain resonates out of every student!