Meet Bill Taylor of the Bushido School of Karate

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Meet Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate

For more than 35 years, the Bushido School of Karate has been committed to helping men and women of all ages – from children to grandparents – discover the endless possibilities that come from studying the martial arts. From self-defense, self-discipline and confidence to focus and a high-energy aerobic workout.

As a martial artist, Taylor has trained under the world’s most renowned instructors. He focuses his efforts on running one of the oldest and largest karate schools in Tennessee and has also been an accredited karate instructor for Middle Tennessee State University since 1984.

The school has produced two world ranked fighters, four regional champions, one US champion, one North American champion and five state champions.

Gabe Taylor kicked a heavy sack during boxing and kickboxing class at Bill Taylor Bushido School of Karate's Champion's Corner Boxing and Kickboxing Gym on Thursday, December 16, 2021.

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Bill Taylor and I’ve lived in Murfreesboro all my life. I started learning karate at the Bushido School of Karate in 1973 when I was 12 years old. The Bushido School of Karate was Murfreesboro’s first martial arts school and one of the first in TN. The original location was 110 E. Vine St. (where the 13 story HCA building is now) and had no air conditioning, 800 square feet and a dungeon-like atmosphere! I bought the school from my teacher in 1980 when I was 18 years old. The school has now grown to two campuses with a student body of around 600! I competed in full contact karate at a professional level from 1980-1988 and was world ranked as a bantamweight and flyweight. I also boxed as a member of Sheriff Fate Thomas’ boxing team in Nashville.

Sherry Ryder works out during boxing class at the Bill Taylor Bushido School of Karate Champion's Boxing and Kickboxing Gym on Thursday, December 16, 2021.

What demographic group are you targeting?

The age range of our students is currently three years to 87! Our average young student is probably around 12 years old and wants to have fun kicking and punching while Mom wants him/her to learn how to follow directions and focus. Our adults often want to get in the best shape of their lives but are bored with the monotony and atmosphere of the gym scene.

What distinguishes you from your competitors?

The Bushido School of Karate is the oldest and largest martial arts institution in Middle Tennessee. We’re not the best because we’re the greatest… we’re the greatest because we’re the best!

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