Terry Middleton started his first Karate studio in New Albany at Spring and Vincennes Streets. The school moved to a more prominent two-level building at State and Market Streets in 1985.
In 1995 Terry purchased a four-story building at 117 E. Market St. This large building offered tremendous flexibility and expansion, and now it is considered a Martial Arts school. The four levels of the school permit many classes to function at once. There are three large classrooms, boxing gym, ladies weight room, lounge, two offices, and several locker rooms. It allowed Karate, Kickboxing, and Boxing classes to run concurrently.
Many champions have trained at Terry Middleton’s. Students have earned many Kickboxing titles, and amateur and professional Boxing titles. Arther Weathers and James Prichard held world Boxing cruiserweight championship belts. Greg Page and Jimmy Ellis were heavyweight champions of the world. In 2006, Terri Blair won the women’s world welterweight and middleweight championship titles.
The present operation allows classes to be offered to anyone from six years old and up. A student can attend for self-defense and improve health benefits or train for amateur and professional competition. There are many instructors and trainers with many years of experience.
Terry Middleton’s has been in business coming up in a half century and is one of the oldest and largest Martial Arts organizations in America.