Super Organized Tournament

May 25th, 2019


We would like to cordially invite you to our 16th Annual Carolina Martial Arts Open!!
We are bringing SURVIVOR in Jekyll Island, GA and the CAROLINA MARTIAL ARTS OPEN in Columbia, SC back to the NBL!!!

Staying true to my character, this year’s event promises to build on the reputation we established in 2004 as a well run, super-organized event worthy of your attendance! We have put many hours into producing what will be an exceptional event for everyone from the 4 year old Beginner to the Master Blackbelt!

This year we are hosting the Carolina Martial Arts Open at the spacious Goodman Building at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds. The Goodman Building is a brand new and spacious 40,000 square foot building that will allow us to grow into the future! All rings will be covered by matted surfaces.

This year along with our beautiful and professional plaques we are offering prize money to all Grand Champions; both Blackbelt and Underbelt!! All competitors will receive awards for competitive spirit regardless of placement!

We hope that you will choose to compete at this year’s Carolina Martial Arts Open and earn valuable points towards the NBL / SKI Super Grands World Games in December 2019!

– Sensei Brian Pena

Billee Purvis

LifeForce Fighter Group

The CMAO is consistently one of the best coordinated tournaments I attend. It's obvious that Brian Pena spends the time to meticulously train staff. He also does what it takes to hang onto valuable, experienced staff members from year to year. All this makes for a well organized, smooth running tournament experience.

Grandmaster Dr. Germon "Mama G" Miller, Ph.D.

Akeru African Martial Arts

As a 30 year veteran martial scientist, international competitor and founder of my own system - it is with great honor that I salute Master Brian Pena for his journey to bring excellence and equality to the martial arts circuit and communities of South Carolina. From his inaugural tournament that I personally attended to his subsequent events that I brought my students to compete in - I always found the experience to be of the highest quality from the awards to the judging and especially the overall family atmosphere, fairness and humanity for all cultures and systems represented.

Rick Lee

Former Promoter: Great Southeast Nationals Spartanburg, SC

The Carolina Open is by far the most organized and efficiently run event. It’s a great feeling to know that you can send even your newest students to a tournament and expect them to have a positive experience.

Cass Sigmon

Team Full Circle

For the past few years the Carolina Martial Arts Open has been my favorite event in the Southeast!

Lindy Woods

Chun Kuk Do

The CMAO was the first rated tournament that my students and I attended. I was nervous that we wouldn’t be able to find our way around or know what to do, but the CMAO staff was very helpful and friendly. The competition was great and it motivated my students to go back to the karate school and sharpen their skills for the next big competition!

Devin Waldrop

Columbia, SC

If the rest of the karate world ran their tournaments the way that Brian Pena and The Karate Dojo does, you would see Sport Martial Arts on network TV five nights a week. The Carolina Martial Arts Open is one of the premier karate tournaments in the nation, let alone the Southeast.