I have known Master Adkins for many years. He is a fantastic role model for people of all ages. As for White Tiger Martial Arts, his dojo is one of the best. He has a genuine compassion for his students. He makes classes fun and engaging while making the hard task of learning new skills seem like a game. If you are looking for a fun, energetic, and exciting martial arts learning environment White Tiger Martial Arts is the place to be.

Phil Jewel

Sifu Adkins is compassionate, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. His classes are fun and engaging for folks of all ages and skill levels. His instruction will follow you through your martial arts career and life. White Tiger Martial Arts provides an astounding variety of martial skills to improve strength, agility, self confidence and awareness.

Daniel McCarthy

I am a Taekwondo Master (Certified, Kukkiwon 4th degree BB). Sifu Adkins is a Master Teacher of Teachers in the truest sense of the word. I can rant and rave about this man, but the only original phrase I can muster is this; He can truly hear the Grasshopper at your Feet. Do not deny yourself the privilege of his tutorage.


i was going there for about 2 years a few years ago and every session i was always looking forward to because of all the amazing energy and people at the dojo. and Sifu(jim adkins) and his wife sarah we’re the some of the nicest people i knew and still are.

Nanci Bosick

I have been a student of Master Sifu Adkins for over 20 years. Private lessons are geared towards each individual’s needs and learning style. His classes are enlightening and engaging and I always leave with increased knowledge no matter how many times I have heard the subject matter. White Tiger Martial Arts is the school to join!


I have been at this dojo for several years now, and I have to say that it is the best you are going to find. Master Sifu teaches things which are not taught today in other dojos in reference to being a decent human being. There are many aspects to martial arts, and you get those here in this dojo. It isn’t a cookie cutter Mc Dojo that just cranks out black belts you never hear from again.

Shane Funderburg

As a USMC Veteran, My discipline and education is Very Important to me. Building Confidence and Staying healthy are my top priorities. That being said, In the almost 2 years i have had the HONOR and PRIVILEGE of learning from Master Sifu Jim Adkins and the other instructors and fellow students at White Tiger Martial Arts, I have grown exponentially in many ways that i was unable to grow in any other Martial Arts Style.

I have spent almost 30 years practicing Various Martial Art systems such as American Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Jeet Kune Do, Other Kenpo styles, and Some other temp college courses of Aikido, and Judo/Jujitsu.

WHITE TIGER MARTIAL ARTS is by far the best fit for anyone looking to better themselves in any approach. Mental, Physical, philosophical, survival, preservation, Great health, Self Discipline, Sportsmanship, Unity, Fellowship, Teamwork, and growth.

Master Sifu Jim Adkins in my opinion is the Greatest instructor and a True Master of the Martial Arts. He is the best of the best in my own opinion.

May peace and tranquility be with you all.

jan shifferd

White Tiger is the most all inclusive dojo in our area! Sifu Jim Adkins teaches all ages with respect! My husband and I are in our 60’s…..hard to even admit! Sifu Jim was patient with my two left feet and worked with us and gave us a new peaceful inner self! There is NO other dojo that our family will ever suggest!
Jan & Rick Shifferd

Anna Serrano

My children and I have studied Shaolin style kungfu at White Tiger for two and a half years. We love it! It has been an amazing experience to learn this art with my kids. We have all become more calm, confident, flexible and fit. Master Sifu Jim Adkins is extremely knowledgable and passionate about martial arts. He is an amazing teacher, Traverse City is fortunate to have this dojo!

tara stoffel

Every city has plenty of Tae Kwon Do and boxing classes, but White Tiger Martial Arts is one of the few places where you can learn a variety of more useful and less accessible disciplines from a true Master. Try a lesson with Master Sifu Jim Adkins, and I guarantee you wont be disappointed.

Jill Vyverberg

My son has attended martial arts classes with Sifu Jim Adkins for nearly 8 years. Sifu Adkins is a teacher, motivator, as well as inspirational to his students and their families. He cares about his students and their skills to defend themselves, physically and mentally. Great dojo for all ages!

Austin Floyd

White Tiger is the best experience I’ve ever had, Master Sifu Jim Adkins is the best instructor you’ll find when searching for a school. Going beyond punching hard or kicking fast, he teaches respect and morals and life lessons that have helped me and many other students he’s had and has change for the better. The dojo becomes home and feels very welcoming, I’m glad I get to be a part of It all.

Lauren Marks

I spent 3 years at White Tiger Martial Arts. It was an amazing time. Sifu Jim Adkins is highly qualified and one of the best men I have ever met in my life. He is caring, patient, and incredibly kind. He is a wonderful teacher for ages and skill levels.
The family you gain through White Tiger is a family for life. I would highly recommend this dojo for anyone who wants to really learn the art of self-defense.

James Tury

White tiger martial arts has been the best thing that i have ever been apart of! This school feels like a family. With Master Sifu Jim Adkins instruction I and many others have obtained goals that i didnt even think possible. No matter what your reasons are for seeking out a martial arts school,this is the one to go to!!!


Jim Adkins is one of the best martial artists in the world, as well as a friend like none other I’ve met so far. You can trust him to have your best interests at heart. I’ve been a part of his school for the last nine years, and the amount of personal growth I have experienced in that time leaves me with the greatest gratitude for having found it.

Liz Chittenden Thoma

White tiger is an amazing dojo, if you are looking for inner peace or self defense, this is the place to be. I started my journey 4 years ago feeling old and unfit and I now feel alive and vibrant!

Makala ODonnell

You couldn’t find a better place to study martial arts. The atmosphere is amazing and you find yourself in a family full of great people.

Kelley Vilenski

I took my 7 yr old son to White Tiger for a couple years and it was the best experience we ever could have had. We will never forget the valuable life lessons he learned there, so much more than martial arts! This is the one and only place I would ever recommend for kids or adults to learn how to defend themselves and get fit. It’s also very affordable.

Dakota Bannigan

Out of all my years of (arguably inconsistent) training 5 of them have been spent at White Tiger Martial arts and my experience at this dojo has been far above and beyond that of any other dojo I’ve been to.

Krome Dome

Absolutely great place to learn Martial Arts, SiFu Jim Adkins is an excellent teacher and there is nobody I would like to study under more.

Crystal Rood

Best martial arts studio my boys have ever attended. Jim and Sarah really make you feel like your part of they’re family 🙂

Charles Waldrep

I am proud to be a part of the White Tiger family. Sifu Adkins is a great instructor and mentor to his students..

wolstano paniagua

Very great atmosphere and, an even greater Sifu!

Craig Vohwinkle

Old school training where respect, discipline and self improvement are corner stones of this school along with a self defense system that gives the students the ability to defend themselves in today’s world. Headed up by Grand Master Jim Adkins who has over three and a half decades of teaching experience, Mr. Adkins currently holds the rank of 9th degree black belt in American kenpo, a black belt in ninjutsu and a black sash in shaolin kung fu.
The curriculum is as diverse as his students and Master Adkins is always available to assist his students with whatever difficulties they may face with their training or the day to day problems life throws their way. The lessons taught and learned are not just how to punch and kick but how to become a better more confident person with the ability to achieve any goal you choose to strive for.

“The true goal of martial arts lies not in victory or defeat but in the perfection of one’s character”

Kelli B.

best martial arts school ever

Matt Kirby