Self Defense Classes American Kenpo and Shaolin Kung Fu Traverse City Michigan


New Classes: American Kenpo!

and Shaolin Kung Fu! 


Traverse City Michigan:     

Call now to set up your appointment  231-313-6900

Monday          6am – noon  and 4pm – 6pm private lessons

                           6 pm – 7 pm Kids Group

                           7 pm – 8 pm Adult Group

                           8 pm – 9vpm Private lessons

Tuesday         6 am – noon Private lessons

Wednesday   6 am – noon Private Lessons

                           5 pm – 6 pm Private Lessons

                           6 pm – 7 pm Kids Kenpo

                          7 pm – 8 pm Adult Kenpo

                            8 pm – 9 pm Advanced Kenpo

Thursday:         6 pm – noon Private Lessons

                            5:30 pm – 7 Pm KUNG FU

Saturday:          6 am – 8 am Private Lessons

                              8 AM-        NINJA


Kalkaska Michigan:

           TUESDAY            4:30 pm – 5:15 pm Kids Beginner Classes

                                           5:30 pm – 6:15 pm Kids Advanced Classes

                                           6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Advanced Kids and Adults Kenpo/ Kung Fu

MAPLE CITY Michigan:

                Wednesday :       4:00 pm -4:45 pm Beginner Kung Fu

                                                5 pm – 5:45 pm Advanced Kenpo / Kung Fu

Call now to set up your appointment  231-313-6900

At Jim Adkins “White Tiger” Kenpo Karate and Shaolin Kung Fu studios, Self Defense Institute, You are an individual and will be taught as one. Our self-defense is # 1 worldwide. sought after by leaders in the military, law enforcement, and special security services, as well as parents and others who are looking to better their life or just take them or their child to that next level of excellence.

Traverse City’s Finest Martial Arts Dojo for Self Defense and Kung Fu.paul1

We provide a safe and effective way to bring out the best in Everyone through our Self Defense Programs with over 41 years of Mastery and experience.

Here at White Tiger, we believe in an old school, personal teaching setting. That gives students more constructive feedback and a personal connection to the arts. Whether you’re looking for a great activity for children, or you want to learn ways to defend yourself and your family we can help! Self Defense you can count on. Martial Arts Morals and Ethics you can depend on. A lifetime of self-discovery, confidence, and growth you can live up to.Me Malicoat1 (2)

We have locations Around the USA. Traverse City Self Defense Institute and Shaolin Kung Fu Cultural Center is also our headquarter school on Cedar run rd. Maple City Self Defense and Kung Fu school. Cadillac MI. White Tiger Self Defense Outlet School, Kalkaska Mi. White Tiger Self Defense Institute and Kung Fu Tai Chi Academy. Prescott Arizona Tiger and Crane Self Defense Institute.  Phoenix Jim Adkins Kenpo Self Defense Institute. New Mexico Paul Adkins Self Defense Institue, Jim Adkins Kenpo Karate/Kung Fu.

Call now to set up your appointment  231-313-6900

Jim Adkins Teaches his Highly effective Self Defense Methods around the world to members of the special forces, Law Enforcement on all levels, Bodyguards, Professional fighters, and private citizens of almost all ages.

Jim Adkins Kenpo Kung Fu Self Defense Institute promotes a highly effective Self Empowering and Life changing method of teaching. Using methods from the top Life Coaching Specialist and Research development scientist, to help those who seek out to change, better, grow, or simply realize the greatness they have within. With proven methods in helping with ADD, ADHD,  and other temporarily limiting behaviors.

Reach out to us today, This is the time and the place you have been looking for.

It won’t be easy, But What is worth having is always worth working for.

“When the student is ready the teacher will appear” 20150828_145419


Our in Dojo Classes include:

Be sure to check out our current class schedule to see what events we have coming up next. You can sign up online for our in-dojo classes just like you were here in person.

Call now to set up your appointment  231-313-6900

If you would like to learn more about White Tiger Martial Arts, and the training that is provided, please choose a link from below. There you will find more information about the art form and what we offer.
You can also call is at 231-313-6900 to learn more about our classes.


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. -OSS

~ Shane F

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!

~ Nanci B

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.

~ Daniel

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.

~ Brian R

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"

~ Craig V

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.

~ Kelly V

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.

~ Makala

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.

~ Aeralus

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!!!

~ James T

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.

~ Laurn M

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.

~ Austin F