Find the strongest version of you.

For hundreds of years, martial arts provided hope for warriors and commoners alike. Today, it’s easy to view the ideals of martial arts as old-fashioned and outdated– something that doesn’t even fit culturally into the Western world.

But ours do.

Self-reliance. Self-discipline. Self-control. Family and community. Integrity. Honor.

Those aren’t some far-off ideals from another land and time. They’re the building blocks of a great experiment that forged itself– through trial, error, and resolute dedication– into a new country birthed by sheer willpower.

At Riverside Martial Arts Academy, we believe those ideals still reside inside each and every person who calls the U.S. home. Come explore them with us.

Our Mission

At Riverside Martial Arts Academy, we help each student reach their full potential.

Not only as martial artists, but as human beings.

Whether seeking traditional martial arts or modern self defense, we’ll ensure each student finds a home in our Riverside family where they can safely explore their strengths and weaknesses.

Through individual guidance, we encourage each student to push themselves beyond their perceived limits and find new possibilities in their physical health and fitness, mental fortitude, and personal power.

Your Instructors

Spencer Bolejack
Integrated Martial Arts

Spencer 2 Dogs Bolejack operates Land of the Sky Wilderness School in Western North Carolina where he lives with his wife and three kids.  
An apprentice of mountain man Eustace Conway in the 1990s, Bolejack holds rank in multiple styles of martial arts including a 5th degree black belt in ninjutsu.  
After a rough start at Appalachian, he gave everything away and moved into the woods for a total of three years, surviving on little and accumulating many of the skills discussed in camp.
Eventually graduating from UNC-A, he has taught public school, won state level awards from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, has been published in Best Practices for Middle School Teachers and has taught internationally.
The 11th generation Carolinian also co-hosted 59 episodes of Discovery’s Hillbilly Blood.  

Spencer likes to use one of his best resources; his teachers and friends! Whenever possible he brings in guests from a variety of backgrounds who are experts in their fields of study. These have included beekeepers, blacksmiths, craftsmen, bushfolk, trackers, and fellow martial artists. 

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Steve Ledford
C.O.R.E. Krav Maga

Steve is a U.S. Army veteran whose martial arts career spans over 25 years. His background includes wrestling, traditional martial arts, and military combatives.

Much of his time has been spent researching and training modern street combative systems. He studied with Phil Messina of Modern Warrior and the concepts of Tony Blauer’s S.P.E.A.R. system. Steve also trained under Relson Gracie in the early 90s, and spent several years training with Moni Aizik of Commando Krav Maga (CKM).

In May 2009, Steve reached a position as the top-ranked Level 5 instructor under Moni. He was a member of the Elite Intructor Team– training and certifying instructors across the country– and held the role of Southeast Regional Director.

He began teaching publicly in 2007, and gradually refined the original curriculum to become C.O.R.E. Krav Maga. Steve continues to train in modern and traditional combat methods, and holds a black belt in Budo Taijutsu/Ninjutsu.

Steve is also a N.E.S.T.A certified Advanced Personal Trainer and Endurance Sports Trainer. He directed Commando Krav Maga’s Elite Combat Fitness program, and completed college coursework in Sports & Health Sciences.

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