Acadiana Karate Mission Statement

For over 40 years, Acadiana Karate has had a rich tradition of Black Belt Excellence. In May of 1978, Master Instructor and 5th Degree Black Belt, Shihan Pablo Mejia, had a dream of bringing professional Martial Arts education to this community. Shihan Pablo and his instructor were the first to bring Verbal Self Defense to Louisiana, the latest anti-bullying educational tool for children, as well as the first Martial Arts program for pre-school aged students, Little Ninjas. The time tested Acadiana Karate curriculum focuses on practical, age-appropriate self defense skills while respecting the tradition of martial arts. Our life skills program instills the necessary components to help our students do better in school and in life.

Acadiana Karate History

Shihan Pablo Mejia and Acadiana Karate have been recognized by the Southern League of Martial Artists as the top School in Louisiana for more than 5 years in a row. He has instructed thousands of students, including both Nationally and Internationally Ranked Champions. Acadiana Karate is recognized as one of the top 100 schools in the nation by Martial Arts America and Century Martial Arts. Shihan is a member of the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, the Martial Arts Industry Association, Martial Arts Marketing Network, Bushi Ban International, and the Verbal Judo Institute.

Acadiana Karate’s students have raised over $200,000 for the non-profit organization, Miles Perret Cancer Services in its participation in the Kicks for Miles Break-a-thon and Kick-a-thon event at the Games of Acadiana. Acadiana Karate further supports the local community through its involvement in the Lafayette Paris Just Say No Program, teaching children and young adults how to stand up to peer pressure, deal with bullies, and Stranger Danger.

Shihan’s primary focus is to continue to educate the community about the many benefits of the Martial Arts and make it a mainstream choice for all ages.

Shihan believes that Martial Arts education for his students should honor the tradition of martial arts as well as continue to evolve with our society’s ever-changing times.