(717) 540-5345
2233 Paxton Church Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110

About Jose Johnson's Chinese Martial Arts & Wellness Center in Harrisburg, PA

Meet Jose Johnson

Owner and Chief Instructor at
Jose Johnson's Chinese Martial Arts & Wellness Center in Harrisburg
8th Degree Black Belt

At Jose Johnson’s Chinese Martial Arts & Wellness Center, our mission is to provide a life-changing experience to everyone who joins our family. With the proper amount of time, hard work and guidance, everyone has the ability to change – to improve their life, their community, the world.

Martial arts not only develops physical and mental skills, but also fosters optimum health and fitness, self-discipline, FOCUS, inner calm, POSITIVE VALUES and a balanced life.

We Care… about you, your family, your goals and dreams. You are the reason we are here. Building strong minds and strong bodies to help others is why we are passionate about teaching you and your family martial arts – one epic kick and punch at a time.

We Know… how to help you create the change you want and need. Why? Because we have done it ourselves. Martial arts training has created tremendous changes in our body, mind and entire life. And we have been serving the greater Harrisburg community since 1995, improving lives and having FUN!

Tai Chi, Kung Fu and Qigong are great ways to connect with your body, mind and spirit, as you strive to reach your full potential. Both kids and adults experience:

  • Remarkable Focus and Self-Confidence
  • Improved Self-Discipline and Goal Setting Skills
  • Amazing Core Strength, Balance and Flexibility
  • Tremendous Gains in Health, Fitness and Well-being
  • Inner Strength, Endurance and Empowerment

Beginners & All Skill Levels Welcome! Our excellent instructors take a well-planned approach to teaching beginners that focuses on the basics of martial arts, fitness, self-defense and most importantly, FUN. After all…

Martial Arts + Fitness Fun = A Winning Combination!  

Check out the super-low, RISK-FREE web special going on right now. Classes fill up fast because it’s such a great deal so reserve your spot today and watch your life change in amazing, empowering ways!

We Teach! We have an amazing curriculum that is designed to provide a LIFETIME of opportunity.

Our Heroes program helps kids 3-7 develop control of their bodies and minds.

The high-flying Youth Kung Fu uses the same training curriculum developed by the Chinese sports universities to train top athletes and action movie stars.

Adult Kung Fu stresses a balance of physical fitness, practical self-defense and ancient philosophy.

Tai Chi is perfect for older adults who want to study a martial art that can relieve their stress and improve their physical, mental and spiritual balance in a low impact setting.

And our Qigong program is designed for those with a serious desire to improve the quality of their vital energy (Qi) for health and healing.

So from the ages of 3 to 93, there is a class that’s perfect for your needs.

We Grow! Our staff is continually growing and improving. We do our best to make sure we can provide you the highest quality instruction Harrisburg has to offer by taking our own development seriously.

And not just our martial arts training. Our staff does their best to stay on top of the latest methods in sports training, learning strategies and personal development. So as you grow, we grow right along with you! 

We would love to be part of your journey to martial arts and life success by providing you with WORLD CLASS resources, a SUPPORTIVE community and a NURTURING environment to help you reach your goals.

Owner/Chief Instructor

José Johnson began his training in karate and judo as a child in 1969. In 1988, he began training in shuai-jiao and taijiquan. In 1992, he began studying with his mentor Master Nick Gracenin.

José began teaching tai chi (taiji) in the Harrisburg area in 1995. Since that time, he has taught kung fu, wushu, tai chi, qigong, and various other martial arts classes in various locations in Harrisburg, Hershey, Carlisle, and various West Shore locations. He opened his Chinese Martial Arts and Wellness Center in Susquehanna Township in 2004.  

José is a fifth generation disciple of Fu style wudang boxing. He has trained with many of the world's top masters in numerous styles and currently holds the rank of 8th Degree black belt through the International Wushu Sanshou Dao Association. José is also a certified qigong (energy work) instructor through the Qigong Empowerment Association. 

In 1993, José was a member of the USA Taiji team. In 1995, he was the USA All-Taijiquan forms grand champion and the USA Wushu Kung Fu Federation internal forms grand champion. He has coached three U.S. national all-around forms champions. He has conducted judges training and certification for the International Chinese Martial Arts Circuit, U.S. Wushu Union and U.S.A. All-Taijiquan Championships. José is also the East Coast coordinator for the International Wushu Sanshou Dao Association.

In 2008, José was included in the book "Top 100 Extraordinary Martial Artists of the World" and has been called "one of the best of the new generation of masters."

In 2015, Master Johnson was invited by his mentor Grandmaster Liang Shouyu to be part of a 100 episode mini-series for Chinese television titled "The New Legend of Martial Heroes." José was one of only 3 non-Chinese practitioners to be featured.

José is a firm believer in the saying “how you do anything is how you do everything” and bases his teaching approach around this concept. He stresses to all of his students the importance of learning how to learn, that mastery is a mindset, and that with the right amount of effort, passion, determination and guidance we can all succeed beyond our wildest dreams.

How to Get Started

Come join our Harrisburg, PA Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, Tai Chi/ Qigong, Summer Camp, and Birthday Parties. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (717) 540-5345 if you have any further questions. Jose Johnson's Chinese Martial Arts & Wellness Center hopes to speak with you soon!

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