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Jose Johnson's Chinese Martial Arts & Wellness Center

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

About Harrisburg, PA

Harrisburg, PA. Harrisburg is the capital city of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and the county seat of Dauphin County. With a population of 49,192, it is the 15th largest city in the Commonwealth. It lies on the east bank of the Susquehanna River, 107 miles west of Philadelphia. Harrisburg is the anchor of the Susquehanna Valley metropolitan area, which had a 2017 estimated population of 571,903, being the third most populous in Pennsylvania and 96th most populous in the United States. Harrisburg played a notable role in American history during the Westward Migration, the American Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. During part of the 19th century, the building of the Pennsylvania Canal and later the Pennsylvania Railroad allowed Harrisburg to become one of the most industrialized cities in the Northeastern United States. The U.S. Navy ship USS Harrisburg, which served from 1918 to 1919 at the end of World War I, was named in honor of the city. In the mid-to-late 20th century, the city's economic fortunes fluctuated with its major industries consisting of government, heavy manufacturing, agriculture, and food services east). The Pennsylvania Farm Show, the largest free indoor agriculture exposition in the United States, was first held in Harrisburg in 1917 and has been held there every early-to-mid January since then. Harrisburg also hosts an annual outdoor sports show, the largest of its kind in North America, an auto show, which features a large static display of new as well as classic cars and is renowned nationwide, and Motorama, a two-day event consisting of a car show, motocross racing, remote control car racing, and more. Harrisburg is also known for the Three Mile Island accident, which occurred on March 28, 1979, near Middletown. In 2010 Forbes rated Harrisburg as the second best place in the U.S. to raise a family. Despite the city's recent financial troubles, in 2010 The Daily Beast website ranked 20 metropolitan areas across the country as being recession-proof, and the Harrisburg region landed at No. 7. The financial stability of the region is in part due to the high concentration of state and federal government agencies.

Harrisburg, PA, with surrounding areas in Hershey, Camp Hill, or Mechanicsburg, is home to Jose Johnson's Chinese Martial Arts & Wellness Center, a Martial Arts facility focusing on programs in Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, Tai Chi/ Qigong, Summer Camp, and Birthday Parties.

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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:

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.

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