About Us

Meet Master Jeff Nitsche

Mr. Jeff Nitsche is the head instructor at Harbor Martial Arts in Gig Harbor, WA and is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Okinawan Kenpo Karate, and certified to teach the Israeli Self-Defense System – Haganah. Jeff Nitsche has also trained in various other styles of Martial Arts, both traditional and practical. He has experience teaching children, adults, and even Law Enforcement in the Gig Harbor area for more than 9 years.

Mr. Zack Ziegler is a 1st degree Black Belt in Okinawan Kenpo and a certified Cross Fit trainer. Zack Ziegler was born and raised in the Gig Harbor area and has more than 10 years of coaching and personal training experience. He has been an instructor at Harbor Martial Arts for the last 6 years.

Our staff here in Gig Harbor, WA has the confidence and belief that anyone can succeed in any of our programs while having a lot of fun doing so. Students will achieve many different skills and techniques and will feel a sense of accomplishment. Harbor Martial Arts is committed to providing the highest quality training available and is proud to say that we will give a positive learning environment in which individuals of all ages can benefit from. No matter what abilities you are made of, we guarantee you that you will be treated with common courtesy and recognition. At Harbor Martial Arts, our students from Gig Harbor learn life-saving skills and develop life empowering attitudes. We strive for our student’s happiness and we do everything in our power to make sure our students are learning, building endurance, and having a great time.

Our philosophy at Harbor Martial Arts is to develop inner strength and outer strength, be positive, avoid anything that may reduce your mental or physical growth, and always use common sense before self-defense. By developing self-discipline, always do your best and help others do the same.

Our academy specializes in Adult Martial Arts, Kids Martial Arts, Fitness Kickboxing, and Haganah. We offer outstanding instruction and training for men, women, and children. Harbor Martial Arts believes in always having a friendly mindset for both newcomers and those returning to the program. Whether you are a serious competitor or just in it for fun, we have something for you. Individuals that become part of our training program will have the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest masters in the field.

Our system is based on the theory that no one martial art has all the answers. It is a blended system, that practices some of the Karate traditions, but is in no way bound by them allowing us to also offer real world, no-nonsense self-defense, which is sometimes lacking in Sport and Traditional based systems. Knowing that every Martial Art form has something to offer, our system teaches techniques from: Okinawan Kempo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Dynamic Combat Method, Hoetikan Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Chu Fen Do, CDT, Muay Thai, Arnis, Eskrima, Haganah, Krav Maga and American Boxing just to name a few. Our system offers something for everyone and provides solutions for any self-defense situation.

People choose to train here at Harbor Martial Arts in Gig Harbor, WA because we provide convenient class schedules, but more importantly, a safe and fun atmosphere. Our training programs are comprehensive and balanced and offer students the ability to learn technique, strength, confidence, and self-defense. At Harbor Martial Arts we believe that all of our programs should be serious but fun at the same time. We want our students to feel comfortable in class and to really get the most out of their time spent here. Our students will train, progress, and achieve here at Harbor Martial Arts.

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”Hard training requires a lot of physical stamina, but it also builds mental and spiritual strength too. “

“We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training.”



How Do I Get Started?

Considering taking one of our amazing training programs here at Harbor Martial Arts Inc. in Gig Harbor, WA? First thing you’ll have to do is pick a program that you are most interested in. Once you have picked a program you can then check out the schedule that is available. You will then have the opportunity to enroll online for one of our awesome web specials that we have to offer. If you have any other questions or concerns that are not covered under our site please don’t hesitate to give us a call at the academy – (253) 857-4621. We look forward to hearing from you and having you join us here at Harbor Martial Arts Inc. in Gig Harbor, WA.