(717) 457-0023
4910 Fairfield Road, Unit F, Fairfield, PA 17320

About NEXTStep Martial Arts
in Fairfield, PA

Meet Jay So

Owner and Chief Instructor at
NEXTStep Martial Arts in Fairfield
4th Dan

NEXTStep Martial Arts in Fairfield and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is much more than just a martial arts school; it’s a family oriented community dedicated to helping you take the next step in your life.

NEXTStep Martial Arts features revolutionary programs for people of all ages that are focused on character development and life-skills education.

A Variety of Classes for You and Your Whole Family. TaeKwonDo, NextStep Fit, Kickboxing and Insanity Live – we have it all. While your child is learning tae kwon do, mom can get in fantastic shape doing kickboxing and dad can blow off some steam and unwind in our adult martial arts class… all at the same time!     

Beginners Welcome! If you’re new to martial arts and maybe a bit nervous about it or wondering whether you’ll fit in or be able to do it, don’t worry one bit. We’re here to tell you, you can… and chances are, you’ll LOVE what it does for your body, mind and spirit! 

  • Get an incredible workout and all those happy feelings that come with it
  • Tremendous focus, discipline and determination
  • Soaring confidence and a “can do” attitude
  • A ton of flexibility and coordination skills
  • Greater respect for self, others and all of life

Our classes for kids and teens will not only keep them interested and having a BLAST, but also:

  • Teach them effective self-defense skills and develop inner qualities that will make them winners - in school, at home… everywhere.
  • Show them how to walk confidently, be bully-proof and stand up for themselves and be confident in any situation – good or bad.
  • Make new friends, have fun, and socialize in positive ways

Find out how you can get and stay fit for life, develop life skills for life success and more value for your money with NEXTStep Martial Arts.

Check out the fantastic web special going on right now and say hello to BIG SAVINGS! Register today because classes fill up fast. This special won’t last long and it’s 100% RISK-FREE!

Our enthusiastic and caring instructors and staff members believe in traditional martial arts values such as respect, perseverance, discipline and commitment.  We balance our teachings with innovative and progressive methods to help you succeed in life.

NEXTStep Martial Arts offers an environment that is fun, safe and challenging. We humbly believe it’s the only place you’ll want to come to and the last place you’ll want to leave.

Read below to get a feel for the outstanding leadership here. We can’t wait to EMPOWER your entire family, cheer you on along the way and smile with you whenever you accomplish something big or small. See you soon!

Head Instructor

Master Jay So is a professional martial arts instructor and the owner of NEXTStep Martial Arts, LLC. He is currently a fourth degree black belt certified by the World Taekwondo Federation.

Master Jay was born on August 17, 1983, in Seoul, Republic of Korea. His Taekwondo training began at the age of seven in Korea. He continued his martial arts training and development under his renowned grandfather, Grandmaster Chong C. So.

Grandmaster So (1938-2005), a 7th degree black belt certified by the World Taekwondo Federation, immigrated to the United States in 1976, where he continued his passion, exceptional Taekwondo training and instruction.

Grandmaster So was acclaimed for being one of the first pioneers to introduce traditional Korean Martial Arts in the United States. While he expertly implemented the traditional approach, he incorporated modern trends. The unique curricula developed by Grandmaster So were a perfect blend and interaction of traditional and modern martial arts instruction. His instruction was tough, strict, and sometimes demanding. Consequently, only his most elite students achieved 4th degree black belt status or beyond. His standards were high and unsurpassed.

The authentic instruction under the Grandmaster was further characterized by his wise words. His giftedness and fervor positively touched the lives of many people including his grandson, Jay. Grandmaster So passed away in September, 2005. Master Jay continued his legacy by running Grandmaster's studio very successfully in Hanover, Pennsylvania for seven years.

While Master Jay trained intensely under the Grandmaster, he competed in martial arts competitions from the age of 14. Since then, he has won more than 30 first place competitions in the Forms and Sparring divisions.

Additionally, Master Jay has also won many Grand Champion Titles in tournaments along the East Coast. In 2010, Master Jay So enjoyed the prestigious honor of being inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Keystone State Invitational Tournament.

Under Grandmaster So’s meritorious influence, Master Jay developed a philosophy encompassing both the mental and physical benefits of Martial Arts. This clear and precise understanding led him to pursue a career as a Martial Arts instructor.

In 2011, Master Jay opened his own studio in Fairfield, Pennsylvania to continue sharing his knowledge, skill, and wisdom he inherited from his grandfather.

Master Jay So is a professional, highly skilled martial arts teacher. Currently, he instructs the Taneytown Police Department on Self-defense Tactics.

Master Jay is also a community minded businessman who has given many public speeches on pertinent topics including: Bully Busters, school safety seminars, and women's self-defense tactics.

How to Get Started

Come join our Fairfield, PA Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Adult Martial Arts, Kids Martial Arts, Birthday Parties, and Summer Camp. 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) 457-0023 if you have any further questions. NEXTStep Martial Arts hopes to speak with you soon!

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