“What we saw was a need for like a more family-oriented specific martial arts that wasn’t just teaching kids to kick and punch and earn belts,” Justin said. “We wanted to have a holistic approach to it.”
Justin, along with his wife, Amber Joy, opened Harvest Martial Arts in Franklin’s Independence Square in 2016—in a 1,000-square-foot space that Justin said they quickly outgrew.
After temporarily switching to virtual and outdoor classes in 2020, the studio opened in a larger, 2,500-square-foot location under a new name earlier this year. Amber Joy said the new name, The Harvest Concept, better captured the school’s range of classes while also symbolizing the idea of reaping the benefits of discipline and commitment to fitness.
“When we first got together, we had this little urban farm and we saw when you take care of something and yourself and other people, like, you just see magical things happen,” Amber Joy said. “[When you] plant good seeds, give water and sunshine and love, you see all the great things that can come of it and I think that’s really what we’ve built here—a space where we can really share that harvest with the community and all these people, and just have a blast.”
The school offers a variety of classes, including Baptiste power yoga, archery, kickboxing, personal training and Han Mu Do, or traditional Korean self-defense martial arts. According to The Harvest Concept, it is the only Han Mu Do school •in Tennessee. ••The new studio space features two practice floors, indoor and outdoor archery spaces and a recently-added retail shop where students can purchase T-shirts and gear.
Justin said in addition to working with students from pre-K age to adults, The Harvest Concept also works with Franklin Special School District to provide after-school lessons.
Justin said over the years, one of the most rewarding parts about owning the school is seeing students’ progress in their training.
“I have kids that I’ve known since they were three years old and now they’re black belts on their teams, so it’s a lot of fun,” Justin said.
The Harvest Concept
313 Independence Square, Franklin
Hours: hours vary by class