In martial arts classes, learn physical and mental discipline, develop concentration, and practice the YMCA's core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

Martial arts contributes to increased physical strength, flexibility, balance, control, discipline, and spirituality. Students train with others at their own skill level progressing from basic stances, punches, blocks, and kicks to the study of more advanced patterns of movement and defense objectives.

Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do is a Korean Martial Art that uses bare feet and hands. All Tae Kwon Do students learn punches, blocks and self-defense techniques, but kicks are the Tae Kwon Do trademark. Each class is a fun and exciting way to build confidence, strength and discipline through the teachings of this ancient practice.

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YMCA Karate emphasizes personal development in a graded series of increasing skill and complexity. It helps build strength, stamina, and physical well-being through the development of technical skills and mental discipline. This program may focus on the disciplines of Seido, Shindo-Jinen-Ryu, Shotokan and Goju Ryu.

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Programs Temporarily Suspended

At this time, the martial arts programs below are temporarily suspended. Learn more about programming updates and new safety protocols by visiting our Welcome Back guide.

Martial Arts – Minis

YMCA Martial Arts combines elements of a multiple of disciplines in its curriculum and emphasizes both philosophy and education. Preschoolers train in the basic fundamentals of martial arts while practicing self-discipline, focus, balance and strength.

Intro to Martial Arts

Intro to Martial Arts combines elements of multiple disciplines in its curriculum and emphasizes both philosophy and education. Students train in the basic fundamentals of martial arts while practicing self-discipline, focus, balance and strength. The class is designed to be an introduction to the various formats in a comfortable and fun learning environment. This program is offered for all ages. 

Tang Soo Do

In this class, students learn the Korean Martial Art of Tang Soo Do. This class centers on self-defense and self-discipline while promoting a healthy lifestyle. Tang Soo Do encourages students to focus on their whole self through endurance and hard work. These classes are a great workout and help increase strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and aerobic capacity.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the staff to participant ratio?
  • Ages 5-13: No more than 12 participants per instructor
  • Ages 14+: No more than 15 participants per instructor
Can family members observe classes?

With the rise of Covid-19 cases in King County, we are actively monitoring the data and making decisions accordingly. We are encouraging our families to have only one parent and/or guardian attend their child’s program.

Does the supervising adult have to remain onsite during class?

No, supervising adults are not required to remain on the property. Please ensure we have your current contact information on file in case we need to contact you during class.

We encourage members to take advantage of this time to enjoy a worry-free workout!

What does my child need to bring? 

Please be sure your child brings a water bottle and leave personal items at home.

Do we need a specific uniform?

A specific uniform is not required; however, we do recommend coming in with athletic attire or a gi. 

Does my child need to be potty trained?

Yes, all participants must be potty trained.

What are your current policies and procedures related to Covid-19?

You and your child(ren)'s safety is our highest priority. We understand Covid-19 safety protocols change frequently and it can cause confusion. As new guidance emerges and the science develops, we continuously seek ways to minimize risk to community. We appreciate our staff and members’ flexibility and willingness to shift as we seek an end to the pandemic.

Our mask and vaccine policy is based on local, state, and federal regulations plus best practices for similar industries across the country.  

Our staff are trained to follow all safety protocols and cleaning procedures, including thoroughly sanitizing touchpoints between groups or programs.