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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I cannot afford the full cost of the program. Is financial assistance available?

Yes! The Y is committed to ensuring all families have access to quality and enriching youth programs. If the fee for this program presents a challenge for your family, financial assistance is available.

For Y members, your program assistance is already attached to your Y account and available upon registration. For community members, please drop by your local Y or call us at (206) 382-5022 to learn more.

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?

Family members can observe classes when there is space available to do so. We encourage families to have only one parent and/or guardian attend their child’s program to allow room for others.

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.