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Martial Arts

The Gateway Region YMCA is proud to offer high quality martial arts programming to our program participants. Our focus is to allow children and adults to develop their spirit, mind, and body through our martial arts in an encouraging, non-intimidating, and family friendly environment. Our instructors are among the best in their respective martial art and will ensure that participants learn the value of hard work, discipline, honor, integrity, and respect for themselves and others.

We offer martial arts as young as age 5, through adults. Classes and ages vary per location. YMCA members receive the lowest rates for martial arts classes. Visit your branch page and look at the top left to view a schedule of free classes.  Please don’t hesitate to contact your branch for specific questions about our classes.  


Promotes both physical and mental discipline and agility. Each class will consist of stretching and fencing excercises, footwork, blade work and practice bouting.


A modern Martial art, combat and Olympic sport. Its most predominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent.


Karate is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbows strikes and open hand techniques.

Self Defense

This class will teach you how to protect yourself from predators and what to do in the event of an attack. It is perfect for women who are leaving for school in the fall, and for women who often walk or jog alone. Wear comfortable cloths, class is conducted barefoot. Its hands-on class, everybody participates.

Tae Kwon Do

A martial art that combines combat and self-defense techniques with sport and exercise.

Yuon Wha Ryu

Combines the traditional Tae Kwon Do, incorporating elements of Hapkido, Karate, Kung Fu and Judo.