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Springfield Karate and Self Defense at the Downtown YMCA Location

Martial Arts School in Springfield
Opening at 5:30 PM
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Less than 24 hours until our first class of 2023.

We are very excited to train with everyone again. This year our students have more opportunities to train than ever before offering up to 4 classes a week.

Come join us to begin or carry on your martial arts journey & be a part of centuries old...

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Starting January 2023 New
Class hours will be
Mon 530p-800p
Tues 530p-800p
Wed 530p-800p (weapons/advanced)
Thurs 530p-800p

Parents and Students.
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This week we will be grading. Come ready to work!!! Those who are grading please have all OGRKK paperwork and SYK grading paperwork submitted before the start time Tuesday.

On Tuesday July 12, 2022 Grading for everyone (adults and junior students) will begin...

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This weekend Springfield Ymca Goju Ryu Karate hosted our organization's (Okinawan Goju Ryu Kenkyu Kai) Spring Gasshuku (training seminar). The Gasshuku was taught by our Organization's leader Sensei Steve Wilson & several top level instructors. It was the first time ever being help in Springfield...

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For new customers sign up is done at the Downtown YMCA or their website. We offer adult and Junior Karate classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The best part, there are no contracts to sign and you don't have to be a YMCA member to sign up for classes. Get fit, reduce stress, and learn to de...

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Parents & Students Registration for the next session opens. December 6, 2021. The current session ends December 16, 2021 and the YMCA will have a winter break from December 16, 2021 -until classes resume January 4, 2022.

We were so honored to be named the Okinawan Goju Ryu Kenkyu Kai dojo of the year We are also so proud of our students who tested for black belt. Congratulations on your achievements❗❗❗

Parents/Students Don't forget to get signed up for the next session of karate. YMCA registration is open and the next session begins 10/26/2021.


4 weeks ago
We love it here! Our family has never been apart of a sport who treats you like Family as much as this dojo does. Great sensi’s and mentors! Always recommending!
- Katlin B
5 years ago
I started training Go Ju Ryu Karate at the Springfield YMCA approximately 25 years ago and had the great opportunity to train with some of the best people, Sensei Overby and I would spar pretty hard at times which only made us both that much better, I currently hold the rank of Shodan (1st degree Black Belt) which I obtained there after lots of blood, sweat and tears. I highly recommend this to anyone who may be interested in learning self defense, learning a traditional martial art, or just some basic self defense.
- Guy H
5 years ago
We love this dojo. The instructors are knowledgeable and supportive. My son has gained discipline and is proud of his accomplishments. He always looks forward to class.
- Johanna O

Best Kept Secret

The Springfield YMCA Karate Program is one of the oldest programs and best kept secrets in Springfield. Our head Instructors Shane Overby & Dave Tebrugge have over 60 years combined Martial Arts Training. Students in this class learn traditional Okinawan karate and real world practical self defense techniques. This class also focuses on discipline, respect, and motivation.

Classes are offered to adults, children, and families. Since the classes are at the YMCA there is no contract to sign up and you dont have to be a member of the YMCA to sign up. Because of the core value system of the YMCA and its mission, this class is ran more like a family organization and less like a business.

Feel free to message us with any questions or come by and check us out.

Traditional Karate classes for Adults, Teens, & Children are offered at both Springfield IL YMCA locations

Mon-Thursday 5-7pm 
(see hours of operation for specific details & locations)

For more info call or email us:
or check us out/message us on Facebook

We are also a proud member of the Okinawan Goju Ryu KenKyu Kai. 

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  • (217) 544-9846


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601 North 4th Street
Springfield, IL 62702

Business Hours

Mon:5:30 – 8:00 PM
Tue:5:30 – 8:00 PM
Wed:5:30 – 8:00 PM
Thu:5:30 – 8:00 PM
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