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Springfield Karate and Self Defense at the Downtown YMCA Location

Martial Arts School in Springfield
Opening at 5:00 PM on Tuesday
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GOOD ...NO GREAT NEWS......classes resume tomorrow July 7, 2020. During this time of social distancing we will focus very much on improving our kihon and conditioning.

Please see the rules below.

1.You must wear a face covering while walking through the building. To/From class, restroom, locker...

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The YMCA instructors Sensei's Tebrugge and Overby attended an excellent Ogrkk Advanced Black Belt Training Gasshuku (seminar) in Colorado. That knowledge will be brought back to our dojo and shared with our students.We strive to maintain one of the best traditional Okinawan karate programs in the...

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Dont forget the Summer Session 2 has ended. The Y is doing floor finishing and fall cleaning. No classes .....Classes will resume the week of 8/27. I will be doing daily focus work. If you want help with something specific please let us know. I am also up for any offsite training, the weather is...

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Register Now for our new fall class, Practical Self Defense!!! This is not a traditional karate course, just self defense training available for ages 15 to 99. Participants will work at their own fitness and ability levels. In this class we will teach practical ...

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The Springfield YMCA Downtown Karate is excited to announce we will be offering a Practical Self Defense course. Starting in the fall YMCA session there will be courses available for those who want to train strictly self defense (ages 15-99). STAY TUNED and watch the Y schedule for more details.

Our dojo is like a family, everyone's input is important. Since we are at the YMCA classes are offered at affordable rates. You will learn by professionals who are motivated by nothing more than to pass on the tradition of karate.


2 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
2 years ago
I love this Dojo. Traditional Okinawan GoJu Karate and real world self defense.
- S O
2 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

Best Kept Secret

The Springfield Downtown YMCA Karate Program is one of the oldest programs and best kept secrets in Springfield. Students in this class learn traditional 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 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 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings!

Traditional Karate Classes are
Tuesdays from 6p-7p
Thursday 5p-7p

Practical Self Defense Courses are

Tuesdays from 5p-6p
Thursdays 7p-8p

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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701 South Fourth Street
Springfield, IL 62703
United States

Business Hours

Tue:5:00 – 7:00 PM
Thu:5:00 – 8:00 PM
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