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Springfield Karate and Self Defense at the Downtown YMCA Location

Martial Arts School in Springfield
Opening at 5:00 PM tomorrow
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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.

NO Class
Wednesday October 20 & Thursday October 21.

Instructors and advanced students will be attending an out of state training seminar so we can continue to bring you improved & quality martial arts training.

The Y sessions are on break for cleaning & maintenance until Fall Session 1 begins. Take this time get your kids acclimated back to school life and come back ready to train Aug. 31.

Advanced Students we will be havi...

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Promotional Grading June 24 2021

Jun 24, 2021 – Jun 24, 2021


As a reminder tonight June 22 is the last class to turn in grading +Ogrkk paperwork & to ask questions before grading Thursday.

Be ready, dressed in your Gi, & use the restroom before 530pm when grading begins.

We will not wait for you.
If you are not ready or late to gr...

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We are excited to be working with Elitesports and Born Tough. Over the years we have been approached by countless companies trying to sell their products or offer wholesale accounts. We always tell the company we will not endorse or purchase from any company that we are not certain of the quali...

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4 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
4 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
4 years ago
I love this Dojo. Traditional Okinawan GoJu Karate and real world self defense.
- S 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

Tue:5:30 – 8:00 PM
Wed:5:00 – 6:00 PM
Thu:5:30 – 8:00 PM
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