Adults are welcome to attend practice at any time. Before jumping in we suggest you speak to one of the instructors who can answer any questions. Newcomers may attend practice without a Southwest YMCA membership but must join the Y to continue with class. Please visit the Southwest YMCA website for membership information.
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes you can move in, such as sweat pants or yoga pants and a T-shirt. We do not require that you purchase a gi-do (a karate uniform) from us. We observe the custom of removing shoes and socks prior to practice and, for your safety and for the safety of others, we ask that you remove any jewelry such as rings, earrings, and necklaces.
After the COVID-19 pandemic hiatus, adult practices have resumed in alignment with new temporary YMCA schedules: we are currently practicing Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for the beginners class, continuing through to 7:30 pm for the advanced class.
Karate stands on the side of justice. – Gichin Funakoshi
Children from ages 6 to 11 may practice during the children’s practice session once we can resume them, canceled during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will update details and schedule once the situation permits the return of children’s sessions.
The YMCA coordinates entry dates for child Karate students. Children’s practice has a limited enrollment that can fill up quickly. Please contact the front desk at the YMCA for details on entry dates and membership.
Children may wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing, or a gi-do (a karate uniform) for practice.
Karate is a lifelong pursuit. – Gichin Funakoshi