Martial Arts


The Martial Arts practice, Isshinryu Karate, is dedicated to focus on a variety of skills and areas of personal growth. These areas of growth include self-defense, self-confidence, personal discipline, respect for others and physical conditioning.

This form of karate was designed to improve both the physical and mental development of its participants. Focusing on stability, this martial arts style is performed in quick motions and natural stances and techniques.

The East Shore YMCA is one of the oldest, continuous karate dojo in the commonwealth. Students study Kata (forms), Kumite (sparring), and various self-protection techniques. Kicking and punching techniques are utilized to teach self-protection to youth participants.  Isshinryu Karate is available at our East Shore and West Shore YMCA Branches. Click below to learn more!

East Shore YMCA

Safety gear required for sparring. Must be 18 years or older to participate.


  • Facility Members: FREE
  • Program Members: $25/month
  • West Shore YMCA

    Instructed by fifth – degree black belt, Thom Palmer, this program is open to youth ages 6 & up!


  • Facility Members: $42/month
  • Program Members: $52/month
  • JUDO

    The Martial Arts Sport, Judo, provides dynamic combat to help in the mental and physical development. This sport originated in Japan and is practiced around the world. Rather than kicking and punching techniques, Judo will train your child to use coordination, balance, leverage, and strategy in this unarmed combat sport. Techniques include throws, falls, mat work and judo matches.

    The program will aid in the physical development of your child as exercises will help strengthen core muscles. In addition, this program will impact student’s character development as they will learn the art of respect for others and self-discipline.  Most importantly, Judo will aid youth in their understanding of self-defense techniques in a safe and secure environment.

    Judo is available at the Camp Curtin, West Shore and East Shore YMCA branches. Click below to learn more!

    East Shore YMCA

    Open to all youth (8 & older) and adults. After completion of basic judo, participants will be eligible for competition with the judo team which competes nationally. Led by Laura Schemick and Scott Miller. The Harrisburg Judo Kai Club is the #1 YMCA affiliated club in the nation.


  • Facility Members: FREE
  • Program Members: $12/Punch Card (4 classes)

  • West Shore YMCA

    This weekly class, for ages 5-older, will focus on throwing and grappling techniques as a measure of self-defense!

    Instructor: 2nd degree Shodan Black Belt, Howard Alexander III. Class held in the Gymnasium.

    Dates: Friday’s only, January 5 – April 27

    Beginners 6-7 PM (Multi-Purpose Room or Gym)
    Ages: 5-9 (Max 16 participants)

    Beginners – Advanced 6-8 PM(Gymnasium)
    Ages: 10-older (Max 30 participants)


    • Facility Members: $30/session
    • Program Members: $70/session
    2017-2018 Session Dates Registration Facility Member Registration for Program Member
    January 5 - April 27, 2018December 4December 11


    Tai Chi, sometimes called tai chi chuan, is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. To do tai chi, you perform a series of postures or movements in a slow, graceful manner. Each posture flows into the next without pausing, which helps aid students in strengthening their concentration both physically and mentally.

    Tai Chi is also a great way to practice balance and coordination. Though the Martial Arts program can be beneficial for adults, it can be a great way for children to have fun and develop their minds and bodies, too!

    Tai Chi is available at our East Shore YMCA branch. For program dates and information, please contact the East Shore YMCA at 717-232-9622.

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