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Isshinryu Karate

The Martial Arts practice, Isshinryu Karate, is dedicated to focus on many 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 select 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

    **We are planning to return Isshinryu Karate in July, 2022.**

    More details to come.


  • Facility Members: $44/month
  • Program Members: $54/month
  • Judo

    The Martial Arts Sport, Judo, provides active combat to help in mental and physical progress. This sport originates from Japan and people practice it around the world. Rather than kicking and punching techniques, Judo will train your child to use coordination, balance, clout, and strategy in this unarmed combat sport. Techniques include throws, falls, mat work, and judo matches.

    The program will aid in the physical progress of your child as exercises will help strengthen core muscles. In addition, this program will impact student character growth 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 select branches. Click below to learn more!

    Camp Curtin YMCA

    This co-ed Martial Arts program will train your child to use coordination, balance, leverage, and strategy in this unarmed combat sport as well as the art of respect for others and self-discipline.

    Current Session: January 8–May 21, 2022
    Age Groups: Ages 6-12+
    Days & Times: Saturday from 10:00-11:30 AM

    An Area-Wide membership is required; program fees may apply. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

    Friendship YMCA

    Open to all youth (6 & older) and adults. After completion of basic judo, participants will be eligible for competition with the judo team which competes nationally. The Harrisburg Judo Kai Club is the #1 YMCA-affiliated club in the nation; all instructors are USIA certified coaches.


    • Youth ages 6-12: Every Saturday from 9:30-10:30 AM
    • Teens/Adults: Every Saturday from 10:30-11:30 AM


    • Facility Members: FREE
    • Program Members: $10.00/class

    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 Multi-Purpose Room.

    Wednesdays: May 25-August 24

    Ages 5-11, 6:45-7:30PM: $45 for YMCA Members; $65 for Non YMCA Members
    Ages 12-18, 7:30-8:15PM: $45 for YMCA Members; $65 for Non YMCA Members

    2022 Session Dates Registration Facility Member Registration for Program Member
    May 25-August 24April 25May 2

    Tai Chi

    Tai Chi, sometimes called tai chi chuan, is a non-competitive, self-paced system of gentle 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 gaining their focus 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 select branches.

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