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Discover the art of self-discipline, self-defense, and personal growth with the YMCA's martial arts programs. Our comprehensive offerings encompass youth and adult progressive karate, Aikido, and Dragon Warriorz designed for beginners. Whether you're looking to enhance your physical fitness, develop self-confidence, or explore the intricacies of martial arts, our programs offer a nurturing and inclusive environment for all. Join us for a journey that fosters not only physical strength but also mental resilience and a sense of empowerment within the welcoming community of the YMCA.

Karate Programs in Doylestown, Quakertown and Warminster

Karate programs held in our Doylestown and Quakertown branches are taught by Bucks County Karate school, headed by Sensei Stacy Pursell Jr. As members of the AJKA-I, Bucks County Karate School teaches traditional JKA Shotokan Karate. We offer classes for adults and children ages 5 and up.  Parents and their children ages 7 and up have the opportunity to experience their karate journey together as they take class together. Our Dragon Warriorz classes for ages 5-8 are based on Traditional JKA Shotokan Karate techniques but are presented as developmentally appropriate tasks that will build the child’s self-esteem. Trial karate classes are offered on the first class of each session, pre-registration is requested since limited space is available.

Karate Programs in Hunterdon County

Our Hunterdon County karate program continues its tradition of instruction in the style of American Isshinryu karate under Martial Arts Coordinator Sensei Jack Atwell. Sensei Jack is an Ninth Degree Black Belt in American Isshinryu Karate. He has been teaching American Isshinryu for 41 years and has developed many very successful martial artists.

Adult Karate

Age 8+ | JKA Style Shotokan Karate using the AJKA-I curriculum. Learn the traditional art of self defense, and enjoy the benefits of increased flexibility, balance, strength and character development. Bucks County

Age 15+ | Traditional Martial Arts class taught in a comfortable environment.  Attain mental and physical growth. Learn to defend yourself, relieve stress and have fun. Hunterdon County


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Youth Karate

Age 8+ | JKA Style Shotokan Karate using the AJKA-I curriculum. Learn the traditional art of self-defense, and enjoy the benefits of increased flexibility, balance, strength and character development. Bucks County 

Age 7-14 | Advanced students will continue their journey in Isshinryu Karate with techniques and self-defense strategies. Develop stamina, mental focus and camaraderie with fellow students. Controlled sparring introduced.  Intermediate level=Yellow, Orange, & Green Belts, Advanced = Black/Brown Belt.   Hunterdon County.


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Dragon Warriorz (Bucks) & Youth Beginners (Hunterdon)

Age 5-8 | Basic Shotokan Karate techniques mixed with interactive games and exercises to develop self-esteem and confidence. Learn respect, humility, focus and discipline. Bucks County

Age 7-14 | Get your body and mind active! Beginner students will learn the basic blocks, kicks, forms, strikes and self-defense in the Isshinryu style of Karate. Students will develop self-confidence, self-control and respect for themselves and others. Hunterdon County



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Dragon Cadets (Bucks) and Beginner Kids Karate (Hunterdon)

Age 5-7 | The Dragon Cadets program is designed for children aged 5-7 who are not yet eligible for our youth karate program. The curriculum is strategically designed to instill skills related to understanding Karate testing, requirements, and belt progression, setting the foundation for their transition to the Youth Program. Bucks County

Age 5-6 | Elements of balance, coordination and agility will be taught.  Basic Karate techniques will be introduced.  Hunterdon County


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Teenage Self-Defense

Teenage self-defense boosts physical and mental fitness while teaching ways to protect to yourself and build unshakeable self-confidence


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Age 9+ | Japanese art of unarmed self-defense uses attacker's force against them. Encourages discipline and a nonviolent attitude. Under 10 must be with a participating adult.


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