Goju Shorin is a type of Karate. This program is year round, and was founded in North Carolina. It is designed to teach participants self-defense through confidence building. It is also designed to teach discipline, instill confidence and increase body strength with a focus on core muscles and balance. Not only will participants gain better discipline and focus, they will also support a healthy, active lifestyle.

Instructor Information
Joe Dixon has an extensive background in Martial Arts. He holds a 3rd degree black belt in Karate, extensive training in Tae Kwan Do, Judo and Isshin Ryu. Drawing on his background, Sensei Joe Dixon teaches techniques and maneuvers designed to enhance discipline and self-confidence.

Uniform and belt progressions- 5 Belt System

  • Uniform & White Belt- Earned when participant can demonstrate the Four Basic Principles
  • Yellow Belt– Green Tips
  • Green Belt– Brown Tips
  • Brown Belt– Black Tips
  • Black Belt– Degrees

Belt Testing
Testing dates are determined on the class and each individual participant’s progressions within the class. There is no testing fee for this program. Required belt testing skills available upon request.

Age Groups and Class Times

Ages 5-12

  • Mondays 5-6pm
  • Thursdays 5-6pm

Ages 13 & up

  • Mondays 6:15-7:15pm
  • Thursdays 6:15-7:15pm

Monthly Fees

  • $45/YMCA Members
  • $55/Non-Members

Daily Fees

  • $7/YMCA Members
  • $9/Non-Members

Refund Policy: If the class is cancelled by the YMCA, a 100% refund will be processed. In the case of cancellation by the participant, 15% of the program fee will be non-refundable.

Karate Class Guidelines

  • To ensure the appropriate number of instructors, registration is due by the 25th of the month prior to the session.
  • Enter & Exit through Front Lobby. Plan to arrive and pick up your child on time.
  • ONLY participants and coaches are allowed on Karate Mats.
  • All observers must remain in observation area.
  • No food, drink, or gum allowed in class.
  • Proper Karate attire: Comfortable shorts/pants & tee shirt or Karate Uniform.
  • Socks or bare feet only...No shoes. Long Hair should be tied back.
  • Sparring Gear Recommended: Headgear, mouthpiece, shin guards and gloves.
  • Uniform & Sparring Gear can be ordered at www.awma.com

For more information, contact Brett Van Pelt at 252-972-9622 x.245 or bvanpelt@rmymca.org

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