Martial Arts and Karate

Y Martial Arts 

This program offers quality Martial Arts and Karate instruction for kids and adults. Classes are held in a controlled, safe environment and each particpant's challenge can be tailored to all levels of fitness or experience. The goal of Martial Arts at the Y is to use a particular discipline as a conduit for maintaining a healthy mind, body and spirit. Students gain focus, strength, balance, and coordination as they work their way through the ranks to becoming a Black Belt. Our sessions also incorporate strength training, stretching and technical practice, and coordination. Try a class today!

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Karate at the Greater Palm Harbor and James P Gills 

Students are led through a class of exercises, stretches, Isshinryu Karate techniques, and practical self-defense to encourage a confident and humble demeanor. Younger students learn about self-discipline, awareness, and to always honor their parents. Plus, our training has fun games too! Teens, adults and high ranking child students are also given the opportunity to practice forms, controlled sparring, and grappling. Take a Karate class in Palm Harbor or take a Karate class in New Port Richey in the Trinity Community at the James P Gills Family YMCA. 

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Taekwondo at the Y

This sports is known as Korean Karate. It's the study of kicks and punches and it emphasizes the use of the feet for unarmed combat. Students learn basics, forms and three-step. Sparring is non-contact. Our Taekwondo program at the North Pinellas and Citrus Ys emphasizes safety and self-control. Students work with the teacher to progress at the pace that is right for them, because one of the tenets of this art form is that we learn throughout our lives, not according to fixed time periods. Students of all ages develop lasting strength and focus in a non-competitive, mutually respectful environment.

Training methods include sparring, traditional patterns, and practical self-defense techniques. New students can join any time and all ages and skill levels are welcome!

Taekwondo instills discipline, honor, self-control, respect, courtesy and perseverance. Students of all ages can apply the lessons learned to maintaining their personal safety.

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Tai Chi

This is a form of Chinese martial arts which is characterized by the grace and liquidity of its slow movement and deep breathing. It's been described as a form of meditation in motion.

If you're looking for a way to reduce stress, Tai Chi is an excellent class. The art was originally developed for self-defense; however, it has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions.