Karate for youth and adults
At the YMCA, we see martial arts as a way to stay healthy while learning values for a lifetime. They provide great cardiovascular exercise and increase flexibility. Just as important, they teach discipline, confidence, respect for others, and teamwork.
Mark Johnson will teach students the basics of Karate, emphasizing physical training, self-control and respect, combined with personal safety. But it's not just basic -- just ask students who have attained their black belts! The class is fun and challenging, and students will advance at their own pace, earning tips and belts.
There are now three different age-level classes:
- Little Dragons for 4 -7-year-olds meets Tuesdays and/or Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.
- Shotokan Karate for ages 8-adult meets Tuesdays and/or Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
All classes meet next door to Tim Bondy Physical Therapy in the Petoskey Kmart Plaza.
Wear athletic clothing; uniforms not required. Bring a water bottle. Socks and shoes will be removed during class.
Mark, who grew up in the Detroit area, holds a fourth degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do. He has also studied Goju Tyu Karate, Shotokan Karate, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Jeet Kune Do, Escrima (Filipino weaponry), Kano Ju-Jitsu, Boxing, and Kickboxing. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and is studying secondary education.