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January 12, 2021 Update: Our YMCA Martial Arts programs are temporarily suspended until City and County of Honolulu COVID-19 safety guidelines allow for the gathering of larger groups.

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A variety of martial arts classes are offered for youth and adults out of YMCA branches. Below is a brief description of classes. Visit our on-line registration for specific information on our adult and youth Martial Arts programs.


The goal of Aikido training is to harmonize with the flow of Universal Energy "ki" and improve one's character. Focuses on self defense, coordination of mind and body, discipline, awareness and concentration, confidence, and respect.

Available at:

  • Kalihi YMCA - Ages 7 and up
  • Leeward YMCA - Ages 7 and up
  • Nu'uanu - Ages 5 and up


A Korean martial art and means "the way of coordinated power". A typical Hapkido training session will contain striking techniques, defensive throws and grappling, break falling, sparring, meditation and exercises to develop internal energy.

Available at:

  • Kalihi YMCA - Ages 7 and up


Emphasis on fun and full physical activity for top conditioning. Judo provides means for learning and improving one's self discipline, character, self defense, and improve physical endurance.

Available at:

  • Kaimuki YMCA - Ages 8 and up
  • Mililani YMCA - Ages 6 and up


Increase confidence and discipline, improve concentration, build good sportsmanship and character, improve coordination, reflexes, and overall health and fitness.

Available at:

Shinden Karate

Shinden is the culmination of more than fifty years of training in Asian martial art forms and Western self-defense. There is extensive use of traditional Asian weaponry. The goal of Karate is to develop humility, self control, respect for others, mental awareness and discipline. Our ultimate aim is to apply this conduct in our lives outside the dojo.

Available at:

  • Nu'uanu YMCA - Ages 6 and up