Welcome to the YMCA of Greenville Karate Program!

All Karate registrations are accepted online on the Southeast Karate Website

Paper forms are also available; call or 864-412-7222 email Southeast Karate to initiate this process.

Karate Curriculum

Students will learn karate, basic self-defense (both for stranger-danger and bullying), skill development, leadership, flexibility, focus, dedication, and self-control.  The main focus of this program is character development through the martial arts. Each class will introduce new skills and ideas while building what they have already learned.  

Class meets one day per week for twelve weeks.  At the end of the three-month course, students will have increased skills and (at the instructor’s discretion) may have the opportunity to advance to a new level. This advancement includes the proper execution of punches, kicks, blocks, stances and moving basics as well as a demonstration of character development in accordance with the integrity of martial arts.

Karate is both a physically and mentally challenging activity. Every student is active for the entire class and encouraged to strive for individual success while building character and self-discipline. The karate program is a lifelong fitness activity centered on responsibility, self-control, and integrity.

As students learn and progress, we encourage them to enroll for both spring and fall sessions of the program.


Karate program consists of a 12-week fall session and 12-week spring session. Summer camps are also available at several YMCA locations as well as Southeast Karate LLC.  

2018 Spring Session

Begins: February 19
Enrollment: January 26th-February 13th
Spring Break: 4/2/18 - 4/7/18 (No Class)
Session End: 5/14/18 - 5/19/18
Belt Exams: Saturday, May 26th 2018 (Time TBD)

There is no YMCA karate class anytime school is canceled for inclement weather, breaks, or holidays.  In the case of snow days and holidays, to ensure that students from each location have the opportunity to attend 12 classes, students are encouraged to “make-up” class at one of the other YMCA locations (if available) or attend class at Southeast Karate LLC.

In addition, Southeast Karate is extending the option to attend one additional karate class per week of the 12-week-session at Southeast Karate’s principal location 3795 E. North Street, Greenville, SC 29615.  This service is included at no additional cost and is intended to broaden student’s exposure and experience. Class schedules can be found online at www.southeastkarate.com.

All information regarding scheduling updates and/or cancellations, and belt exams will be communicated via email, and students and families can expect to be included in Dojo communication as an extension of our karate community.


Class sizes are limited at every location!  Please register early if you plan to participate. Online registration is the best way to be sure we receive your information before the class fills up.  Once a class is full, you will see that it is no longer available to register online.  We will accept late registrations providing space is still available, however, there will be no pro-rating for those registering after the beginning of the session.

Students must be between the ages of 5 and 13; no experience is necessary.

Schedule and Description

YMCA Program Center -- GHS (Adams Mill Road location)

  • Mondays 4:30 pm - 5:20 pm

Caine Halter YMCA - Downtown Greenville

  • Tuesdays 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
  • Tuesdays 5:00 pm -5:50 pm

George I. Theisen YMCA - Travelers Rest

  • Wednesdays 4:30 pm - 5:20 pm

Eastside YMCA - Taylors

  • Fridays 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
  • Fridays 5:00 pm -5:50 pm


GHS FAMILY YMCA - Simpsonville

  • Saturdays 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm


  • $150 (YMCA Members)
  • $170 (Non-YMCA Members)

This covers the cost of a full three months of karate (12 classes on location and the option for an additional 12 classes at Southeast Karate). This amount is due upon registration, your place in class is not held unless payment is processed.  If this is your first karate class at the YMCA, an additional $30 karate uniform is required with registration.  Family discounts are not available.

Other Fees

There is a belt exam at the end of each session.  Should your student be ready to participate,  the cost is $10.  This fee is due on the date of the exam.  Exams are held at Southeast Karate LLC; located at 3795 E. North Street, Greenville, SC 29615.   Exams are an opportunity for parents to see what children have learned and celebrate their accomplishment!

If you are unable to be present for the belt exam at the end of the session, a “make-up” test can be scheduled for an additional fee.

Karate Uniform

All students are required to wear a white karate uniform or Gi.  Hair must be secured back away from the face.  No jewelry is allowed in class; this is for safety because karate is a contact sport.  Although we take karate class barefoot, students must wear shoes to and from class.

For the first class, students should plan to wear comfortable gym clothes (unless they already own a uniform). We will fit students and distribute uniforms purchased within the first two weeks of classes. Uniforms should be washed and dried to shrink. DO NOT wash the belt.  If the pants and sleeves are still long, fold the material under and hem.  Sleeves should stop at the wrist, pants should stop at the ankle.  DO NOT cut excess material, it can be let out as the student grows.

Karate staff

YMCA classes will be taught by Sensei Troy Hirschkorn (owner), Sensei Bekah Benham, and Sempai Zach Hirschkorn. Please see the Southeast Karate website to learn more about our awesome instructors!

Contact us

If you have questions about the Karate program or registering your child, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!

Contact Southeast Karate (864) 412-7222