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Martial Arts for Teens

Through Martial Arts, teenagers learn to set and achieve goals, to be respectful in their interactions with adults, and to grow in self-confidence. These self-defense classes also foster teamwork and caring for others, while building muscle and strength, coordination, balance, agility and flexibility.

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Somerset Hills YMCA

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Tae Kwon Do/Korean Karate (Ages 4 and above)
Come enjoy “Family Exercise with a Purpose." Somerset Hills YMCA partners with the American Tae Kwon Do Academy (ATKDA) to offer classes in self-defense that foster goal setting, teamwork and caring for others. Pay one price, and take unlimited classes within your age group. Class prices are the same for Members and Potential Members.

Classes offered (Summer schedule June 24 - Sept 1*):


Tae Kwon Do/Korean Karate- Adults and Families (Ages 6+): Tuesday 6:30-8:15pm, Thursday 6:30-8:15pm, Friday 6:00-8:00pm and Sunday 10:30am-12:30pm in the gymnasium

The American Tae Kwon Do Academy has been providing classes at the YMCA since 1993 and has one of the largest and most successful Chung Do Kwan schools in the USA. In this class you can progress from white belt to black belt in a family environment.

*our regular schedule will resume in the fall
  • Individual Person
  • Two Family Members (1st member)
  • Two Family Members (additional member)
  • Three Family Members (1st member)
  • Three Family Members (additional members)
  • Four or More Immediate Family Members (1st member)
  • Four or More Immediate Family Members (additional members)
  • One Time Pass
Pre-College Safety Program (High school seniors)

Going away to college for the first time can be overwhelming for both parents and students, and personal safety issues are top on the list. This pre-college program, offered by the American Tae Kwon Do Academy (ATKDA) and Somerset Hills YMCA, is designed to give high school seniors an understanding of the safety risks associated with college life.  Students will learn basic prevention strategies for avoiding crimes of opportunity and self-defense techniques, including verbal and non-verbal strategies, to stay safe.

Check back for future offerings.

Somerville YMCA

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Aikido (Ages 13 years and above)
  • Aikido (Ages 13 years and above)

    This form of martial arts teaches techniques that help you to better control and redirect physical confrontation rather than blocking it. Increases stamina, flexibility and muscle development.

    Classes are 1 hour 25 minutes long.

Tae Kwon Do (Ages 15 years and above)
  • Adult Tae Kwon Do
    A Korean martial art that combines combat techniques, self-defense, sport, exercise, and in some cases, meditation and philosophy.

    Classes are 60 minutes long.