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We are excited to partner with ACMASC and Master Instructor Michael Watkins to bring self-defense classes to the Verdae YMCA as well as Karate Kids Academy of Tae Kwon Do and Hap Ki Do for ages 5-17 at the YMCA Program Center.

*Participants must be active YMCA members for the duration of the program to receive member pricing.


Karate Kids


Session Times

Next Session Schedule: March 27 - June 5

  • 5:30-6:30pm Mondays & Thursdays
  • No classes April 3, 6, 10, and May 29.
  • Testing & Awards: June 1 and June 5
Fees & Requirements
  • Ages: 5-17
  • Y Members: $240
  • Community: $265
  • Member Discounts: 2nd & 3rd child $195, 4th child $75. Must register in house to receive discount.
  • Fee includes uniform for new participants, testing, belt, awards and patches.
About the Program and Instructor

This Martial Arts program trains kids to be response-ready from learning the latest skills and tactics from the “B.E. S.A.F.E.” Commonsense Self-defense program. Skills and Tactics to Escape and Survive danger, bullying, and harms-way are taught in every class. Each session is spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally balanced. Karate Kids is also great fun.
Our Instructor, 5th Degree Black Belt, Master D, applies biblical truths to promote and teach  core-value behavior disciplines such as practical life leadership skills, communication skills, character development, good manners, proper etiquette, and true respect.

Master D holds a BA in Education, MA in Psychology, and Th.D., in Theology. His many published works include course curriculums that are studied at university. His decades of experience in business and ministry provide for all he imparts into the life of each girl and boy.

Master D’s life in the martial arts began in 1967 under Master Instructor Andy Marcinko. In 1970 his training in Taekwondo and Hapkido advanced under 7th degree Grand Master, Ray Suzch, USA Karate Team Coach and Founder of the Cleveland Academy of Self Defense.

Master D’s accomplishments include Master Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and Hap Ki Do. 1st Degree Black Belt in Jujitsu, plus several advanced rankings in Savate, Judo, Kung Fu, and weapons. In 2004 Grand Master Ray appointed Master D into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Master D believes and lives in and out of the dojo by one standard, The KARATE Creed.

The Karate Creed
  1. I will always work with diligence and discipline, so that when I set any goals, I will be more likely to achieve them. (Proverbs 10:4)
  2. My Karate is for sport or self-defense only. Therefore, I will be calm, gentle, and avoid fighting. This does not mean that I am weak, but that my behavior is always under control. (2 Samuel 22:36)
  3. I can be brave whenever I’m in a dangerous or scary situation because I will put my trust in God to take care of me. (Proverbs 24:10)
  4. I will never strike out in anger or seek revenge. (Deuteronomy 32:35)
  5. I will be polite, caring, and very kind. (Nehemiah 9:17)
  6. I will not laugh when bad people get in trouble or be glad when mean people  fail. (Proverbs 24:17)
  7. I will defend, be fair, and be generous to hurting and poor people. (Psalm 82:3,4)
  8. I will always tell the truth and obey all the rules. (Psalms 15:2)
  9. I will be a good listener and always try my hardest, so I become smarter, understand better, and behave with wisdom. (Proverbs 4:5-9)
  10. My most important goal is to make God and my family happy and proud of me. (Exodus 20:12)

Self-Defense Classes


Questions? Visit or call 276-618-4469.

Session Times
  • Ages 12 and older
Styles and Skills

The American College of Martial Arts is a non-traditional school of Martial Arts that teaches an evolution of several styles with the techniques and skills designed for use in a combative or self-defense application.

  • Hapkida
  • Kenpo
  • Judo
  • Several styles of Kung Fu
  • Self Defense and Situational Awareness
  • Weapon Defense and Offense
  • Confidence
  • Anti-Bullying