Glens Falls Karate Academy - SKILLZ Licensed Child Development Center, Martial Arts & Personal Development Academy

Martial Arts School | Glens Falls Karate Academy

We don't JUST teach martial arts ...
We create martial artists!

Find out why so many people turn to Glens Falls Karate Academy for their martial arts training. Check out our age-specific programs below to learn more about our facility, expert instructors, and dojo community, then complete our pre-enrollment application to schedule your FREE program evaluation and find out how we can help you reach your goals and start living your best life today!

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Early SKILLZ
Preschool - Kindergarten

3–4 year-olds are naturally curious. They might not be ready for the rigid structure of a traditional martial arts class ... but they do need to start learning about appropriate social behavior!

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Basic SKILLZ
1st Grade - 3rd Grade

It's often easy for teachers and parents to overestimate 5-6 year old children. They're better at following directions and paying attention than younger children, but they still need some help controlling themselves and focusing on tasks.
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Core SKILLZ
3rd Grade - 5th Grade

Children are like sponges. They absorb things quickly and easily - far more easily than we do as adults. Not only are they getting healthier as they learn martial arts, but they're also learning the value of self-discipline and respect.
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Junior Karate SKILLZ
Middle School Program

Karate may normally make you think of self-defense, fitness, and discipline ... the truth is, it's all of that and WAY more!
Our program helps our students build skills that they can APPLY to every area of their life and empower them to be the very best they can possibly be!



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Teens Karate
High School Program

Instead of giving into the moodiness and attitude, take them to our dojo instead! Teenagers are smart and capable - but they can also be their own worst enemies. Between peer pressure, their innate urge to rebel against their parents, and their surging hormones, they can be impossible to be around. But all they need is an outlet for their frustrations - and an opportunity to be their best.- DISCOVER -

Adult Karate
Ages 17+

Martial arts training is fun, empowering, and provides a great workout for adults. Studying martial arts is something that anybody - at any age or fitness level - can do. Our programs make learning fun, empowering, and provides a great workout for busy parents!



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why CHOOSE
Glens Falls Karate Academy?

At Glens Falls Karate Academy, our goal is to provide the most comprehensive, age-specific Martial Arts training available. Our affiliation with the Goshin-Ryu Karate Association and SKILLZ™ Worldwide Programs includes an international evolution of Martial Arts, Fitness and Educational training that targets the age-specific needs of kids, teens and adults.

We’ve combined elements of functional fitness, personal development, and our traditional Okinawan Karate curriculum into several age-specific action packed programs that help our students build skills that are appropriate for their stages of development and which can be applied to every area of their life! This means children as young as 3 will have a blast in their classes while learning valuable skills that enable to be the best they can possibly be.

We also provide two cutting-edge adult training programs: SKILLZ Fit, Fitness Kickboxing and traditional Okinawan Karate. Both programs are strategically designed to help adults get into better shape while building a solid foundation in skills and abilities associated with martial arts. Our highly trained staff are dedicated to providing classes that are results-driven, while at the same time tons of fun!

The adult class is really amazing for self defense!

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Glens Falls Karate & Sensei Murphy have been the perfect destination for our little boy.

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The adult Karate and kickboxing classes have been a great addition to my weekly routine. I highly recommend Glens Falls Karate Academy.

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The people are wonderful, the atmosphere is welcoming, it is a family. I recommend the Glens Falls Karate Academy to anyone and everyone!

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My daughter started a few months ago and has enjoyed the challenges, friendships, structure, community and education that sensei Chris Murphy provides.

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About our programs

Early SKILLZ
Preschool - Kindergarten

3–4 year-olds are naturally curious. They might not be ready for the rigid structure of a traditional martial arts class ... but they do need to start learning about appropriate social behavior!

- DISCOVER -

Basic SKILLZ
1st Grade - 3rd Grade

It's often easy for teachers and parents to overestimate 5-6 year old children. They're better at following directions and paying attention than younger children, but they still need some help controlling themselves and focusing on tasks.
- DISCOVER -

Core SKILLZ
3rd Grade - 5th Grade

Children are like sponges. They absorb things quickly and easily - far more easily than we do as adults. Not only are they getting healthier as they learn martial arts, but they're also learning the value of self-discipline and respect.
- DISCOVER -

Junior Karate SKILLZ
Middle School Program

Karate may normally make you think of self-defense, fitness, and discipline ... the truth is, it's all of that and WAY more!
Our program helps our students build skills that they can APPLY to every area of their life and empower them to be the very best they can possibly be!



- DISCOVER -

Teens Karate
High School Program

Instead of giving into the moodiness and attitude, take them to our dojo instead! Teenagers are smart and capable - but they can also be their own worst enemies. Between peer pressure, their innate urge to rebel against their parents, and their surging hormones, they can be impossible to be around. But all they need is an outlet for their frustrations - and an opportunity to be their best.- DISCOVER -

Adult Karate
Ages 17+

Martial arts training is fun, empowering, and provides a great workout for adults. Studying martial arts is something that anybody - at any age or fitness level - can do. Our programs make learning fun, empowering, and provides a great workout for busy parents!



- DISCOVER -

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers about our Martial Arts Programs

We find that our students become more self-confident and more respectful. They also show more humility and kindness to others through their martial arts training.

We encourage parents to watch their children in class. We love parents getting involved, and so do their kids!  Even better … join into one of our adult martial arts programs.   Your kids will love that you have something in common and it will build a strong family bond!

Still, if you needed some ‘me-time’?  Simply drop them off, and go grab a coffee.  They will greet you with a huge smile when you return, because they had SO much fun!

Improving your fitness level is a reason to start training, not a reason to avoid it!  We find that people start at varying fitness levels. There is no right or wrong as long as you’re willing to put in the work for yourself. You will find that no matter what your level of fitness is, there is always a challenge in martial arts.  Isn’t that the point though? A fun, stimulating workout that gets results!

Truthfully, the journey to Black Belt is an individual one.  Everyone can progress at a different pace.  There is no judgement toward students as to how long it takes. Some might even find it takes a lifetime. What we can tell you, is that it is SO WORTHWHILE! 

The self defense skills you will master can truly be life-saving!
However, the other benefits of striving for toward a goal like Black Belt … perseverance, commitment and self discipline … lead to life-long success and skills that have nothing to do with a belt.

You will find that your Instructors at Glens Falls Karate Academy are dedicated to helping you on your journey to Black Belt or whatever your personal goal may be.

We do only have a certain amount of space on our training floor.  To take advantage of our limited enrollment … the fastest way to get started is to fill out a form. 

Then, as long as we have an opening available we’ll schedule a time for you to visit! We would love to chat with you about what we do, and if our program would be a great fit for you and your family!

Make sure you wear comfortable clothes you can be active in!

Not really suitable to practice kicks in a skirt.😳

Be sure to bring a water bottle to your first class & maybe a small towel if your prone to sweating a little extra. Otherwise, just come ready to have fun! Most students are grinning from ear to ear by the end of each class. I am sure you will be too!

Not at all.  In fact, several students in our adult martial arts program would describe themselves like that before they started training.  So you will fit right in!

Give yourself some time, and you will be astounded at how much you improve!  You’ll find that our very experienced martial arts Instructors, are trained to keep their teaching simple.  So even the most uncoordinated person will develop ‘ninja-like’ skills!  Come see for yourself!

Glens Falls Karate Academy

Downtown Glens Falls

We’re located at 28 Ridge Street, stop by and say hello!

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