Sunday, March 7, 2021

Seibukan Karate at the YMCA expands to include Karate Camp

Nick Lemke

Nick Lemke

By Steve Reynolds

The Greater Marco Family YMCA Karate School under the direction of Sensei Nick Lemke has been offering classes to those age 6 and up for a year and has seen the class grow fro just a few students to over 12 and range in age from 6 to 60. Sensei Nick teaches an Okinawan style of Karate called Seibukan Shorin-Ryu that teaches students discipline, character, confidence, physical and mental strength and most importantly self defense.

Sensei Nick is proud to be able to preserve Karate history and now is able to offer a 1 week Karate Camp for ages 6 and up. Sensei Nick says” It is an honor to teach students to strive for perfection of character, to defend the paths of truth, to honor the principals of etiquette and to guard against impetuous courage.”

The Seibukan Summer karate Camp will be offered in 2 sessions. Session 1 will be held from July 18-22 and Session 2 will be held from August 15-19. St. Marks Episcopal Church located at 1101 North Collier Blvd on the corner of Elkcam Circle will be the site for both sessions. Camp time is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with the emphasis on a morning workout, karate principals and Japanese language, Katas or karate Forms, Karate movies, games and drills. Sensei Nick asks all students to bring lunch, comfortable clothes and a change of clothes. A Uniform is available for a fee of $20 but is not required. The cost for the Seibukan Karate Camp for each session is $75 for Y members and $90 for community members. A special offer for attendees is to bring a friend or family member to camp and when you both pay for camp , you will get one month of the regular Seibukan Karate Program.

Sensei Nick also said “Seibukan Karate School is available year round at the Marco YMCA along with Matayoshi Kobudo( Okinawan Style of traditional weaponry)”.

The class fee for either class is only $30 a month for Y members and $55 for community members.

Register for all Greater Marco Family YMCA classes at the Customer Service desk located at 101 Sand Hill Street, Marco Island.

For more information about this specialty camp and other classes available, please visit the Y website at or call 239-394-3144 ext. 200.


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