Soo Bahk Do

Internationally Certified Martial Arts for All Ages!

Mid-State Soo Bahk Do and the Athol YMCA have combined to offer the area’s best, internationally certified martial arts instruction in a community atmosphere. We are dedicated to providing an environment where you can develop your skills in the traditional form of Korean Karate while increasing your physical and mental strength.

We teach the art of Soo Bahk Do to women, men and children of all ages and abilities. Our goal is to develop self-discipline and respect for oneself and others while teaching self-defense skills through the art of Soo Bahk Do. We offer internationally certified Martial Arts instruction in the ancient Korean martial art of Soo Bahk Do for any age. We have programs for 3-6 Year Olds (Nano-Ninja), Youths 6-13, and Teens & Adults all the way to 70+ years old.


Benefits of Soo Bahk Do Training

Physical Well-Being

Through intense physical exercise students will burn body fat and strengthen muscle and joints.


We emphasize discipline of the body, calming of the mind and cultivation of the spirit. Self-confidence is at the very heart of the art of Soo Bahk Do and students will develop an inner strength which will help them to react correctly in many confrontational situations, physical or otherwise.


Focus is one of the primary concepts of Soo Bahk Do. Our adult members notice a difference in focus a after a short time training.

Discipline & Respect

It is a requirement in the Dojang that students are respectful of their Instructors, senior, and fellow Students. This behavior comes with very little direct teaching, and manifests itself outside of training as well.


We are a large, international, closely-knit group of people who come from all different backgrounds but who, through their common interest in Soo Bahk Do, have become a family unit that cares for and supports each other in all things.

Federation Recognition

In order to ensure a consistent curriculum and adherence to the founder’s vision of this Martial Art, all Soo Bahk Do schools must have Federation approval to use the name “Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan” (手搏道武德館). By studying at a Federation-certified DoJang, our students are assured consistent, standardized, highest quality of training around the world. All instruction is performed by World Class Instructors, certified by the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation, and the Korean Soo Bahk Do Association. All Certified instructors and assistant instructors are required by the Federation to have yearly background checks and take yearly child safety instruction.

As practitioners, we compete not with others but within ourselves and develop our skills to the best of abilities. Inside the DoJang (Training Area), we hone our skills. In the community, we take pride in the discipline and philosophy, which make us unique among Martial Arts Practitioners.

Studio Certification number is TA605





Fall, Winter, Spring

All Rank, All Ages:
Mon & Fri 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Wednesday 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Youth, Teen & Family:
Saturday 8:00 – 9:00 am
10:00 – 11:00 am

Saturday 9:00 – 9:30 am

Summer Schedule

All Rank, All Ages:
Mon & Fri 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm pm

Youth, Teen & Family:
Saturday 7:30 – 8:30 am

By appointment only:
9:00 – 9:45 am

Saturday 8:30 – 9:00 am


Cost of Martial Arts: Per session(8 weeks):

YMCA Members: $25.00

Community members: $100.00



YMCA Members: $75.00

Community members: $250.00



Per session: YMCA Members: $20.00

Community members: $35.00


Annual: YMCA Members: $60.00

Community members: $110.00


Testing: First Saturday of each month


545 Main Street
Athol, MA 01331
(978) 249-3305

Hours of Operation
Mon–Fri 5:00am–8:00pm
Sat 7:00am–12:00pm
Sun 8:00pm–12:00pm

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