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Traditional Karate         

Study the old to learn the new 

Welcome to White Heron Martial Arts

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At White Heron we train in traditional Goju-ryu Karate-do. Karate is the best way to learn self-defense, improve physical fitness, exercise the mind and forge the spirit. 

Getting Started

White Heron offers classes for all ages and all fitness levels. You don't need previous martial arts experience nor be in great shape to start. You need to show up.

All classes are small with a good student-to-teacher ratio. Youth classes are family-friendly. Adult classes are dedicated only for those over the age of 15. The intensity of the training increases with belt rank, and builds slowly as students progress through the ranks.

Karate Side Kicks
Karate sparring


Our Martial Arts school teaches traditional Japanese Goju-ryu Karate-do. All ages and fitness levels welcome. We understand that each student has a different style of learning, and we aim to accommodate all of our students.

Jiu Jitsu self-defence applications

Adult Karate
Ages 16+

Strong body.

Focused mind.

Partner basics

Youth Karate
Elmira - Ages 9-16
Heidelberg - Ages 6-8

Family-friendly karate classes.

Learning self-defence in private one-on-one sessions

Private Lessons
1-on-1 or small groups

Learn Karate, Tai Chi, self-defense at your own pace.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi

Meditation in motion.

Karate Program

Karate is a traditional Japanese empty-hand martial art. At White Heron, the style of karate we teach is Goju-ryu. From the Japanese, ‘Goju-ryu’ translates as ‘hard-soft style’.  As it's name implies, this stye encompassing both the hard striking linear attacks such as kicks and closed fist punches, as well as softer, circular techniques, for blocking, locks, grappling, and takedowns.

Women's self-defence
Karate kids group basics

Karate training improves one’s physical conditioning: power, speed, strength, balance, and flexibility. It also offers a calm state of mind: improving focus, discipline, confidence and mental acuity.


We’d be happy to provide you with additional information about individual courses at White Heron Martial Arts. Drop us a line, or give us a call.


Woolwich Memorial Centre, 24 Snyder St. South, Elmira, On

(226) 288-3883

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