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Traditional Japanese Karate

Study the old to learn the new.

2019 Karate Summer Camp

2019 Karate Summer Camp

Registration now open


Meet Renshi Dave Hoover

Head Instructor at White Heron Martial Arts

Fitness Conditioning

Fitness Conditioning

Strength, core and cardio conditioning

Strong body

Strong body

Focused mind

White Heron Martial Arts

White Heron Martial Arts

Our Story

Youth Classes

Youth Classes

Karate in St. Jacobs and Elmira

Welcome to White Heron Martial Arts

At White Heron we train in traditional Japanese 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.

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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.

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Adult Karate
Ages 15+

Strong body.

Focused mind.

Youth Karate
Ages 7-14

St. Jacobs &
Elmira Dojos

Family-friendly karate classes.

Private Lessons
1-on-1 or small groups

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

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.

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.

St. Jacobs
St. Jacobs Public School, 72 Queensway Drive, St. Jacobs, On


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

(226) 288-3883

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