Jim Smith Karate has been in business since 1973, under the direction of Hanshi Jim Smith, who has been bringing Westchester and Putnam County the very best in martial arts instruction in the style of Goju-Te Karate. Although our techniques are based on century-old knowledge, it is our application of that knowledge that sets Jim Smith Karate apart. Our instructional methods allow students to develop a strong foundation in basic skills, and gives them the opportunity to strengthen their natural physical abilities in order to maximize their self-defense skills.

Classes are taught by certified black belt instructors and we boast a 5:1 student/teacher ratio. At Jim Smith Karate you will NEVER pay a belt fee or test fee. Plus at Jim Smith Karate you will NEVER be "locked-in" to a contract.











To become a master in the martial arts, you need to have founded a style or be appointed by a master to continue the lineage. In 2004 Hanshi Jim Smith received his 10th degree black belt and was recognized by the World Wen Wu Council of Martial Arts as the founder of the Goju-Te system. He is one of only three non-Asians awarded this honor.

Goju-Te is the blend of the Okinawan Goju-Ryu and Japanese Goju-Kai. This style of karate combines soft, circular blocking techniques with hard, fast counterattacks. This style also incorporates a balanced combination of foot and hand techniques where often times, many other styles rely more-so on one technique than another.


Due to Hanshi Jim Smith's untimely passing in 2017, Jim Smith Karate has continued to operate and carry on his legacy. 



All classes at Jim Smith Karate are staffed by highly experienced and motivated martial artists. We will help you or your child achieve more than you ever imagined.

We realize that although the ability to defend oneself is important, there are far more important benefits to be had from being involved in a martial arts program. That's why our unique program of work and fun is designed to enhance the qualities of character, self-esteem, respect, self-control and proper etiquette in all of our students.

Find out why Jim Smith Karate has been so successful in Westchester since 1973.



Children learn the fundamentals of karate by participating in activites that improve their hand-eye coordination, reaction time and the ability to focus.

Karate for kids

What does your child need to succeed? Self-confidence, focus and a positive mental attitude! We promote a healthy lifestyle, improve behavior at home and school and teach the techniques for personal protection. 

Karate for adults

Our teen and adult classes are excellent full body workouts to help you get and stay in shape. In addition, karate classes are a great way to relieve stress. Self-defense is also a primary focus for the teen and adult group.

Advanced Karate

This unique class is geared towards students who are looking for a little bit more from their karate experience. Whether it be improving their sparring skills or if they have interest in learning weapons. Some of our students who enroll in our advanced class also compete in sport karate events.



Joe is a Fifth Degree Black Belt, is an accomplished teacher, competitor, and coach in the art of Goju-Te karate. He started at Jim Smith Karate at the age of 6, becoming an excellent instructor, plus co-owner.

Shihan Joe

Owner and Chief Instructor

Lori is a Third Degree Black Belt, is an accomplished teacher and coach in the art of Goju-Te karate. She helps manage Jim Smith Karate and runs the day to day operations, plus co-owner.

Owner and Instructor

Sensei Lori

James is a Sixth Degree Black Belt, is an accomplished teacher and coach in the art of Goju-Te karate. He has been a practitioner, competitor and instructor of martial arts, plus karate for over forty years.


Senior Instructor


Birthday parties at Jim Smith Karate are fun for children from 5 years and older! Guests will have a great time while actually learning karate! It's sure to be a party your guests will talk about for months!!


Birthday parties include:

  • A 45 minute group workout, age appropriate activities.

  • 30 minutes for food/cake.

  • A 15 minute demonstration by our instructors.

We will provide:

  • Black Belt instructors

  • Table and chairs

  • Guest passes for all of the children

  • A free gift for the birthday child



914-621-0100  |  jimsmithkarate@optimum.net

250 Mahopac Avenue, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598



Tel: 914-621-0100     Email: jimsmithkarate@optimum.net

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