Martial Arts

“School of the Soft Spirited Way” Integrated Martial System
This class teaches both traditional and modern aspects of karate and jujutsu.  As the kids learn the sport martial arts they will develop self-discipline, honor, respect, and much more!  The adult students will learn more of the self defense facets of martial arts.

Meet Sensei Smith171_smith

Sensei Ron Smith has always had a high interest in the martial arts.  He lives the “martial way” and realizes that he is who he is because of the arts.

In January of 1996, Smith  Sensei began his formal study with Sensei Shane Topp, who is the current head instructor of Eugue-Ryu Karate-Jutsu.  Eugue Ryu Karate-Jutsu is the system of Karate and Jujutsu founded by Kensenzu Yamaegue.  Smith Sensei takes every opportunity to train in other arts and learn from other instructors, all the while comparing them to Topp Sensei and the Eugue-Ryu system.

In 2002, Smith Sensei started teaching at the local YMCA in Bellefontaine, Ohio.  Over the next 4.5 years, Smith Sensei’s class continued to grow and in 2007 classes were relocated to their current location at an old church in Zanesfield, Ohio (also known as Pickerelltown).   In 2006, another class was added and is currently held at the Union County Family YMCA in Marysville, Ohio.

In the beginning, Smith Sensei taught Eugue-Ryu.  As Topp Sensei  transitioned from Eugue-Ryu to Jukido-Kai Sogo Budo (School of Integrated Martial Arts) so did Smith Sensei.  Eugue-Ryu will always be the core system that Jukido-Kai  and The Center For Traditional Martial Arts bases its curriculum around.


Smith Sensei holds the following ranks:

  • Yodan:  Eugue-Ryu Karatejutsu
  • Yodan:  Jukido-Kai Karatejutsu
Other Ranks include:
  • Nidan: American Jukido Ryu Jujutsu
  • Shodan:  American Jukido Ryu Karate
  • Shodan:  Jukido-Kai Iaido
  • Sankyu:  Jukido-Kai Aikido

Extra focus has been spent in the sword art as well as constantly refining edged weapons skill sets through continued study under Topp Sensei.  He has also been fortunate enough to train with one of the leading instructors of edged weapons in the United States, Michael Janich, founder of Martial Blade Concepts.

In 2004, Smith Sensei received the  award for Black Belt instructor of the year from the American Jukido-Ryu Martial Arts Union Hall of Fame.  Smith Sensei also appears in the 2007 Edition of the “Heritage Who’s Who” which recognizes successful businesses and business executives.

What Smith Sensei loves the most about teaching is the fact that through the martial arts, he has had the opportunity to help so many individuals of all ages learn how to protect themselves and avoid dangerous situations.  They are given the tools needed to help make the right decisions in life.

“Not everyone will become a great martial artist, but I strive to help them become great human beings”

senseiMeet Sensei Ferguson

I’ve always been fascinated with martial arts since I could remember. I can remember begging a childhood friend to teach me what he had learned at his Tae Kwon Do class and filling our VHS library with ninja and kung fu movies. My brain has always been dominantly engulfed in art from a very young age and martial arts seemed to fit the criteria. My father tried putting me in sports and boy scouts as a child with no appeal. By the time I convinced my mother to take me to find a karate dojo, I was 13. I was lucky enough to find Sensei Smith on my first try at the local YMCA. I couldn’t find a reason to look further. It was everything I was hoping for and more. Karate, Iaido, Aikido and more I found in Jukido-Kai. More recently, I have found interest in the health and healing aspects to the martial arts and a great appeal for the Japanese language. I have begun additional study of TaiChi, Kung Fu, Kyudo and Yoga. I plan on opening my own school so I can teach my own students in the future.

Martial Arts Classes

Classes meet once a week for 4 weeks at the YMCA. 

Beginner Class

Classes meet once a week for 4 weeks at the YMCA.

Dates & Times: Mondays 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Wednesdays 5:30pm – 6:15pm
Price (YMCA Members):  $30
Price (Non Members): $50



Intermediate Class

Dates & Times: Mondays 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Wednesdays 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Price (YMCA Members): $35

Price (Non Members): $50

Advanced/ Adult Class
Dates & Times: Wednesdays 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Price (YMCA Members): $35
Price (Non Members): $50

Jukido-Kai Sogo Budo

Click here for Jukido-Kai Sogo Budo Class Schedule

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YMCA Sports Pledge

“Win or lose, I pledge before Everyone to play the game as well as I know how, to  obey all the rules, to be a good sport at all times, and to improve myself in Spirit, Mind, and  Body”

Center for Traditional Martial Arts

Learn more about the CFT here.



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YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are incorporated into daily programming.


Variety of age appropriate activities that promote opportunities for children to explore their environment safely and confidently.


Activities are led by assigned teachers, as well as, self directed by the child.  Creativity is encouraged to help promote individual growth.


Group and individual play. Kid Connect has activities that promote decision making skills, teach responsible behavior, and develop the child’s self confidence.