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Youth (6-12)

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Improve your child's
Discipline and Focus!

Skills for life, not just for the dojo.

Your child wants to have fun doing something awesome. As a parent, you want to make sure he's learning the skills that he'll need to succeed at school and at life. Skills like respect, discipline, focus, and persistence. At Spirit Made Steel we say, "Why not both?" Your child will learn and grow while having a great time!


Years of Fun

My daughter has tried multiple sports throughout the years. Each time she enjoyed the sport for a few practice sessions and then had to be forced to complete the season. When she asked to try karate I agreed under the conditions that she had to complete a year. Fourteen months [now three years!] later and she still loves going to class!

Rese Stevens

Individual Needs

There are not a lot of teachers these days that will work with their students that have “disabilities”, but Sensei Russell was able to show me different ways to do throws or holds to accommodate mine!

Katherine Cottingham

Fun Environment

Has a fun environment and allows you to get fit and learn skills that will help you in many aspects of your life.

Darren Sutzer

Get in great shape ANd
Let out Some stress!

While having a great time and making new friends.

You try, but staying in shape isn't as easy as it used to be. The kids don't help. The gym has turned into a boring, stale, same-old routine. And work stresses you out. We can help you ease that tension and work out some of the aggression - in a safe, controlled environment, surrounded by friends!

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About Sensei Russell Newquist

Sensei Russell Newquist

Owner and Chief Instructor

In January, 1995, I stepped into Spirit Made Steel - at the time, just a small martial arts class at the Madison Rec Center. Sixteen years old and armed with my first real paycheck, I had no idea how much Sensei Kevin Swanner was about to change my life. Over the next twelve years I followed Sensei Swanner and Spirit Made Steel Karate through five moves, lots of growth, and multiple knee injuries for both myself and Sensei Swanner!

When I started training with Sensei Swanner, I never imagined how much it would bring me out of my shell. If you’d told me then that I would now regularly not only speak but teach in front of ten, twenty, or thirty people, I wouldn’t have believed you. I was so terrified of public speaking!

But eventually I became an instructor myself as Sensei Swanner’s program grew. When my wife Morgon and I moved to Georgia in 2007, I began teaching my own program. Then, after I moved back home and finished my master’s degree, I continued by opening Madison Martial Arts Academy in 2013.

In 2016, Sensei Swanner decided to step back from day-to-day teaching duties here at Spirit Made Steel. As he continues the next leg of his martial arts journey, I’ve been honored to continue his legacy here at Spirit Made Steel. I’m happy to have “come home” once more, and I’m excited to offer new generations of students the same chance for personal growth that the martial arts and Sensei Swanner gave me.

Sensei Russell Newquist

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