Be yourself. But be the best version of yourself.

It's never too late to improve. Our exciting and challenging martial arts classes can help you get stronger and fitter, lose weight and get in shape, and build the self confidence that you deserve.

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Do you have difficulties

With these issues?

You're working hard to lose weight and get or stay in shape, but it's difficult on your own.

You want to have more confidence and to feel better about yourself.

You worry that you might not be able to defend yourself or your loved ones in a bad situation.

Do Routine gym workouts bore you to tears?

Our exciting, challenging workouts can help!

Our martial arts workouts will push you in ways you never expected, without the boredom and tedium that come from rote gym workouts. Instead of spending hours chugging along on the treadmill alone, you can have a great time with your new best friends - while actually burning more calories!

This room is for the weak, that they may become strong.
This room is for the strong, that they may become humble.

Our martial arts classes are here to build you up and make you stronger - not tear you down! No matter your own personal fitness levels, we're here to help you get stronger, faster, and more flexible. You'll burn a ton of calories to help you lose weight and get in shape, all while having a great time with your new friends!

Sometimes you just need to blow off some steam

Martial arts are great stress relief!

Do you feel constantly harried and stressed? Modern society brings a lot of benefits, but none of us would argue that it doesn't come with the side effects of chronic stress.

What we call "stress" is mostly a byproduct of the activation of your "fight or flight" response - and then the inability to actually either fight or flee!

You'll be amazed how much better you feel after an hour where you're allowed to "fight back" in a safe, controlled environment.

You want to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Our comprehensive program focuses on effective defense.

Tournaments and trophies are nice, but real self defense isn't about scoring points. At the end of the day, you want to know that you can actually take care of yourself and your family. Our program combines effective elements from many martial arts styles into a practical and comprehensive self defense system.


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

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Will martial arts help me lose weight?

Martial arts burn a ton of calories, comparing well against almost any other exercise you can do. Sparring, for example, can burn up to 1,000 calories per hour!

I've never done anything like this before. Won't I embarrass myself?

Absolutely not! Most of our adult students had never done martial arts before training with us. All of our students are very welcome and accepting, and our instructors are ready to help you at your level!

Will martial arts improve my confidence?

True self-confidence comes from facing difficult challenges and overcoming them. Our training will provide you plenty of challenges - but our instructors and your fellow students will be there all the way to help you overcome them!

Will martial arts training help me focus?

Yes - and not just if you have ADHD - although it helps with that, too! Although our adult classes are more relaxed than our youth classes, you'll still find a heavy emphasis on focus. And when your body feels fitter and better, your mind will work better, too!

How else can martial arts benefit you?

Our trained instructors will be there with you every step of the way to provide encouragement and support.

You'll have a great time with your new friends.

A regular schedule and challenging but achievable goals will help you stay motivated.

Regular exercise and better fitness and health will improve your clarity of mind and focus.


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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