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Madison, Alabama Dojo Announces Homeschool Karate & Jujitsu Classes


Spirit Made Steel Martial Arts to begin daytime classes in September for homeschool students.

Madison, Ala. (March 1, 2017) - From locks and holds to kicks and punches, Spirit Made Steel's unique mixed blend of martial arts provides a practical, effective defense system for both men and women of all ages. Now Spirit Made Steel Martial Arts brings its exciting program to a new class scheduled conveniently for homeschool students.

The new homeschool class will serve students aged 6-12 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM beginning Wednesday, September 6, 2017. The class will be for beginning students in their first year of training. Weekly reports will be provided that homeschooling parents can use in their school records to log PE hours.

Tuition is $95 per month, with no long term commitment required. Uniforms are $35. Belt tests are $50 and are run about every three months. A New Student Special is available for $249 that includes three months of classes, a uniform, and the first belt test. Students who register before August 1 can save an additional $50 through an Early Bird Discount.

"We're very excited to launch this class," said Sensei Russell Newquist, owner and operator of Spirit Made Steel Martial Arts. "Both Sensei Rita Edwards and I are homschooling parents, and we really wanted to reach out to that community and provide a class that meets their unique needs."

Sensei Rita Edwards holds a second degree black belt in Shin Nagare Karate and currently teaches Youth Karate & Jujitsu classes at Spirit Made Steel. She is a former homeschooling mother of two grown young women.

Sensei Russell Newquist holds a fourth degree black belt in Shin Nagare Karate. In 2013 he founded Madison Martial Arts Academy, which later merged with Spirit Made Steel Karate to form Spirit Made Steel Martial Arts. He is a father of four children, the oldest of which his wife Morgon homeschools.

About Spirit Made Steel

Spirit Made Steel Martial Arts is the premier source of martial arts and self defense training in north Alabama. Founded by Sensei Kevin Swanner in the late 1990s, Spirit Made Steel has occupied its current location on Slaughter Road since 2003. In August 2016, Spirit Made Steel Karate merged with Madison Martial Arts Academy to form Spirit Made Steel Martial Arts. The merged entity is locally owned and operated by Sensei Russell Newquist and his family. Spirit Made Steel offers classes in karate, jujitsu, and self defense for adults and children of all ages. For more information about Spirit Made Steel, visit