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Does your child have difficulties

With these issues?

You've got a good kid, but he struggles hard to pay attention and stay focused in school.

Your child has difficulty stepping out of her shell and making new friends.

Your child struggles with the discipline to finish his homework and do his chores around the house.

Do you struggle to get your child active?

Our exciting, challenging classes can help!

Martial arts training is exciting and challenging, but most of all it's fun! Children respond well to the exciting environment. The best compliment I've ever gotten from a parent is when they tell me that their child never wanted to get off the couch before my class.

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 your child up and make him stronger - not tear him down! No matter his personal fitness levels, we're here to help him get stronger, faster, and more flexible. He'll burn a ton of calories to help him lose weight and get in shape, all while having a great time with his new friends!

Does your child struggle with bullies?

Martial arts training teaches how to deal with bullies - and when not to.

Martial Arts training will absolutely teach your child how to protect herself against bullying. But more importantly, it will teach her the wisdom to know when not to. And the confidence boost she'll gain from overcoming real challenges and feeling better as she gets in shape will give her the best defense of all against bullies: the confidence to not let the bullies bother her in the first place!



Martial Arts training puts a heavy emphasis on focus and discipline. And our challenging workouts will help your child get in better shape. When his body feels better, his mind will work better, too.

Did you know that the connection is so strong that many doctors even specifically recommend martial arts training for children with ADD and ADHD. But even children without these difficulties can benefit from our training.


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 training help my child deal with bullies?

Martial arts training is one of the best things your child can do if he's having trouble with bullies. Martial Arts training will teach him how to protect himself, and more importantly when not to. But most of all, it will provide him with the self confidence to ensure that he doesn't have to.

My child struggles with sports. Will he do OK?

Absolutely! Many of our students struggle with team sports, because team sports are not conducive to children who need a little extra time to learn the sport or who haven't hit their developmental spurts yet. Martial Arts training, on the other hand, moves at the student's own pace, whatever that happens to be.

Will martial arts improve my child's confidence?

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

Will martial arts training help my child focus?

Yes - and not just if he hashave ADHD - although it helps with that, too! Our youth classes provide a heavy emphasis on discipline and focus. And when your child's body feels fitter and better, his 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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