Our Mission

Our mission is to create a supportive environment where students can be their best selves.

We would like every person that enters our dojo to leave feeling better than when they arrived. 

Your Team

Mark Yates, Head Instructor

Shihan Mark Yates has been teaching for over 40 years and has worked with students with a spectrum of abilities. Every student has the potential to be a great martial artist, and Shihan will help you see it in yourself.

Tamara Yates, 4th Dan Black Belt

Sensei T is your lead instructor at the Elmira dojo. Teaching karate for over 20 years, she focuses on running a fun and safe class for her students.

Paula Dingelstad, 4th Dan Black Belt

Sensei Paula is a 4th Dan Black Belt and is a calm and focused presence in the dojo.

When you bow into the dojo, you can leave the day's challenges and stress behind at the door. This practice allows me to be present and give my full attention to my students.

Try an intro lesson

You can start with a free orientation lesson to decide if our program is right for you. If you sign up for our program you will get a FREE uniform.

Student Testimonials

"I can’t say enough how much I love this place! My son is learning so much and he LOVES to go to class. There’s something so rewarding in watching your child learn and grow so quickly. I couldn’t ask for a better environment for my son."
Nicole Dunn
"My girls joined Promar Karate as Kinderkicks about 4 months ago. They absolutely love it! My kids love going to class. They have learned so much and love earning stripes on their belts. This is a great atmosphere for kids and families."
Lynzie Weber
Our family has been coming to Promar Karate for two years. Our oldest has a lot of energy and was having some big feelings; it's amazing how much calmer he is now. Last year we began sending our youngest to Little Dragons classes and an unexpected benefit is that they get along better at home! I’m glad we decided to try out a class.
Elina Wentworth

Learn More About The Programs

Dragons (Ages 4-6)

You child will build confidence, learn self defense skills, and have fun in our high energy classes that are designed to keep this age group engaged and focused in class.

Program - Kids Karate ages 7 to 12

Kids' Karate

Our kids' karate program will help improve coordination, balance, and flexibility, while teaching discipline, focus, and self-defense. It is also a great way to make new friends and provide an outlet for energy.

Program - Teen and Adult Karate


Karate provides a sense of community and teaches self-defense techniques, improving confidence and physical health. It also develops discipline, focus, and determination for mental growth.

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Sign up for 2 FREE Lessons

These orientation lessons are a good way to find out if our program is what you’re looking for. 

Like the lessons? Ask us about our Summer Special!