Promar Karate was Established in 1979


Our Instructors

Mark Yates

Head Instructor

Shihan Mark Yates is a 8th dan black belt in Goshin Jitsu Karate and has been teaching martial arts for over 40 years.

In his 40 years he has won 7 World Champion Titles in Self Defense and Traditional Weapons, brought over 300 students up to their black belt, and taught thousands of people karate and self-defense.

As the head instructor of Promar Karate, he teaches in Listowel, Ontario. 

  “The great thing about Karate is that there’s always something new to learn or a way to improve. It can keep things interesting!” 

Tamara Yates

Elmira Instructor

Sensei Yates is a 4th dan black belt and has been training in Goshin Jitsu Karate with her Dad (Mark) since she was 4 years old. 

She loves teaching kids karate and watching a student gain confidence as they learn new techniques, katas, and self defense moves.

Over the last 5 years she has been perfecting the best methods of teaching self defense and personal safety.

Martial arts classes incorporate these principles and knowledge into their curriculum, but teaching self defense to a non-martial artist is different. They may never come to another seminar again.

Sensei T has worked at this and has seminars designed for different age groups, as well as those specific to girls and women, to get them as much useful information as possible in a shorter amount of time.

Learn More About The Programs

Listowel and Elmira Kids Dragons ages 4-6

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.

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 after the lesson you will get a FREE uniform.

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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!