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YMCA National Capital Closing as of Dec. 31

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YMCA National Capital's Holiday Schedule

Please be advised of our November 2015 holiday hours! We will also have a modified group exercise schedule this weekend. Click here to see the classes we're offering. Have a safe and healthy holiday!

Thanksgiving Day; Nov. 26: Closed
Day After Thanksgiving; Nov. 27: 5:30am - 4pm

YMCA National Capital closing as of dec. 31

In order for the Y to stay relevant and responsive, we continuously evaluate ways to maximize our limited nonprofit resources, which can include restructuring operations to meet changing needs and emerging gaps. The Y is once again redefining how we serve the community by making some changes in the coming months that we wish to share with you – our members and partners in this mission.

The Board of Directors of the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington has decided to sell the YMCA National Capital facility, located at 1711 Rhode Island Avenue, NW. The facility will close as of December 31, 2015. Members, click here to learn more.

We anticipate that many employees, as well as popular programs, will find a home at YMCA Anthony Bowen, just one mile away from YMCA National Capital. Plans are underway to expand YMCA Anthony Bowen and modify the layout where needed in order to build capacity and satisfaction for the growing membership. This year, you can expect to see an expanded free weight room with more space and more equipment (targeted for completion by the end of 2015); the opening of the Carriage House (located just behind the facility) in November that will feature two new Group Exercise studios; and increasing the availability of the most popular group exercise class options in January 2016.


Stop by our massage room to learn how the benefits of massage can be a part of your better YOU! A Touch of Health Therapeutic Massage is eager to create a massage program that is tailored to your specific needs at YMCA National Capital! Therapeutic massage is the systematic manipulation of muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue. Massage seeks to restore balance and brings the body to a normal state of relaxation. Click here to see the bios of our therapists! To view the list of services or to make an appointment, go to www.ATouchofHealthMassage.com or call 703-801-2429.

Explore martial arts

Tae Kwon Do
Mondays & Wednesdays at 7pm!
Are you looking for a unique integrated training that builds strength, gets your heart pumping, and will make you feel more confident? Tae Kwon Do at YMCA National Capital is just that! Tae Kwon Do is an art of self-defense, with emphasis on developing physical and mental agility as well as self-discipline through graceful techniques, power, and beauty of physical form.

Tae Kwon Do is taught by Howard Davis, a Kukkiwon 5th Dan Black Belt who has been teaching the class at YMCA National Capital for the past 37 years. Classes consist of warm-up calisthenics, stretches, kicking and punching drills, sparring and self-defense techniques, and forms. Beginners through black belts are welcome. Click here to register!

Krav Maga
Mondays at 7:30pm & Wednesdays at 6:30pm!

Krav Maga, the official hand-to-hand combat system of the Israeli Defense Forces and the preferred system for U.S. Military and law enforcement personnel, is not a traditional martial arts system. There are no rituals. There are no Katas. This reality-based system is based on simple principles and instinctive movements, designed to teach real self defense in the shortest possible time.

Y-Martial Arts classes are taught under the leadership of DC’s top Krav Maga instructor, self defense expert and 2011 MMA World Champion, Chris Torres. Students will learn a practical approach to self defense together, and through realistic training drills, burn fat and build muscle in uniquely fun and challenging way. Take unlimited classes for only $45 per month.


When school is out for parent conferences or federal holidays, the Y has camps to keep your child learning and growing! YMCA National Capital provides a safe, fun and enriching environment for your child to spend these days out of school. Please pack a lunch, snack, water, comfortable clothing, and a bathing suit (most days will have a swim period).
  • FULL Days Out will be scheduled FIELD TRIPS, unless noted otherwise. See the list of trips on the forms attached here.
*Space is limited for each camp day, so sign up now!  If you have any questions, please email Platrina Alexander, Assistant Program Director of Youth Development, for more information! Registration forms can also be emailed to Platrina or faxed to 202-833-9571.

All participants are required to have a Full Membership or Program Membership. If you are registering without a valid membership, a Program Membership will be added to the account for your child to participate. Pricing varies depending on the type of membership.  See the forms for more information.


We are proud to partner with Ross Elementary School and School Without Walls at Francis Stevens Education Campus (SWWFS) to provide Extended Hours School Age Child Care!

If you have any questions, please email Platrina Alexander, Assistant Program Director of Youth Development for more information.
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