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Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Chicago Martial Arts Teachers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

A Center for the Martial Arts

A Center for the Martial Arts is a no contract dojo offering martial arts training for children, teens, adults, seniors, and families. Aikido classes are available for students of all ages and include weapons training. American Kenpo is presented in the effective self-defense style of Grandmaster Edmund K. Parker and DanZan Ryu Jujitsu is modeled on the self-defense techniques of Henry Seishiro Okazaki. Tai Chi classes are available in the Temple Style for adults and teens. The Worth center is open seven days a week.

Beverly Pagoda Martial Arts Academy

Beverly Pagoda Martial Arts Academy, Inc. offers classes in Pagoda Ryu, karate, Tae Kwon Do, judo, self-defense, and grappling for students of all ages. The Lead Instructor, Shihan Kates, Sr., holds the levels of Sixth Dan-Renshi, Sixth Dan-Pagoda Ryu, Sixth Dan-Shorin Ryu-TKD, and is a certified Judo Coach. Kali Silat is available from certified Kali Instructor, Sensei Digby, and Aikido Yoshinkan is taught by Sensei Charles.

Chicago, IL 60643


Chicago Kitoh Shotokan-Sugiyama Karate Do

Chicago Kitoh Shotokan-Sugiyama Karate-Do teaches traditional Shotokan karate classes in Chicago for adults and children in the style developed by Sensei Shojiro Sugiyama. The Chief Instructor, George Schlauder, has practiced traditional Shotokan Karate for 30 years and holds numerous affiliations including the International Traditional Karate Federation, American Amateur Karate Federation, World Traditional Fudo-Shotokan Karate-Do Federation, and more. Other Master Instructors assist during regular classes with Sensei Sugiyama teaching on Thursday evenings.

Chicago, IL 60659


EKF Martial Arts

EKF Martial Arts is a martial arts studio in Chicago offering training for Chinese kickboxing, Wushu or Kungfu, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, and Mixed Martial Arts for self-defense and fitness. Special classes in Kungfu are available for children only. Mixed Martial Arts classes are recommended for advanced students trained in various phases of combat including stand-up fighting, clinch fighting, and ground fighting. Membership packages offer unlimited training or morning classes only for a monthly fee.

Forteza Fitness, Physical Culture and Martial Arts

Forteza Fitness, Physical Culture and Martial Arts is a unique martial arts studio offering a combination of traditional martial arts and modern self-defense with personalized fitness training, nutritional counseling, and more. The 100-year old facility is the midwest’s only full-time school teaching traditional western martial arts and historical swordplay. The school is also home to the Forteza Combatives Method that blends Bare-knuckle boxing, Catch-wrestling, with martial blade concepts and the Bartitsu Club of Chicago dedicated to the revival of the Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes, a unique Victorian fighting discipline.

Chicago, IL 60640


Glenview ATA Black Belt Academy

Glenview ATA Black Belt Academy teaches martial arts to students of all ages and fitness levels since 2007 and all academy instructors are certified to teach martial arts safely with over 10 years of teaching experience. Their training curriculum focuses on three specific age groups beginning with pre-school karate for kids, youth classes, and martial arts for adults and teens. The Glenview Academy also offers classes for Kav Maga for self-defense and fitness to students of all experience levels and backgrounds.

Glenview, IL 60026


Hyun's Hapkido Taekwondo & Self-Defense Schools

Hyun’s Hapkido Taekwondo & Self-Defense Schools offer two Chicago locations for students of all ages and levels of experience. Grandmaster Kwang Seek Hyun holds a 10th degree Black Belt in Hapkido and has trained over 12,000 students and 9,000 police and corrections officers in the US since 1969. The school holds multiple awards, recognition, and letters of appreciation and is cited by the American Tae Kwon Do Federation and the National Martial Arts Research Foundation as “one of the top 10 schools in the US.”

Chicago, IL 60652


Krav Maga Force

Krav Maga Force is an official Krav Maga Alliance training center in Chicago offering programs in fitness and self-defense using a variety of martial arts techniques. Krav Maga classes are available for adults, children, and teenagers. Other programs include self-defense workshops for women, force training for law enforcement and military officers only, a program created specifically for the corporate workplace and VIP training designed for individuals or third party protectors hired to protect high profile persons.

Lions Tae Kwon Do & Kung Fu

Lions Tae Kwon Do & Kung Fu is a martial arts training facility in Chicago offering classes for children and adults. The master instructor, Gabriel Serrato, holds a fourth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has more than 25 years of experience. His assistant instructor and son, Diego Serrato, began his training at the age of three in 2007 and holds a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a black belt in Shaolin Kung Fu. He also holds more than 20 trophies and medals earned in competitions.

Master S.H. Yu Martial Arts & Fitness Associates

Master S.H. Yu Martial Arts & Fitness Associates led by Grandmaster Yu, a ninth Dan, teaches traditionally focused classes in martial arts. Master Yu offers a 12-week program teaching an integration of skills from Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, karate, Kung Fu, judo, and Aikido. This program includes unlimited classes during the week for children and adults in Oak Park and River Forest. Martial arts camps are available throughout the year focusing on skills such as nunchucks, ninja camp, and airborne kicks.

Oak Park, IL 60302


Mind Body Defense

Mind Body Defense offers classes and workshops in self-defense and kickboxing as developed by Head Instructor, Torriente Toliver, at his studio in Chicago. All classes are one hour and focus on kickboxing skills, self-defense, and weapons training. Private lessons, workshops, and seminars are also available.

Chicago, IL 60613


Pure Woori Taekwondo & Hapkido Academy

Pure Woori Taekwondo & Hapkido Academy is the Chicago dojo of Master Asad, a certified Fourth Degree Black Belt Taekwondo WTF and certified Second Degree Black Belt Hapkido. The Academy offers Taekwondo classes divided by age with a peewee class for students aged three to six, two children’s classes for students six and up teaching basics and sparring, and an adult class in advanced Taekwondo and Hapkido for students age 14 and up. Private lessons are available upon request.

Self Defense Center

Self Defense Center is a certified Kenpo Karate dojo in Chicago offering classes for students of every age and ability. Kenpo Karate combines traditional Chinese and Japanese martial arts into a practical self-defense system. The center has an introductory special of three 30-minute private karate lessons to enable students to evaluate the training style and expertise of the instructors before making a longer term commitment.

Chicago, IL 60618


Shuri Karate Dojo

Shuri Karate Dojo was founded in 1995 to teach children and adults a traditional style of karate founded on the small Japanese island of Okinawa. The dojo holds weekly and biweekly classes for those aged 6 and above, and it uses a structured syllabus to take students from beginner to black belt and beyond. Adam Carter has been practicing karate for more than 45 years and is ranked 7th dan black belt.

8648 W 103rd St
Palos Hills, IL 60465


Tandang Garimot Martial Arts & Wellness

Tandang Garimot Martial Arts & Wellness offers classes in the Filipino martial art of Garimot Arnis de Mano at DePaul University campus in Lincoln Park for adults and children. The studio offers free trial classes, six-month contracts for Filipino martial arts, Rooster Dojo Gold membership, Tai Chi with unlimited classes, and a one-year membership program. Other options are available for part-time students and there is no start-up fee for new members.

Ultimage Martial Arts

Ultimate Martial Arts teaches a variety of martial arts and fitness classes at their training center in Lincolnwood. The state-of-the-art center features the latest equipment, two training studios, spacious changing rooms, and more. Classes are available in Krav Maga, kids martial arts, Muay Thai, yoga, Zumba, and more for students of all ages and levels of experience. The owner and founder of Ultimate Martial Arts, Master Pena, has nearly 30 years of instruction experience and an impressive list of Tae Kwon Do credentials, awards, and champion students to his credit.

Lincolnwood, IL 60712


Warrior Institute of Chicago, Inc.

Warrior Institute of Chicago, Inc. teaches traditional Korean martial arts incorporating most of the skills and techniques of fighting found in karate, Tae Kwon Do, judo, Aikido, Hapkido, Kung Fu, mixed martial arts, Ju-Jitsu, wrestling, and boxing into a single program. Classes are available for students of every age and level of expertise. The school also offers classes in yoga and a birthday party package for young warriors.

Chicago, IL 60643


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