Barrington Tiger Academy has been at its current location for seven years and claims to be the number one Martial Arts school in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. They have been teaching traditional martial arts in the greater lake county area for over 34 years, and their classes provide both adult and children’s programs that teach compassion, integrity, perseverance, and self confidence as well as the physical aspects of martial arts. The academy offers training in Kimudo, Jujitsu, Hapkido, MMA training, Traditional Weapons training, Kickboxing, TNT private lessons, and nutrition programs. Reviews speak of a fantastic fusion arts school mixing traditional and modern training techniques, that is highly recommended for anyone wanting to become a well rounded martial artist, adult and children alike.
Barrington, IL(847) 772-1543
Family Martial Arts in Palatine offers a range of classes for men, women, teens, and children that promote both mental and physical development in addition to learning the techniques of the art. The comprehensive programs at Family Martial Arts emphasize balance, coordination, strength, discipline, respect, and self-confidence. The studio’s chief instructor, Master Seoung Lee earned his Bachelor of Arts in tae kwon do at Kei-Myung University in Korea. Master Seoung Lee attained his certificate of qualification as a tae kwon do master from Kukkiwon, the World Tae Kwon Do Headquarters, among other credentials. Family Martial Arts offers tae kwon do classes for different age groups such as children under five years old, kindergarten-aged children to first graders, second graders to fourth graders, and children in fifth grade and above. Adult classes are for students ages 13 and older. The studio’s adult and family classes teach a combination of techniques from the martial arts styles of tae kwon do and hapkido.
Palatine, IL(847) 359-4000
Illinois Martial Arts Academy in Lakewood offers a range of classes for students ages four and up. The academy’s children’s program offers instruction in basic self-defense and emphasizes other skills such as self-discipline, focus, respect for others, and group interaction skills for kids ages four to seven. Children’s classes incorporate plenty of encouragement and positive reinforcement and always take place in a safe and non-competitive atmosphere. The academy’s youth program consists of students ranging from eight to 12 years old. Illinois Martial Arts Academy has adult classes that teach a form of self-defense that combines traditional Japanese and Brazilian styles of JuJitsu and applies them to real-life situations to create a comprehensive approach to self-defense. Other adult classes the academy offers include a kickboxing program and a weaponry program.
Lakewood, IL(815) 477-4622
Craig Ing, the owner of Ing Martial Arts & Advanced Training in Schaumburg, is a lifelong martial artist with more than 25 years of teaching experience. He holds ranks in multiple martial arts styles, has degrees in teaching and kinesiology, and is an author, lecturer and accomplished therapist specializing in orthopedics and sports medicine. As well as martial arts, there are classes in Tai Chi, self-defense, and rehabilitation. There are also private and small group personal training sessions that are tailored to the needs of the individual or group. Reviews recommend the training for helping to increase balance, flexibility, muscle tone, and fluidity of movement.
Schaumburg, IL(847) 754-5064
iTiger Martial Art Center at Lake Zurich has been in its current location for two years and is open to all ages: boys, girls, men and women, and all skill levels. The benefits of Tae Kwon Do extend to building confidence, concentration, friendship, and healthy bodies. The proprietor, Master Kim is a licensed instructor and certified PE teacher as well as being a 6th dan Black Belt, a National Championship Medalist, and an official USAT referee. There is a full schedule of classes Mondays through Saturdays and a competition team taking part in various tournaments. Reviews describe iTiger as an incredible family run martial arts center with participants who win many tournaments while learning discipline, respect, and confidence.
Lake Zurich, IL(224) 545-7892
Kyuki-Do Martial Arts in Elgin combines elements of tae kwon do, judo, hapkido, jujitsu, karate, boxing, wrestling, and other martial arts and styles of combat. Kyuki-Do Martial Arts offers classes for men, women, and children. The studio’s owner, Master Jeff Kim, is a sixth-degree black belt in kyuki-do. Master Jeff Kim’s father, Ok Hyung Kim, is the founder of the kyuki-do style and of the American Kyuki-Do Federation. Kyuki-Do Martial Arts organizes its classes based on skill level as opposed to age because this method makes it easier for families to attend classes and advance through the levels together, if they so wish. The academy’s pre-kindergarten program is for children ages two and a half to six years old and focuses on the development of skills like listening, self-control, and cooperation. The studio’s basic martial arts program is open to students ages seven and up. The advanced martial arts program that Kyuki-Do Martial Arts offers is designed to prepare students to earn their black belts.
Elgin, IL(847) 289-0000
Kyuki-Do Martial Arts of Sleepy Hollow was founded in 2017 and trains kids, adults, and families in the art of Kyuki-Do which is a blend of Judo, Tae Kwon Do, and Hapkido created in 1967 by Grand Master Ok Hyung Kim. Their programs are for children as young as 6 years old as well as adults of all ages and abilities. The classes teach students respect and integrity while also helping them to learn the practical techniques and knowledge needed to defend and protect themselves in any situation. There is a regular weekly schedule of classes Mondays through Thursdays, and reviews say that the instructor, Mr. Graziano, is skilled, knowledgeable, and humble and knows how to run a fun and disciplined class.
St.Sleepy Hollow, IL(224) 281-2601
Moodo Martial Arts in Schaumburg is the martial arts studio of Master Koo, a former Olympic coach and Idaho State University instructor with black belts in tae kwon do, judo, and yong moo do. Master Koo received his Bachelor of Arts in judo at Young-In University in South Korea. Since then, he has gone on to place within the top five at national judo competitions in Korea and various contests all over the United States. Moodo Martial Arts offers different judo classes for adults, children ages six and up, and children from ages three to six. The program designed for three- to six-year-olds consists of six belts and a six-stripe system and teaches skills and characteristics such as respect, obedience, cooperation, concentration, and discipline and helps them to build a sense of self-confidence. Once a child advances to the next level, from then on up, classes are based on the black belt program, which consists of 13 belts and a six-stripe system.
Schaumburg, IL(847) 890-3698
South Elgin Budokan Martial Arts is an extensively equipped facility that has instructors with multiple skills offering a greater diversity of disciplines than other dojos. Their flagship Bujutsu program is a dynamic style that was established in the 1960s and is a blend of contributions from modern and traditional disciplines. They also offer classes in Judo, Tai Chi, Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts and many other disciplines with youth, adult, and family classes available. The center regularly and successfully enters tournaments and has been voted the Reader's Choice 2017 Best Martial Arts School in Kane County. Reviews say that this is an excellent facility with top-notch, world-class instructors, kid-friendly, and with lots of disciplines and programs.
South Elgin, IL(847) 888-8866
Z’s Martial Arts Academy in Huntley has a curriculum that incorporates elements of martial arts disciplines such as karate, kickboxing, muay thai, boxing, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu to create a program that explores all aspects of self-defense. Master Shihan Rob Zbilski of Z’s Martial Arts Academy is a seventh-degree black belt who has been certified by some of the country’s top martial artists. Sensei Kyle Huffman is a third-degree black belt who has been studying martial arts since he was four years old. Z’s Martial Arts Academy offers classes for children as young as four years old. The academy’s first level class teaches children ages four to seven focus, discipline, and respect for others, as well as the skills they will need in order to advance to the next level of martial arts. Classes that teach children ages eight to 13 focus on building muscle tone, flexibility, coordination, and stamina. Z’s Martial Arts Academy offers classes for adults in boxing, kickboxing, and karate.
Huntley, IL(847) 669-7833