Our Karate Programs
All classes are taught by instructors of the Illinois Shotokan Karate Club under the direction of John Di Pasquale, four-time National Champion, United States Karate National Team Coach, current USA Karate President and national Faculty Member of ACEP (American Coaching Effectiveness Program). All of our programs are held at Park District Facilities and taught by karate instructors with 15+ years of experience. Learn more about our karate instructors in a full list here.
Pre-Karate (4-7 Years)
This age is such an important developmental time and its crucial to lay a good foundation when it comes to teaching positive self-esteem, discipline and how to develop their memory and agility skills necessary to be successful in school and in other sports! Karate is great for keeping children active, away from their devices and a fun individual sport
Parent & child (7 Years & Up)
There’s very few sports where you get to participate with your child and spend time together while being active. Our Parent & Child helps you and your child develop muscle tone, coordination, cardiovascular fitness and karate skills. Regardless of age, weight or current physical condition, karate can put your family on the right track to physical well-being.
Adult (15 Years & up)
Whether you are a teenager looking to improve your physical fitness or an adult looking to release tension from work while getting in a good workout, our Adult karate program is a great addition to your schedule. This class is a must for the single parent wishing to protect themselves and family through learning real life self defense skills.
Youth (8-14 years)
Elementary and middle school can be a tough time for some children and karate is a great way to release tensions brought on by school and peers. The confidence gained through karate helps foster a strong positive self-image as children enter their teenage years. Karate can improve your child’s sports, school and social activities.