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327 North Eric Drive
Palatine, IL, 60067
United States


Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs is the Chicago Suburb's Top Karate School. Classes are taught through the Park District and by experienced instructors. 

What to Expect

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After signing up at your local park district, classes will begin within a few weeks and here is what you can expect:

  • The  class will line up in a single file line to bow in prior to class beginning. Bowing is a gesture of respect and humility, as the instructor will be bowing back to the students. 

  • Your instructor will warm up the class with some stretching and light exercises. 

  • The students will begin by learning basic introductory Shotokan karate techniques such as front stance, horse stance, front punch, and rising block.

  • Depending on how quickly you are picking up the techniques, your instructor may begin to teach the first Kata (form) for a white belt called Taikyoku Shodan.

  • Throughout the semester, you will learn more advanced techniques, and even begin to do partner drills or Kumite (fighting). As the session goes on, and as you progress through the various belt ranks, you can expect karate to help you improve your total wellbeing – physically and mentally.
  • The students will bow out at the end of class.