The Elmhurst Park District offers a variety of martial arts classes from Karate to Taekwondo for ages 3 and up. Martial arts training can improve coordination, endurance, and self confidence, and we offer several classes for the whole family.
Ages 13 and up
Hapkido is a form of self-defense that employs joint locks, grappling and throwing techniques, pressure point manipulations, as well as kicks, punches and other striking attacks. Hapkido emphasizes circular motion, redirection of force and control of the opponent. Practitioners seek to gain advantage through footwork and body positioning to incorporate the use of leverage, avoiding the use of strength against strength. Ages 13 and up only, classes are not formatted for children. Instruction provided by Michael Inoshita, a certified 4th degree black belt in Sin Moo Hapkido.
Ages 6 and up
Taught in the traditional Japanese style, this program develops self-discipline, coordination, endurance, and self-confidence.
Ages 4 and up
Karate builds coordination, agility, strength, and poise, as well as establishing lasting personal safety skills. The mental benefits of karate are equal to - if not greater than - its physical benefits. Practicing this art results in increased self-esteem, in addition to enhancing discipline and control.
Kids' Karate & Safety Club
Ages 3 - 14
The Kids' Karate & Safety Club is more than just kick, punch & yell; this program targets many building blocks, including respect, self-esteem, self confidence, leadership, but most of all family involvement. This progressive martial arts program teaches the basics in karate, self defense, sparring, kata & children’s safety with belt progression through Black Belt. Parents may participate with their children at no cost as part of the Parent Helper Program.
Little Dragons Tang Soo Do Karate
Our children's classes are formatted to teach self-discipline and self-reliance. Classes feature dynamic martial arts activities to promote aerobic fitness, strength, flexibility and balance. Children are taught to overcome challenges in a constructive manner through positive reinforcement. Improved self-esteem learned in class enables children to better confront peer pressure and to pursue success in all aspects of their lives.
Ages 4 and up
One of the newest Olympic sports, Taekwondo is a 2000-year-old martial art, offering a variety of benefits for people of all ages and physical abilities. Skills are developed through gentle instruction and appropriate games for age and ability. This class focuses on developing balance, coordination, and respect for the discipline of martial arts training.
Tai Chi Chuan
Ages 18 and up
Tai Chi is appropriate for participants of any age or fitness level. The exercises are characterized by slow, graceful movements. Through practice you can expect to improve balance, coordination, flexibility & strength, reduce blood pressure, stress, release tension, and you can expect a feeling of positive energy to flow through your body. Tai Chi Chuan is proven as the most effective way to delay the onset of falling.
Tai Chi Express
Ages 18 and up
If you’ve wanted to try Tai Chi but lack the time or space to practice, this class is for you! The compact eight-step form is quick to learn and requires very little space, yet delivers the same benefits, making it ideal for busy adults. With regular practice, participants can improve balance, flexibility, posture and breathing; relieve stress; and reduce their risk of falling. Appropriate for participants of any age, ability or fitness level and no previous Tai Chi experience is necessary.
Children and Teen Tang Soo Do Karate
The gift of a long and successful life awaits your children through martial arts training. The study of karate encourages strong mental and physical development. Our classes build the foundations of balance, mobility, flexibility and strength that will last a lifetime. They will also learn respect, confidence, and discipline and develop the self-esteem needed in modern life.
Adult & Teen Tang Soo Do Karate
Ages 13 and up
Karate encourages both physical and mental development. Tang Soo Do classes develop a strong foundation of balance, mobility, flexibility and strength. You can expect to improve endurance, coordination and power for a great overall workout.
The Elmhurst Park District takes safety very seriously. As with any active sport or recreation, injuries can take place. Please see the following information related to concussions.