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About Our School
We have a few simple goals here: To help you to develop the physical skills needed to survive an altercation, as well as to also equip you with the mental, physical and emotional tools needed to achieve your goals in life.
Confidence. Discipline. Focus.
Not only do we teach you the authentic techniques of martial arts (karate), we also help you to uncover its ancient wisdom. This will aid you in increasing your self-confidence, learning how to use your time more efficiently, and developing laser-like focus to go after all of your goals in martial arts as well as in life.
From our professional equipment to the design of our facility – everything is geared towards keeping you safe and injury-free. From the stretching every limb in your body to promoting support and friendship among all of our students, we promise to keep you safe and sound.
Our facility is cleaned daily to create a productive, enjoyable atmosphere. We take no shortcuts so as to ensure that you, and all of our students, stay healthy.
We strive to achieve the greatest levels of expertise in martial arts (karate) that we can. We have the experience and knowledge to teach you each technique in the most efficient, effective, and enjoyable way. Our methods create a strong, respectful bond between the student and teacher.
Our goal is to make our martial arts (karate) training as fun as possible. Each class is infused with light-hearted moments to break up the intense focus and concentration, giving you the perfect balance of serious focus and having fun.
What Separates Us from Other Chicagoland Schools
Internationally Certified Instructors
All of our instructors have met and exceeded international standards for Korean Martial arts. All of our instructors’ ranks are certified by the Korean Government. Our Chief Instructor, Oren Headen is the only Internationally Certified 6th Degree, Master Level Instructor in the art of Kuk Sool in the Chicagoland Area. Instructor Headen received his certification to Master Level Instructor Rank in Busan, South Korea, making him one of the only instructors to receive this certification in the region.
Network of Affiliated Schools
Our school is a proud member of a worldwide organization committed to the advancement of Korean Martial Arts. All members have access to other martial arts schools all over the world. Our students are given the opportunity to train and compete in Korea as well as other countries/continents throughout the world (including by not limited to Canada, Germany, Brazil, Iran, Panama, Korea, China).
Top Instructor Award
Our Instructors were ranked by an independent study to be rated in the top 17 in 2017 out of over 429 schools in the Chicagoland area. Our Instructors have over 70 years of combined martial arts teaching experience.
Our Instructors use a wide range of training tools from ancient and modern times, giving our students the experience of traditional training methods which we disseminate through modern technology platforms such as Instructional DVDs, Web Cast, Streaming Services, Strength Training Devices and Online Classes.
Our Program teaches all 21 of the traditional Korean Weaponry offered. (Including staff, sword, archery, knife throwing, firearm, ax, etc.)
Benefits of Training at Our Schools
With confidence comes enhanced self-esteem. Here at the Warrior Institute of Chicago, Inc. we have several tools we implement that boost self-esteem levels. With a heighten since of self worth our students demonstrate greater self-respect and self-esteem. Courtesy and respect for others shows a sense of cooperation, appreciation of others, modesty, and community. Each student’s Martial Arts journey is a unique set of ‘personal victories’ that are rewarding, motivating, and structured for personal self-improvement both mentally and physically
Martial arts training is centered around self-discipline. Martial Arts training and academic training have a common goal. That goal is to create a transformation in attitude and action within a student, leading to a successful, productive member of the community. The focal point is ingrained in all of our students from day one. In our modern society, instant gratification plagues the population and is one of the key reasons why people find it hard to achieve their goals in life. Here at the Warrior Institute of Chicago we place self-discipline at the forefront of our training methods. We realize the power of the mind, and a disciplined mind leads to a productive and high achieving individual.
Martial arts training is the type of physical activity that never gets boring. Training in Martial Arts is far more holistic than merely going to a gym three times a week to run on a treadmill or lift weights. The martial arts demand mental, physical and even spiritual fitness. With thousands of techniques, physical skills and actives, training stays fresh, new and challenging. Martial Arts requires that students push back the limits of their own boundaries and grow in ways they may have never thought possible. Along with this personal growth comes a re-evaluation of views of ourselves. Our facility and program incorporates fun and exciting training concepts with a traditional cultural exchange of activities designed to enhance and unite the mind, body and spirit. Getting fit is not just purely physical but all encompassing and designed to be life changing.
Sense of Respect
Traditional Martial Arts students develop a discipline, respect, and courtesy through a curriculum and culture that focuses on fitness, self-defense, and self-confidence within the context of home, school and community.Self-worth and self-esteem develop from accomplishing goals is one of the key benefits Martial Arts students obtain. In school, this could be completing a book on time or receiving a good grade on a test. In Martial Arts, this can come from receiving an award, winning a trophy, or moving up in rank and belt color. Martial Arts students learn how to achieve big, long-term goals by setting smaller goals and working toward them in succession. This process of mapping a path and hitting benchmarks on the way to long-term ambitions is critical to success – in Martial Arts, academic, professional, and personal achievement.
Our Programs help our students deal with Bullying
Nearly one in three students in the U.S. report being bullied during the school year. Approximately 20 percent of high schoolers report being bullied during the school year, while nearly 15 percent report being bullied online (cyber-bullying). What’s more eye opening is that only about 36 percent of children who are bullied actually report it.
The effects of bullying can be devastating. Reports have shown that students who are bullied have an increased risk of depression, anxiety, difficulty sleeping and poor performance in school. These children are also more likely to experience negative health effects such as headaches and stomach problems.
If you want to help your child learn self-defense and build up their confidence to resist bullies, or if you are experiencing bullying as an adult, Warrior Institute of Chicago offers martial arts classes to both children and adults. We’re dedicated to helping families in our area deal with bullying in all its forms. The our programs teaches defensive techniques and how to defuse confrontations with words first, before the use of violent techniques. Our “real world” Anti-Bully Self-Defense program gives your child the skills and confidence to react quickly and smartly to protect themselves.