Community Center Programs

Our community center programs are a great opportunity for children and youth to participate in FMA programs at the local community centers. Our program not only teaches the strong foundations of traditional Japanese Shotokan karate, but also cultivates important life skills for children of all ages. Our emphasis on character development encourages children to be respectful, courteous, humble, and thoughtful of others. Good deeds at home, school, and in the community are discussed and praised in class. We employ our S.A.F.E. curriculum, which gives students the skills to deal with threatening and non-threatening situations with integrity and intelligence.

Safety – Children develop the tools they need to recognize potentially harmful and dangerous situations, and respond appropriately to them. Children learn about situational awareness in a fun, non-threatening way.

Anti-Bullying – Students learn how to identify bullying, help others around them, and report incidents immediately to adults. We also teach our students strategies they can use to diffuse bullying in a non-violent way, by using anger guards, word blocks, and other verbal techniques.

Fitness – Martial arts is an excellent form of exercise and fitness development.  Using our elite karate athlete and certified personal trainer expertise, we fuse the best of martial arts and modern exercise science to develop children athletically. Young children practice gross motor skills for their physical development, while older children gain speed, mobility, strength and coordination from our karate fitness program.

Empowerment – As former Karate World Champions, Pan Am Games Gold Medalists, and US Olympic Athletes of the Year, we teach children the importance of setting goals, perseverance, and continuous effort. Students learn the important life lessons of overcoming obstacles, understanding that failure equals feedback, believing in themselves, harnessing the power of a positive mental attitude, and focusing on the task at hand. Empowering our students allows them to develop the confidence and assertiveness they need to say “No” to an adult or their peers in a potentially dangerous situation.

We have had programs in these local community centers & programs

  • Chicago – Apachi Summer Camp (Northside)
  • Chicago – Apachi Summer Camp (Hyde Park)
  • Evanston – Chandler-Newberger (All ages and levels)
  • Evanston – Robert Crown (All ages and levels)
  • Northbrook – YMCA (All ages and levels)

The list keeps growing. If you are interested in having karate at your center, call 847.866.0200 ext 6 or email

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