Sensei John Fonseca is the Chief Karate Instructor at our Evanston and Chicago dojos (schools) and owner of Fonseca Martial Arts. Sensei Fonseca has been competing in national and international tournaments since age seven and became the first American to medal at the Karate World Championships in almost 20 years.
He is the only male karate athlete in the world to win repeat gold medals at the Pan American Games and was the first American karate athlete to win the Paris Open in over 30 years. He currently holds a fifth degree black belt in Shotokan karate. His accomplishments are recognized both nationally and internationally and earned him the U.S. Olympic Committee's Athlete of the Year award for three years running and an induction into the USAKF's, Master's, and Black Belt Magazine's Halls of Fame.
Training award-winning athletes
Sensei Fonseca has been teaching children and adults martial arts for the last twenty years. In 2003, he opened Elite Martial Arts & Fitness in Skokie, Illinois (now named Fonseca Martial Arts). In 2008, he relocated the dojo to Evanston where it remains today. The dojo has afforded Sensei Fonseca and his staff the ability to instruct several hundred students in the art of Karate and Judo, and Fonseca Martial Arts students continue to take top medals in the local, regional and national karate competition in which they’ve competed. Through martial arts instruction, students develop respect for others, a sense of personal responsibility and discipline as they develop their technique and skills. FMA's curriculum and approach are designed to work with people of all levels of skill and fitness, from beginning to advanced, to bring out the best in every individual.
The FMA Programs have now expanded into local schools, park districts, and corporate locations.