Affiliate Programs


Judo was invented in Japan in 1882, and has been an Olympic sport since 1964. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice (randori). A judo practitioner is called a judoka.

Sensei Yoshinaga

Head Instructor

Takayuki Yoshinaga sensei is an 8th degree Black Belt from the Kodokan, and one of the highest-ranking judo instructors in the U.S. Yoshinaga sensei started judo at age 9. After capturing many secondary school titles, He represented Kokushikan University’s competition team for all four years before graduating in 1964.

In 1969, Yoshinaga sensei was dispatched to the United States and has now been owner and head instructor of the Midwest Buddist Kokushikan Judo Academy in Chicago Illinois for over 41 years. He has also held positions of instruction at the Chicago Police Academy, US Judo’s Nation- al Women’s Training Camp in Colorado Springs, at various scholastic settings and is the former Promotion Chairman of the Chicago Blackbelt Association.
He is currently a member of the US Judo Kata Committee. Yoshinaga sensei believes that one should enjoy all aspects of judo and refers to “jibunni katsu”, the Japanese notion: “to make yourself a champion, conquer yourself before conquering others”.


Monday & Wednesday 8:00 – 9:30pm
To register, call David at 773.612.8837
or email
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Wing Tsun

WingTsun is a southern style of Chinese kung fu.  WingTsun (also known as Wing Chun) is an art focused on self defense and health, based on Taoist principles.  The philosophy behind WT is economy of motion and the use of linear lines of defense and attack to finish a confrontation as quickly as possible.  WT is similar to western boxing in the sense that there are less unique movements, with the focus being more on the quality of fewer techniques.  WT is a primarily a striking art.  We train for one to one, one to multiple, and defense against weapons.  There are three empty hand forms, the wooden dummy form, long pole and double sword forms in the system.  These six forms are the basis for the fighting techniques we use.  The techniques are trained using a unique method called chi sau, or clinging arms.  This training method relies on tactile sensitivity to sense attacks as well as respond with your own attacks.  A core motto in WT is – if the way is free, go forward.Class is conducted in an open and friendly environment.  Students of all levels train together so that the more senior students can coach the more junior students.  Chinese kung fu uses a familial structure, where the teacher is called “Sifu” (kung fu father) and your classmates are called “Sihingdai” (kung fu brothers and sisters). 


Monday & Wednesday from 7 – 8pm
Sunday from 1 – 2pm

Please contact Sifu Steve Chan at or 773 910 2046 for more information.