kick out pd

Kick Out PD is a program, in partnership with researchers at Rush University Hospital, that studies the effects of karate on people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). The first study was met with so much enthusiasm that we have incorporated it into our regular curriculum.  Recent studies have indicated that martial arts can be beneficial for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease by increasing mobility, balance, coordination, and overall well-being. Students with PD will work with the instructors and use karate’s movements and mindfulness practices to work on all four of those areas. We will be working closely with the staff at Rush University’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Program to continually learn best practices for patients and new developments in Parkinson’s research as it relates to karate.

  • For individuals with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Class time: 60 min


September 12, 2021

In conjunction with Traditional Karate Club of Wilmette, we invite all Fonseca Martial Arts students to train outdoors on Sunday, September 12th from 9-11 am at  West Park in Wilmette. This special training celebrates the tenacity and community of both dojos’ students who battle Parkinson’s Disease using karate. Every student is welcome to this event. Training is free for students with Parkinson’s Disease, and a $10 donation is suggested for all other students. Pre-registration is not necessary. Cash may be given at the event, or a digital donation may be made by clicking the button below. All proceeds will go to the NorthShore University’s Parkinson’s Disease Fund.


The Kick Out PD program has made National headlines for its breakthroughs in keeping Parkinson’s Disease in check. View some of the stories below.

Kick Out PD works on a traditional belt system with multiple testing opportunities.