Youth Martial Arts

Illinois Shotokan Karate

Children and adults alike, enjoy learning the art of karate. Classes are taught by Illinois Shotokan Karate Club's expert instructors under the direction of John DiPasquale, four-time National Champion, U.S. Karate National Coach and President of the National Karate Federation of the U.S. Beginner students will not be permitted to register into the current session after the second class has met. Registration for continuers through advanced students will be accepted after the start date, but the full class fee is required.


Imagine what an advantage you will have now, and in the future, by learning martial arts today. Imagine how your self-esteem will be enhanced, how self-confident you will become, and how you will learn to set goals and work to achieve them, all while learning respect for yourself and others. Imagine that “attitude is everything” and you will never give up in any aspect of your life. This is Taekwondo.

Taekwondo is another form of martial arts. The benefits of Taekwondo include character building, confidence, self-esteem, discipline, focus, perseverance, physical fitness, improved balance, coordination, strength, and flexibility. The instructor is Barry Weisberg, who has over 35 years of experience in Taekwondo. Mr. Weisberg recently retired as a high school principal and teacher. 

Classes are for new and returning students ages 6 through adults. Uniforms can be purchased the first day of class. 

*Precautions per Illinois guidelines: Masks are to be worn by students and spectators, social distancing, wiping down targets, no sparring, and other protocols are followed.