Tae kwon do is a complete self-improvement program, helping the student improve physically,mentally and spiritually! My teaching method makes tae kwon do fun and easy to learn,it offers a multitude of benefits that can be enjoyed by all people regardless of age or gender!
The masterful instructors at Keller’s Martial Arts nurture self-confidence and enhanced physical fitness in a variety of focused disciplines. Each of the instructors operates under the philosophy that learning a martial art heightens physical strength and endurance by burning calories and strengthening muscles, and bulwarks emotional fortitude by instilling a sense of achievement and self-mastery. The resulting inner peace nurtures continued learning and, like the ripples in a pool after an elephant's cannonball dive, ramifies to other areas of life. Commitment-free classes welcome newcomers to sample the discipline of their choice, such as hapkido, MMA, or kickboxing.
Born in Bulgaria in 1959, fencer Hristo Etropolski soon traded his rattle for a saber, competing twice in the Olympic Games—including a fifth-place finish in 1980—and earning medals in two World Championships. After settling down in 2005, Hristo founded Midwest Fencing Academy, where, as head coach, he draws on almost 40 years of competition and teaching experience to sharpen students’ sparring skills. Of his past protégés, one received a gold medal in the Junior World Cup, and many have secured fencing scholarships at Ivy League universities, where their mighty swords reign undefeated against opponents' puny pens.
Midwest Fencing Academy specializes in the lightest of fencing's three weapons, the saber, whose required speed and quick thinking puts students' hearts and reflexes to the test, building discipline and good sportsmanship. The facility boasts five regulation strips, four of which are wired with electronic scoring, and includes a large viewing space for friends or parents to shout French translations of witty retorts from the sidelines.
Since Grandmaster Kwang Seek Hyun founded his academy in 1971, it's grown to two locations, about 400 students at a time. A 10th-degree black belt and former instructor for the Korean Air Force, Cook County Police, and Naval Investigative Service, Grandmaster Hyun and his staff boast years of training, specializing in Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do, along with more general self-defense classes. The slogan at Hyun's Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do Schools is a simple, four-word phrase that was first uttered by the titular grandmaster himself: "Martial arts, not sports." This clarification seems subtle at first but conveys the seriousness with which instructors approach teaching the artful movements of each style as they instill their students with both physical and mental discipline.
Martial-arts expert and exercise guru Prentiss Rhodes fills the minds and fists of his students with wisdom and humility through martial-arts training and kettlebell classes. After working in chiropractic rehabilitation clinics training pro athletes, Prentiss went on to master martial arts such as hapkido, haganah, and tactical knife fighting. Prentiss is fascinated by the functional movements of the body and has worked with students with many medical conditions, from MS to stroke. Prentiss incorporates all aspects of fitness into his practice, stressing not just strength but also mobility and flexibility, which come in handy during arm-wrestling tournaments to determine who will be the new county treasurer.
Helmed by grand master Fred Degerberg, Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts whips exercisers of all experience levels into shape during high-intensity karate and mixed martial arts classes. Blending 300 different types of fighting styles, MMA classes help students build strength, develop mental discipline, and establish effective defense strategies against attackers or incoming flocks of confused carrier pigeons. Xtreme Fitness classes present a range of exercise options, from boot camps to women’s boxing sessions to kids' karate classes, which blend techniques such as kickboxing, jujitsu, and tae kwon do.
A nonprofit educational organization, The Peace School promotes tranquility of mind, body, and spirit through yoga, tae kwon do, and meditation courses that welcome students of all ages. Originally established in 1972 by Grand Master Myungsu Y.S. Kim, the school has been recognized by the United Nations, developed senior and nursing-home programs, and helped establish Peace Day, an annual Chicago celebration of peace and cultural institutions.
At the school, a coalition of experienced instructors—all of whom have trained for at least 10 years—leads students in three levels of yoga, traditional tae kwon do, and other exercises. Group practice, discussion, and lectures divulge the fundamentals of peace breathing meditation, while a hands-on self-defense for women class opens up discussion of attitude, confidence, and safety issues. Massage classes emphasize acupressure technique and deep breathing, while courses in infant massage can help babies sleep better.