The instructors at Chicago Combat MMA are skilled in many forms of fighting: boxing, kickboxing, judo, jujitsu, and the Indonesian art of pencak silat to name a few. They draw from each of these fighting styles to teach mixed martial arts in their sprawling gym space, which features a boxing ring, wrestling circles, and artistic graffiti.
Midwest Academy of Taekwondo is a martial arts school serving the Chicagoland area since 1985. We specialize in Taekwondo self defense for men, women & children. We also offer Hapkido instruction. Schedule your appointment today!
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 MMA, or kickboxing.
For owner Joe Zuniga, mixed martial arts is a family legacy passed down from his father and cultivated over 26 years into black belts in kodokan judo, goju-ryu karate, and five-animal-style wing chun kung fu. Thick mats inside the handsome brick gym stretch across the wide wooden floors, which also bear the weight of heavy bags, speed bags, and play-doh used to build bodies at the bench press. The modern studio—sans boxing ring—enjoys ample light from picture windows to highlight maneuvers, grow ferns, and display fear-inspiring pikes in carved wood frames.
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.