Kensho Martial Arts


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Seventh-degree black belt draws from global martial-arts & yoga traditions to teach classes that cultivate strength, stamina & discipline

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Promotional value expires Jul 11, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Must activate by 7/11/12, 8-class option expires 30 days from activation date; 20-class option expires 45 days from activation date. Valid only for option purchased. Must sign waiver. New members only. Classes are non-transferable. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Like practicing the piano while bench-pressing another piano, martial arts help develop strength and discipline simultaneously. Bolster your body and mind with today’s Groupon to Kensho Martial Arts, located inside Core Fitness. Choose between the following options:

  • For $39, you get an 8-class package (a $157.99 total value), which includes:
  • 8 martial-arts, yoga, or conditioning classes (a $128 value)
  • One uniform or T-shirt (a $29.99 value)
  • For $69, you get a 20-class package (a $349.99 total value), which includes:
  • 20 martial-arts, yoga, or conditioning classes (a $320 value)
  • One uniform or T-shirt (a $29.99 value)<p>

Named after a Zen term that means “initial awakening,” Kensho Martial Arts rouses sleepy fitness routines for beginners and advanced students alike with fighting techniques from around the world. Head instructor Roger Luri brings a seventh-degree black belt and 30 years of experience to each of his classes, which range from kickboxing to yoga. Luri employs a safe, structured, and fun environment to share the techniques that fighters and martial artists use to get in top shape. In addition to cultivating discipline, mixed-martial-arts classes for adults and kids impart enough self-defense strategies to defeat an octopus wielding four sets of nunchucks. Designed to melt calories, bolster core strength, and sculpt the arms and legs, kickboxing workouts draw from traditions as diverse as K-1, French savate, and Thai boxing. More than two dozen classes fill the weekly schedule, helping participants squeeze exercise into crowded calendars. Students also score a martial-arts uniform, which, unlike a fanny pack filled with helium, minimizes clothing-related distractions.

Kensho Martial Arts

At Kensho Martial Arts, students progress and earn rank in several kickboxing disciplines such as Muay Thai and Savate, as well as Kali, Silat, and Jun Fan. Practical adult mixed martial arts and self-defense classes are also available, while yoga and conditioning sessions help balance the physical demands of training. The facility is also kid-friendly, offering age-specific classes from toddlers to teenagers. The location's free garage parking allows parents to watch their kids without having to worry about filling the meter.

With over 30 years of experience, seventh-degree black belt Roger Luri brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to Kensho Martial Arts. As head instructor, Luri began his formative years in judo and kickboxing, going on to develop mastery in Thai and French boxing, for which he received the Silver Glove from the French Federation of Boxe Francaise Savate. Since then, he's continued to study a range of styles, which is evident in the variety of classes offered at his martial arts training facility.

Customer Reviews

I really enjoyed what I learned and will come back once money is not an issue.
Kelly H. · August 5, 2012
Very nice and helpful instructors.
Allyson B. · July 31, 2012
Definitely different experience than I thought. I thought it was just fitness classes, not a MMA program. I had planned on doing the kickboxing and yoga, but have really enjoyed my time! I wish I could continue, but unfortunately the price is out of my budget :(
Lauren J. · May 4, 2012
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    1030 W North Ave.

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    Chicago, Illinois 60642

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