Martial Arts in Andersonville, Chicago


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  • EKF Martial Arts
    If you've ever played Mortal Kombat II, you've met Coach Anthony Marquez. You probably just know him as Kung Lao, the Shao Lin monk sporting a razor-edged hat. After lending his likeness and skills to Midway Games for the iconic fighting title, he opened his own gym?EKF Martial Arts?to share his fighting style with real-life students. EKF actually stands for "Extreme Kung Fu," and Coach Tony, as students call him, teaches a lot of martial arts to adults and kids throughout the week. Kung fu's graceful, powerful movements help students improve flexibility, speed, and body control, both in unarmed fighting styles and weapon forms. Any Monday or Wednesday a visit to the gym might find students wielding one-time tools of war, from familiar swords and staffs to the exotic and strange rope darts and chain whips. Though Kung Fu is Coach Tony's specialty, he loves all forms of fighting. He himself also teaches competitive sanshou, a form of Chinese kickboxing known for its graceful takedowns. Other instructors at the gym?former and current professionals of various disciplines?cover muay thai, boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and, of course, MMA. The gym is home to a handful of MMA fighters who compete at the amateur level, and boast a nearly four-year long uninterrupted winning streak. The varied training regimen, which includes intense conditioning classes affectionately referred to as "The Eliminator," aims to produce well-rounded fighters with the strength, conditioning, and confidence to wear shorts of any length, at any time.
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    5951 N Clark St.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Vee-Vee's African Restaurant
    Vibrant yellow walls wrap around the intimate-café interior of Vee Vee’s African Restaurant as chefs churn out traditional West African cuisines focused on Nigerian delicacies. The casual BYOB atmosphere stimulates conversation as patrons nosh on starters of egusi soup and fried plantains sporting delectable caramelized edges, before introducing taste buds to more meat-centric entrees, such as jerk chicken partnered with much friendlier sides of rice and red beans. Highlighted by Centerstage Chicago, Vee Vee’s eatery makes an impression on locals and tourists afar hosting Black History Month dinners, pounding the pavement at college cultural festivals, and as a "staple at neighborhood festivals throughout the city including the Taste of Chicago."
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    6232 N Broadway St
    Chicago, IL US
  • Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts
    Helmed by grand master Fred Degerberg, Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts whips exercisers of all experience levels into shape during high-intensity kids karate and adult mixed martial arts classes. Blending over 300 different types of fighting styles, MMA classes help students build strength, develop mental discipline, and establish effective defense strategies for use in both sport competition and street encounters. 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.
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    4717 North Lincoln Avenue
    Chicago, IL US

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