martial arts

training for the mind, body and spirit

master self-discipline and meet life’s challenges

For more than 30 years, the Community House's martial arts classes have been among our most popular. We offer classes for all ages and skill levels.

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Participants are carefully initiated into this program, which focuses on alertness of mind, self-control, and mental strategies to meet life challenges. Traditional Karate emphasizes the principles and applications of weaponless self-defense through the use of total body dynamics and mental discipline. Students constantly strive for technical excellence and enhancement of their character. Uniforms, belt tests, and tournaments are optional and available at additional costs.

Belt ranking system: There are 11 belt levels (kyu) before a first-degree black belt (Shodan). A new student is assigned the white belt rank (eleventh kyu). Students must fulfill certain requirements under normal practice conditions and in a test environment to achieve progressive promotions up to and including the black belt (Dan) levels. Once a student has acquired a strong foundation in the fundamentals of Karate, he or she can be promoted to the rank of first-degree black belt.


Taekwondo, a 2,000-year-old martial art, provides a variety of benefits for people of all ages and physical abilities. Students have the opportunity to improve concentration and self-esteem, achieve lifelong physical fitness and learn self-defense skills. A $45 uniform fee is required at the first class. Belt testing is offered through the KH Kim Taekwondo for an additional fee and is held twice a year. All colored-belt students are required to have complete sparring gear.

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Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that is practiced today as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Tai Chi helps reduce stress and anxiety as well as increase flexibility and balance. You will learn this non-competitive exercise’s postures through our instructor’s unique holistic teachings of many different styles, including Qigong and Yang.

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Community House Winnetka Karate