Upcoming events

Mom & Daughter Self-Defense Workshop

Saturday February 17th, Noon to 4P

  • Feel better prepared should you ever find yourself in a threatening situation
  • Actual practice protecting yourself
  • Realistic – situational awareness and prevention skills
  • Comfortable & supportive training environment
  • Special interest for t(w)eens & college bound
  • Intended for any person, all fitness levels, no previous experience necessary

$35 Individual, $55 Mom & Daughter

Contact us at 847-888-8866 or email  southelginbudokan@att.net to register or further information


Tai Chi Workshops 

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

2:30 – 4:30PM

$35 per seminar, $100 to attend all three

Guest Instructor Sifu Ken Ning will be offering Tai Chi Workshops at the Budokan

Topics Include:

  • Body Movements
  • Footwork
  • Push Hands Exercises
  • Short Form

Contact us at 847-888-8866 or email southelginbudokan@att.net to register or for further information


Newer Programs

Wing Chun (ages 12+)

Monday & Thursday

6:00 – 7:00p

Wing Chun is a Chinese Martial Art created by a woman to allow for smaller and weaker martial artists to overcome larger and stronger opponents utilizing rapid strikes and kicks in close range combat. Wing Chun has spread throughout the world thanks to Grandmaster Ip Man and then by legendary martial artist Bruce Lee, of which Wing Chun was his first primary martial art. 

Students of Wing Chun will learn economy of motion and combative exercises such as Chi Sao or “sticking hands” with an ongoing advanced system of attack and defense, often occurring simultaneously.  Wing Chun does not do many forms as there are three empty hand forms, two weapon forms and one wooden dummy form.  Wing Chun is efficient, direct and very fast, making it effective for self-defense.


Isshin Ryu Karate (ages 16+)



Apart from equipping a student in self-defense techniques, Isshin Ryu teaches the practitioner the art of achieving harmony and co-ordination. Eventually, the student’s fluidity of movements, stamina and dexterity will improve. The art form also sharpens mental faculties, boosts confidence and makes a student a balanced individual. Isshin Ryu comprises many close-in techniques which help in street fighting situations.  The Japanese phrase “Isshin Ryu” translates into “one heart way”.


Featured Programs

Youth Bujutsu Martial Arts

Ages 7+ Monday and Wednesday 5:00 to 5:50p or Tuesday and Thursday 4:30-5:10P

Ages 4-5-6 Tuesday and Thursday 5:30-6:10p

Ages 8+ Saturday 10:30-12:00p

Our Bujutsu (‘Martial Way’ in Japanese) program is the product of multiple martial art styles and experiences. It is a dynamic style that integrates traditional and contemporary aspects of major disciplines. The program is continually reviewed to ensure we offer a well-balanced and effective training system for every student. You will learn Martial Arts and Self-Defense techniques from the traditional martial arts such as Judo, Karate, Kung Fu, Hapkido, Wing Chun and Jui Jitsu along with acquiring skills from Boxing, Kick Boxing, Wrestling and more.

Bujutsu is a fun and exciting way to improve your core strength, increase endurance and stamina, and learn how to defend yourself better on your feet or on the ground. Students learn respect and responsibility as they learn and improve their skills and techniques.


Boot Camp 

Saturday 9a to 10a

Tuesday and Thursday 8a to 9a

Thursday 7p to 8p

Get a great workout morning or evening!  Training sessions focus on upper, lower and core exercises.  Steppers, kettle bells, resistance bands, weights, and other workout tools are used.  Start at your level of comfort and build your strength as you meet your goals. Bring water and indoor shoes – street shoes are not allowed on the mats.

Drop-in fees apply.  Outdoor training weather permitting.


Muay Thai Fitness Kickboxing

Wednesdays & Fridays 6p – 7p 

Various forms of kickboxing have long been practiced throughout Southeast Asia. Muay Thai (the national sport of Thailand) is one of the most popular combat sports in the world. While training Muay Thai, you will learn kicks, powerful knee and elbow strikes, as well as punching combinations. Putting these strikes together, you will develop power, timing, and speed while learning proper defense and strategy. All of our classes emphasize developing proper technique and conditioning.


Open Positions on a Champion Judo Team – Youth and Adults

  • Youth (ages 6+) Monday and Friday 6:00-7:00p
  • Adults (16+) Monday and Friday 6:00-8:00p
  • Additional practice on Wednesdays 2 weeks prior to a scheduled tournament

(Judo – meaning ‘gentle way’) A fast paced and well developed traditional martial arts class open to the beginner and seasoned judokas.  Be a part of a champion team. Try a class for FREE!


We invite everyone to experience the benefits of Martial Arts – the 1st regular lesson is on us!

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