Martial Arts Classes


Martial arts have been some of Winnetka Community House’s most popular programs for over 20 years. They include Karate, Taekwondo, Hapkido and Tai Chi classes.

We feature classes for all ages and skill levels.

  • Next Program Starts: 08/30/17
  • Instructor: Oriental Arts Training Center Staff
  • Ages: 4 - 5

Taekwondo is a 2000 year old martial art offering 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. Classes are taught under the direction of G. Master Ki Hong Kim (Ninth Dan Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters). A $45 uniform fee is required at the first class. Belt testing is offered through the KH Kim Taekwondo at an additional fee and is held twice a year. All colored belt students are required to have complete sparring gear. Little Dragons Taekwondo This introductory class is designed to captivate the interest of our youngest students. Skills are developed through gentle instruction and appropriate games for their ability. This class focuses on developing balance, coordination and respect for the discipline of martial arts training. Orange Belt and up


  • Next Program Starts: 08/30/17
  • Instructor: Oriental Arts Training Center Staff
  • Ages: 14 - 0

Taekwondo is a 2000 year old martial art offering 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. Classes are taught under the direction of G. Master Ki Hong Kim (Ninth Dan Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters). A $45 uniform fee is required at the first class. Belt testing is offered through the KH Kim Taekwondo at an additional fee and is held twice a year. All colored belt students are required to have complete sparring gear. Restricted to high school students and older, this program concentrates on Taekwondo techniques through the study of forms, stances and the skills of punching, kicking and blocking. All Belts


  • Next Program Starts: 08/30/17
  • Instructor: Oriental Arts Training Center Staff
  • Ages: 6 - 7

Taekwondo is a 2000 year old martial art offering 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. Classes are taught under the direction of G. Master Ki Hong Kim (Ninth Dan Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters). A $45 uniform fee is required at the first class. Belt testing is offered through the KH Kim Taekwondo at an additional fee and is held twice a year. All colored belt students are required to have complete sparring gear. Designed especially for younger children, this program helps kids develop conditioning, coordination, listening skill and self-confidence through creative activities.Purple Belt and up


  • Next Program Starts: 08/30/17
  • Instructor: Oriental Arts Training Center Staff
  • Ages: 7 - 0

Taekwondo is a 2000 year old martial art offering 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. Classes are taught under the direction of G. Master Ki Hong Kim (Ninth Dan Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters). A $45 uniform fee is required at the first class. Belt testing is offered through the KH Kim Taekwondo at an additional fee and is held twice a year. All colored belt students are required to have complete sparring gear. This class provides families with a fun opportunity to spend time together while improving physical and mental conditioning through cardiovascular drills, calisthenics and traditional Taekwondo techniques including punching, kicking and blocking. Fee includes instruction for one parent and one child. All Belts


  • Next Program Starts: 08/30/17
  • Instructor: Oriental Arts Training Center Staff
  • Ages: 8 - 13

Taekwondo is a 2000 year old martial art offering 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. Classes are taught under the direction of G. Master Ki Hong Kim (Ninth Dan Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters). A $45 uniform fee is required at the first class. Belt testing is offered through the KH Kim Taekwondo at an additional fee and is held twice a year. All colored belt students are required to have complete sparring gear. This program includes a balanced cardiovascular workout including punching, kicking and blocking skills. Participants will improve coordination, power of concentration, balance and both physical and mental discipline. White/Yellow/Orange/Green Belt


  • Next Program Starts: 09/07/17
  • Instructor: Cheryl Kotsias
  • Ages: 14 - 0

Cheryl Kotsias has been involved in physical fitness since the 1970's. She has studied the art at several schools in the Chicagoland area including the Chinese Cultural Center in Evanston. Kotsias is a Certified Level II Tai instructor, certified by the American Tai Chi and QiGong Association. She also brings with her the teachings of several masters of Tai Chi and looks forward to helping you achieve better health through Tai Chi.Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced 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 increasing flexibility and balance. Through Cheryl's unique holistic teachings, of many different styles including QiGong & Yang, you will learn this noncompetitive exercise's postures.


  • Next Program Starts: 09/14/17
  • Instructor: Frank Chrzanowski
  • Ages: 7 - 12

Participants are carefully initiated into this karate which focuses on alertness of mind, self-control and mental strategies to meet life challenges. Traditional Karate is a martial art which emphasizes the principles and applications of a weaponless self-defense through the use of total body dynamics and mental discipline. Students will constantly strive for technical excellence and enhancement of ones character. The following items are optional and will incur additional costs: uniforms, belt tests and tournaments. Belt Ranking System: There are 11 belt levels (kyu) before 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 secure progressive promotions up to and including the black belt (dan) levels. When 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. This class will introduce students with little or no karate experience to the traditional martial art of Karate.


  • Next Program Starts: 09/14/17
  • Instructor: Frank Chrzanowski
  • Ages: 5 - 8

Participants are carefully initiated into this karate which focuses on alertness of mind, self-control and mental strategies to meet life challenges. Traditional Karate is a martial art which emphasizes the principles and applications of a weaponless self-defense through the use of total body dynamics and mental discipline. Students will constantly strive for technical excellence and enhancement of ones character. The following items are optional and will incur additional costs: uniforms, belt tests and tournaments. Belt Ranking System: There are 11 belt levels (kyu) before 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 secure progressive promotions up to and including the black belt (dan) levels. When 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. This class is for the beginner student through Orange belt.


  • Next Program Starts: 09/14/17
  • Instructor: Frank Chrzanowski
  • Ages: 5 - 9

Participants are carefully initiated into this karate which focuses on alertness of mind, self-control and mental strategies to meet life challenges. Traditional Karate is a martial art which emphasizes the principles and applications of a weaponless self-defense through the use of total body dynamics and mental discipline. Students will constantly strive for technical excellence and enhancement of ones character. The following items are optional and will incur additional costs: uniforms, belt tests and tournaments. Belt Ranking System: There are 11 belt levels (kyu) before 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 secure progressive promotions up to and including the black belt (dan) levels. When 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. Students must have the belt rank of Yellow belt through Green belt to participate in this class.


  • Next Program Starts: 09/14/17
  • Instructor: Frank Chrzanowski
  • Ages: 9 - 13

Participants are carefully initiated into this karate which focuses on alertness of mind, self-control and mental strategies to meet life challenges. Traditional Karate is a martial art which emphasizes the principles and applications of a weaponless self-defense through the use of total body dynamics and mental discipline. Students will constantly strive for technical excellence and enhancement of ones character. The following items are optional and will incur additional costs: uniforms, belt tests and tournaments. Belt Ranking System: There are 11 belt levels (kyu) before 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 secure progressive promotions up to and including the black belt (dan) levels. When 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. Class curriculum enables the beginner student through advance to develop an effective form of self-defense. This class will allow one to acquire the self-control and physical readiness to meet many of life's challenges. Beginner through Brown belt.


  • Next Program Starts: 09/14/17
  • Instructor: Frank Chrzanowski
  • Ages: 13 - 0

Participants are carefully initiated into this karate which focuses on alertness of mind, self-control and mental strategies to meet life challenges. Traditional Karate is a martial art which emphasizes the principles and applications of a weaponless self-defense through the use of total body dynamics and mental discipline. Students will constantly strive for technical excellence and enhancement of ones character. The following items are optional and will incur additional costs: uniforms, belt tests and tournaments. Belt Ranking System: There are 11 belt levels (kyu) before 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 secure progressive promotions up to and including the black belt (dan) levels. When 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. Beginner through Black belt


  • Next Program Starts: 09/14/17
  • Instructor: Frank Chrzanowski
  • Ages: 4 - 6

Participants are carefully initiated into this karate which focuses on alertness of mind, self-control and mental strategies to meet life challenges. Traditional Karate is a martial art which emphasizes the principles and applications of a weaponless self-defense through the use of total body dynamics and mental discipline. Students will constantly strive for technical excellence and enhancement of ones character. The following items are optional and will incur additional costs: uniforms, belt tests and tournaments. Belt Ranking System: There are 11 belt levels (kyu) before 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 secure progressive promotions up to and including the black belt (dan) levels. When 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. Pee Wee Karate Students learn how to control their energy levels and concentration through study of fundamental Karate principles. Participants will learn how to follow instructions and exercise self control in a fun and exciting environment.


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