Martial Arts Classes

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

We feature classes for all ages and skill levels.


Participants are carefully initiated into this class 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 weaponless self-defense through the use of total body dynamics and mental discipline. Students will constantly strive for technical excellence and enhancement of one’s character. Uniforms, belt tests, and tournaments are optional and available at additional costs.

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.

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Taekwondo is a 22000-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. 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.

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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.

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