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Chicago Area Martial Arts Locations

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Team NK Chicago goes to Ireland!

Team NK Chicago in Ireland! Recently our National Karate Chicago Competition Team went to fight in the biggest fighting tournament in the world!  This tournament has no form divisions – only fighting.  The Irish Open hosts 4,200 Fighters from all parts of the globe and we were there! Team captains Alex Dingmann and Jennifer Tohtz…

Lance Flight’s Karate Story…

I recently promoted Mr. Lance Flight from Asst. Director to Co-Director of the South Elgin School and I thought our students might like to hear about his Karate story.  It’s a great story of how a boyhood dream of “becoming a Karate Instructor” was fulfilled and how National Karate has played a key role in developing him into…

What Difference Does a Toy Make?

Back in 2009 my wife and I adopted a beautiful little girl from an orphanage in China.  She had several medical needs and we spent a lot of time at Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. Because of some of the painful surgeries she endured, she understandably had a major fear of hospitals.  But every time we visited the…

Why Should I Encourage My Child to Earn a Black Belt?

Competitive World. We live in a competitive society. As parents, our job is to equip our children with the life skills it will take to be able to survive in our competitive schools and market place. Our children will need self-discipline, confidence and perseverance to make it. They will need to understand how to set goals…

Compare Calorie Burning Workouts

  Question: So how much exercise or diet change do I need to lose weight? Answer: You need to be in a calorie deficit of about 1000 calories a day to lose two pounds per week. The most accepted way of doing this is to cut 500 calories from your diet and to add 500…

Benefits of Tournament Competition

Developing an individual’s complete ability cannot be accomplished without the tournament experience. Competition is the best way to accelerate learning. Tournament competition provides the most effective training for real self-defense, especially when combined with other aspects of training (Grab releases, pad strikes, etc.). Learning to deal with “pressure.” Certainly there is no more pressure than…

Stick To Your Bush! By Grand Master John Worley

Over the past 35 years that NK has existed, we have on occasion, been approached from various outside martial arts organizations to expand our curriculum to include whatever martial art is (was) popular at the time. Everything from Kung Fu (Chinese MA popularized by the Kung Fu TV series) to Tae Bo (Billy Blanks hugely…