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Chicago Area Martial Arts Locations

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What are the Diamond Nationals?

  Did you know that our National Karate Schools is host to the largest and most prestigious martial arts tournament in the world? It is called the Diamond Nationals and we hold it in the birth place of National Karate, – Minneapolis, MN.  It has been rated the number one tournament in North America for…

Interview with a Martial Arts Icon

We just wrapped up 3 days of seminars with one of martial arts most influential people, J. Pat Burleson.  While he may not be a household name for non-martial artists, he certainly is famous in the karate universe.  And his friends and colleagues sure are famous… Names like Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and Jhoon Rhee.  …

Historic 10th Degree Black Belt Promotion!

  Recently I was fortunate to be allowed to sit on the Black Belt panel for a major moment in martial arts history. I witnessed the promotion of Grand Master Worley and GM Carnahan to martial arts highest rank – 10th Degree Black Belt! Who Is Eligible for 10th Degree? The 10th Degree is only…

Man In the Arena

When I was a young man training for my under belts, I can remember having doubts about whether or not I could make it to Black Belt or not. The Doubts I remember thinking, “What if I fail?” and “What if I look stupid.” And then there was the whole competition thing. I knew that…

Staff Serve Day!

Your Instructors are fighting hunger by participating in our annual Staff Serve day at Feed My Starving Children this Sunday, February 23! Our Mission National Karate endeavors to be the best martial arts school in the country by teaching cutting edge self-defense and building confident people.  But we want to be more than just a…

Voted Best Martial Arts School in the Chicago Suburbs

National Karate is proud to be voted the Best Martial Arts School in the Chicago Suburbs! Thank you to all how have voted.  

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…