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National Karate in Romania 2017

Surprised to be in Romania for the 3rd Year! Three years ago when I was asked to be part of a mission trip to serve in Romania by teaching karate and being a camp leader I was pretty excited but I had no idea that I would go more than one time. To my surprise,…

Voted “Best of the Best”!

This spring National Karate & Kickboxing was honored to be voted the “Best Martial Arts Studio” in the Chicago Suburbs. Thank you for those that voted! I am proud of our staff who produces such a high quality student and takes the time to give back to the community through numerous community service outreaches every…

What Every Young Woman Should Know

  Did you know that 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted while at college? Women who take self-defense training are LESS likely to be targeted for physical, or sexual assault. They are more confident in their ability to react effectively in a threatening situation, and have skills they can use to stop an…

Krav Maga Elite Instructor Training

     Last week Mr. Mazzola and I traveled to Arkansas to attend the Krav Maga Elite Instructor Training course taught by the Krav Maga Association. We worked really hard over 3 full days and learned a lot to bring back to our staff and students! Some of the training was on “Public Transportation Defense”(Airplanes,…

Student Spotlight – Colin O’Brien

Colin O’Brien wins 1st Place in 4 Different Events at the 2017 AKA Grands! He won the Sparring division, Creative Weapons, Musical Open Hand, and Extreme Weapons! He also finished Top 10 World Ranking in 5 Different Events! (Extreme Form, Extreme Weapons, Musical Weapon Forms, Musical Open Hand Form & Fighting). It takes a special…

Student Spotlight – Enzo Lucatorto

Enzo Lucatorto to be in the new Marvel movie “Logan”   National Karate student Enzo Lucatorto has taken his martial arts skills to Hollywood and will have a part in the new Marvel movie that opens March 3rd! He will be a “mutant child” in the Logan movie which is part of the Wolverine franchise….

Student Spotlight – Cole Metzgar

National Karate Student Cole Metzgar earns the title of  World Champion! National Karate Student Cole Metzgar earned the title of  World Champion with his #1 Ranking in NASKA, which is the largest sport karate sanctioning body in the Americas! Cole has won or placed in the biggest tournaments in the country including the Diamond Nationals…

Wisdom for the New Year

I was recently asked to give wisdom to pass on to the younger generations. I know there are many who are wiser, but I thought I would share my list with you. Here are 10 things that I have learned over the years… Life is not perfect, so don’t expect it to be. God will…

Krav Maga Now Taught at National Karate!

What is Krav Maga? Krav Maga is an adult self-defense system developed by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) that is used by many law enforcement and intelligence organizations worldwide.  Krav Maga uses techniques sourced from martial arts skills but is taught in a simple to use method designed to quickly subdue an attacker.   Krav…

The Bully Pandemic (and what you can do about it)

October is Bully Awareness Month and the scourge of bullying is becoming pandemic in the U.S.  The Urban Institute’s study on bullying showed that about 50 per cent of girls experienced psychological bullying, and 45 percent of males experience physical bullying. Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes on a child’s well-being, including negative impacts on…