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Grateful Perspective

Thankful for things we may take for granted… When I was a boy we would sometimes visit my great aunt Louisa, who lived in a small town in rural Minnesota. Her house was so old that it didn’t have plumbing for hot water. I can remember how we had to heat water on the stove…

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…

Too Old for Martial Arts? Check out this 80 year old Grandmother!

Pam Neil When talking to adults about the possibility of joining our classes I often hear the objection of “I’m too old for Martial Arts”.  If you think that, then I encourage you to watch this video that NBC did about one of our students. Enjoy… Click Here to watch the Martial Arts Granny Post…

4 World Karate Champions!

This year we had 4 National Karate of Chicago Instructors become NASKA WORLD CHAMPIONS! You can see their pictures on the sidebar to the left. Their names are Dominic Kraegel, Ashley Dahlquist, Jennifer Tohtz and Ross Cooke.  

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…