Chicago Area Martial Arts Locations

NK Staff

AURORA \ NAPERVILLE

Staff_MazzolaJohn Mazzola began his martial arts training in the summer of 1995 under the expert tutelage of Master Cristian Nelson in the first Illinois National Karate School.

He was in the first white belt class, he was on the first Black Belt exam and was the first employees at the new expansion school in IL. In 1997 Master Mazzola earned his 1st Degree Black Belt and began his teaching career. He quickly distinguished himself as an excellent Instructor and an inspirational leader and as soon as 1999 was named the “Instructor of the Year”  [Read More]

Carson Price started his martial arts career in 2000 at the age of 4 years old. He says that, “Studying under world class National Karate instructors Mr. Gopi Doniparthi, Mr. John Mazolla, Ms. Pam Thomas and Mr. Cris Nelson helped make me the person he is today.”

Carson is a third generation black belt following in the footsteps of his father Cardal Price, and both grandfathers who were Sensei’s in karate and Judo.  Today he [Read More]

Thomas Wisniewski began his training in 2000 under the expert instruction of 7th Degree Black Belt Cristian Nelson and is currently a 2ndDegree Black Belt. 

He has earned the “Outstanding Instructor” award for classroom excellence 5 years in a row.  His teaching experience includes being the Director of the National Karate martial arts program at the Lifetime Fitness Health Club in Algonquin. Mr. Wisniewski is also an excellent sport karate competitor and has had success in both fighting and form competition. [Read More]

 

BARTLETT

Staff_KookDustin Kook started his martial art training in 1989 at a local Tae Kwon Do school that unfortunately closed before he could earn his Black Belt.

Still having an interest in martial arts he bounced around trying different styles until at the age of 15 he finally found his home at National Karate & Kickboxing.  Under the tutelage of Master John Mazzola and Master Pam Thomas he worked his way up the ranks and enrolled in the NK Assistant Instructor program in 2001. In 2003 he earned his Black Belt and [Read More]

Staff_DingmannAlex Dingmann first joined National Karate in 1992 under the expert tutelage of Kickboxing Champion Scott Masterton.  He earned his Black Belt in 1996 and began his teaching career to share his passion for the martial arts.

Mr. Dingmann has become one of the great sport karate competitors of the modern era winning over 40 Grand Championships all over the world. He has consistently been a top world rated fighter and has been rated the #2 light weight fighter in the world, the #2 middle weight fighter, and [Read More]

Staff_BrownJuli started training at martial arts training in January of 2006 and recently earned her 3rd Degree Black Belt in January of 2014. She initially started taking classes at National Karate after watching her son and daughter participate for several years, and after being inspired by watching a Black Belt Exam.

She started karate later than many, at 38 years old.  However, she discovered a passion for the sport and enjoyed the physical and mental challenges of martial arts training. As she continued training she also found rewards in mentoring and  [Read More]

 

BLOOMINGDALE \ ROSELLE

Staff_LangleyRita Langley began taking cardio-kickboxing at National Karate in 1997.  She soon realized that she wanted more and liked the idea of challenging herself to earn a Black Belt.  She achieved that goal in February of 2001. 

So she then set for herself another lofty goal – to become a martial arts instructor and maybe someday making that her career! Determined to make that happen, she then enrolled in the Assistant Instructor program and began assisting with classes and learning how to impact the lives of others. [Read More]

Mitchell started his martial arts training at the age of 7 under Master Cristian Nelson. When he was an advanced belt he enrolled in our Leadership program and worked his way up to the highest level of Leadership certification. He then entered the Assistant Instructor program and graduated with this full Instructor certification. He is now a 3rd Degree Black Belt and the co-Head Instructor at the Bloomingdale National Karate School. [Read More]


Alonzo started his martial arts training at the age of 4 and has been working his way up the ranks ever since. When he was an advanced belt he enrolled in our Leadership program and worked his way up to the highest level of Leadership certification. He then entered the Assistant Instructor program and graduated with this full Instructor certification. He is now a 3rd Degree Black Belt and the co-Head Instructor at the Bloomingdale National Karate School. [Read More]
 

ELK GROVE \ SCHAUMBURG

Staff_RosasMr. Arnaldo Rosas was born in South America, in the country of Chile.  He started training in the martial arts in 1977.  He had always aspired to become an expert in karate as well as to master the art of weapons ever since he was only five years old.

However, at that time Chile was having political problems. It was under martial law which forbid any training in the martial arts of any kind. As a young child, Mr. Rosas was frequently bullied by gangs, which increased his desire to learn how to defend himself. When Mr. Rosas became a young teenager [Read More]

Parker Taitel began his training in 2007 at the Bartlett, IL National Karate and is a 2nd Degree Black Belt.  He is currently under the expert instruction of 7th Degree Black Belt Cristian Nelson.  He is the Head Instructor of the Elk Grove location and his teaching experience includes being Instructor at National Karate South Elgin and leading the NK martial arts programs at Hyland Christian Academy and Schaumburg Christian School.

Mr. Taitel is an excellent martial artist and has had success in both fighting and form competition.  [Read More]

 
 

SOUTH ELGIN

Staff_NelsonCristian Nelson began training with the National Karate Schools in 1983 under the expert tutelage of 10th Degree Black Belt, Grand Master John Worley, who is one of America’s most prominent martial artists. Mr. Nelson also studied and trained with some of the top professional fighters of our time including: World Kick-Boxing Champion John Longstreet, and U.S. Kick-Boxing Champions Scott Masterton and Terry Norblom.

Mr. Nelson began his martial arts teaching career in 1987 and as soon as 1990, he was presented with the “School of the Year” award. While teaching karate he also doubled his time by attending the University of Minnesota where he studied Business and Communications. [Read More]

Staff_FlightLance Flight joined National Karate at the age of 12. After only a few lessons, on the way home from class one day, he made a declaration to his mother, saying, “When I grow up I am going to be a Karate Instructor!” And he has since worked hard to make that dream a reality.

He earned his first degree black belt in 2003 & was so passionate about his training that he spent 5 days a week at the school. He loved Karate so much that he enrolled in the National Karate Leadership program and volunteered his time to [Read More]

Staff_DrescherMichael Drescher started his martial arts adventure in August of 2000 when he was four years old. He earned his Child rank Black Belt in 2002 and continued to train earning his full Youth/Adult Black Belt in June of 2004, becoming one of the youngest students to earn an NK Black Belt.

As a student he enrolled in the National Karate Leadership program where he excelled at helping others achieve their goals in the martial arts. He worked his way up the program earning the Assistant Instructor title and then in 2009 he [Read More]

Staff_CathyDrescherPerhaps no one understands the parent experience at National Karate more than Cathy Drescher.  In 2000 she enrolled her son at age 4 at the NK School in Bartlett, and has since then logged over 14 years of sitting in the lobby, attending tournaments and participating in every NK event possible.

This is what she says about how NK has impacted her family: “National Karate is an extension of our family.  It has helped to shape my son Michael into the man he is today.  I have had the privilege of watching my son learn how to set goals [Read More]

OPERATIONS & EVENT DIRECTORS

Mr. J.R. Hutson has lead a very interesting life.  In High School he competed in football, track and wrestling and was named a High School All-American in Wrestling in 1978.  He competed on several national teams in wrestling and qualified for the Olympic trials twice.  He was a seven time Greco-Roman state champion and three time freestyle state champion in Florida. He also holds the distinction of winning three different weight classes in one day at the Florida State Games Qualifying tournament, and recording the most pins with seven.  [Read More]

Jane began her martial arts training in the summer of 2001 under the instruction of JR Hutson. She was promoted to 1st degree black belt on January 10, 2004. She currently holds the rank of 4th degree black belt. Mrs. Siegrist began teaching as an assistant to Mr. Hutson at the Lifetime Fitness in Bloomingdale while still training for her 1st degree. Today when she is not running her children (Jack & Jamie both hold the rank of 2nd degree black belt) to their many activities, Jane continues her training under the direction of Master Cris Nelson.  [Read More]

Jeff Siegrist began his martial arts training in the summer of 2001 under the instruction of JR Hutson. He was promoted to 1st degree black belt on January 10, 2004. He currently holds the rank of 4th degree black belt. Mr. Siegrist began teaching as an assistant to Mr. Hutson at the Lifetime Fitness in Bloomingdale while still training for his 1st degree. Since attaining his black belt, Jeff has joined the NK instructional staff and he continues his training under the direction of Master Cristian Nelson. Jeff along with his wife Jane (4th degree) are the Exam Coordinators [Read More]