JKA Chicago prides itself on being a source of traditional Shotokan Karate while continuing to innovate techniques to allow the student to progress at the fastest possible rate. In addition to our weekly scheduled classes we also offer customized group sessions, short courses, and frequent workshops.

Our training format is based on three pillars:

  • Kihon: Basic techniques (kicks, punches, blocks, combinations, etc.) and body conditioning
  • Kata: Pre-determined sequence of offensive and defensive techniques
  • Kumite: Sparring

Each student (Karateka) receives personalized attention and corrections from our instructors (Sensei) during class. Many of our drills are also practiced in pairs where both, Senior students (Senpai), and junior students (Kohai) benefit from each other in improving their techniques.