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    Jiu-Jitsu

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    If you've ever been in a fight (hopefully not), or seen a fight online or on YouTube (Worldstar, anybody?), the one common denominator is that most have ended up on the ground. Fights aren't like we perceive them to be in our minds: "One hit Knockouts" and "Down goes Frazier!" ... They're more like "Come at me, bro!" followed by a 12 minute series of groundfighting, chokeholds, failed attempts at maneuvering an old wrestling move, a stalemate, and hopefully a celebratory moment of relief that everyone is still alive, and not too badly hurt. Now, it can be said that this happens because most people think they can fight, but have never learned the basic fundamentals, so as a result, it's all a façade. With Midwest Training Center, here's your chance to explore the basic techniques and start knowing how to defend yourself. All it takes is that one step towards the unknown, and before you know it, you'll be a guru offered a job by Dana White. The world is boundless, and so is Jiu-Jitsu. So, why not give it a shot?
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    Jiu-Jitsu

    455 E State Pkwy, Schaumburg

    • Learn the fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu, through its grappling and ground fighting techniques
    • Discover the martial art that'll prepare you most in case you happen to find yourself on the floor
    • Explore defense techniques to give you the upper hand
    • No experience necessary
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    Muay Thai

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    Muay Thai is a great introduction into martial arts for rookies, and anyone wanting to master the art of self-defense. Therefore, if you're just a beginner, or already an experienced fighter, this class is the perfect class for you. This class is a perfect introduction because it readily displays the right moves your body should make when in defense mode -- plus, it's also an amazing workout. With Midwest Training Center, you will learn intelligent grappling moves to prevent an attacker from getting you in a disadvantageous position on the ground. Therefore, if you're trying to be the next undisputed champion, or just trying to work out and learn some cool self-defense moves, this class is definitely for you.
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    Muay Thai

    455 E State Pkwy, Schaumburg

    • Learn self-defense and the fundamentals of Muay Thai, a martial art that encompasses stand-up striking and intelligent grappling moves
    • Be trained on how to utilize your limbs, including striking moves with your shins, elbows, and knees
    • No experience necessary
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    Martial Arts/Boxing

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    You're getting bored of the same workout routine everyday: Monday, weights then treadmill; Tuesday, weights then treadmill; Wednesday- what do you know? Weights then treadmill. Switch it up and kick up the intensity of your workout with this high-energy boxing class at Midwest Training Center! Start off by learning the foundations of this popular martial art and combat sport. If you put your mind to it, you will increase your strength, speed, and endurance, sharpening your reflexes as you practice a series of offensive and defensive maneuvers. Don't expect your coach to give you a break! You'll be pushed to your physical limits. You will grunt. You will wheeze. And you will unintentionally curse at your coach as you perform every extra set you think you can't do. But at the end of the hour, after you catch your breath, you will feel on top of the world!
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    Martial Arts/Boxing

    455 E State Pkwy, Schaumburg

    • Learn the fundamentals of boxing, a high-intensity martial art and combat sport
    • Practice throwing and dodging punches -- your instructor will keep you on your toes
    • Increase your strength, speed, and endurance and sharpen your reflexes
    • Take pride in training under Shannon States, an experienced boxing coach
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    Architecture Fireworks Tours (Navy Pier)

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    Experiencing the architecture of the Windy City is a breeze (good one eh?) with Shoreline Sightseeing's 90-minute river tour. You'll travel all three branches of the Chicago River and leisurely view of more than 40 of the city's greatest architectural treasures. Knowledgeable guides will walk (or maybe float) you through the history of buildings like the Tribune Tower, the Trump Tower, the Wrigley Building, Marina City and more. You'll finish your tour with a spectacular fireworks display by the Navy Pier. Perfect for the architecture or history buff in your family!
    Architecture Fireworks Tours (Navy Pier)

    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

    • See the Chicago's architectural landmarks on this relaxing river tour
    • Discover the Tribune Tower, the Wrigley Building and more than 40 other sites
    • Learn the history of some of the most impressive buildings in the world
    • Cap your tour with a viewing of the Navy Pier fireworks display
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    Fireworks Paddle! / Navy Pier Fireworks Chicago Kayak Tour

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    Ready yourself for some explosive fun! This kayaking tour sets off about two miles away from Chicago's Navy Pier, and features a relaxed nighttime paddle that will leave you dazzled ... Particularly when you reach your destination just in time to take in a thunderous fireworks display! You'll be in prime position to take in the show as it lights up the water around you. Afterwards, you'll paddle back along the Chicago River to your starting destination, enjoying the nighttime luminescence of the Chicago's towering architecture on either side. Whether you're a novice who's never set foot in a kayak or an experienced river romper, you'll be touched by the poetic beauty of this introspective journey. Just remember to stow your paddle safely if you're going to clap for the fireworks - it's a long trip back if you have to swim!
    Fireworks Paddle! / Navy Pier Fireworks Chicago Kayak Tour

    500 N Kingsbury St, Chicago

    • Embark on an evening kayaking adventure through the heart of Downtown Chicago
    • Arrive at Navy Pier just in time to be in prime position to catch a dazzling fireworks show
    • Get some light physical exercise while feeding your need for adventure
    • Indulge your sense of adventure without having to leave Chicago
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    Intro to Racing

    Want to go fast? Hold onto your horsepower, Ricky Bobby. You've got to master the nuts and bolts first! Get your career in gear with an Intro to Racing seminar! This three-hour crash course is the perfect way for a would-be racer to develop a foundation to pursue further study, or for the eager fan to tune their racing acumen. Start with a classroom session where you'll learn the essentials of vehicle dynamics and racing theory. Then, with your mind primed, ready to put the pedal to the metal, hit the track and take the wheel of a Formula Skip Barber 200 car! Partake in a thrilling lead-and-follow session, and see if you have what it takes to snare the checkered flag!
    Intro to Racing

    700 Raceway Blvd, Madison

    • Expand your Formula Racing knowledge with an introductory course
    • Learn about theory and car dynamics from an experienced professional
    • Take the wheel during a dramatic lead-and-follow session
    • Feel the thrill of driving a formula race car and earn some bragging rights
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    Composition in the Field (Millennium Park)

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    Create compelling images out of any surrounding! This three hour, hands-on camera workshop, is a rendezvous with a pro photographer, in any of a number of photogenic locales in and around the area. The session is designed to provide you with an exciting experience that will teach you the classic principles of composition. You'll learn to shoot using the lighting at that particular moment, image framing, shutter techniques and other tips and techniques that will result in great compositions for portraits, architectural shoots, street photography and macro images. Personal feedback on your work from professional photographers will be given to help you master these photo layout skills. Swing by and learn to create inspiring images and turn the mundane into masterpieces! You must bring your own digital camera. Exact meeting location will be provided upon booking and will vary depending upon the signup date.
    Composition in the Field (Millennium Park)

    Cloud Gate, Chicago

    • Improve your compositional skills
    • Better understand the capabilities of your camera
    • Explore famous areas of Millennium Park
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    Classic Skyline Lake Tour

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    What's the one thing everyone must do in Chicago? Besides eating pizza, you need to see that breathtaking skyline! Traveling along the great Lake Michigan on a cruise vessel, learn about Chicago's colorful history and famous landmarks. You'll enjoy the panorama of Chicago's famous skyline, showcasing all the notable skyscrapers, such as the John Hancock, Trump Tower, and Willis Tower. As you progress down the lake, bare witness to the scenic downtown areas like Gold Coast and Buckingham Fountain. For those of you looking for a quick trip that makes the ultimate punch, there's nothing better than heading out on the lake and seeing that irresistible skyline.
    Classic Skyline Lake Tour

    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

    • Take in the breathtaking views of Chicago's skyline from the calm tides of Lake Michigan
    • Photograph the towering buildings like the John Hancock, Trump Tower, and Willis Tower
    • Travel down Lake Michigan, along the city front, and see bustling downtown areas like Gold Coast and Buckingham Fountain
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    Chicago Skyline Cruise

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    Sailboat, water, skyline: that sounds like a recipe for the perfect day of relaxation. See Chicago's skyline the way it was meant to be seen from the water. On this beautiful tour of Chicago, hop on a sailboat to kick back and forget about all worries. You'll tour Lake Michigan as you enjoy the gorgeous skyline in front of you. This optimal vantage point is truly one of the most unique and best ways to see the city. So, whether you're a tourist or a local, sit back, relax, and experience Chicago in a new light.
    Chicago Skyline Cruise

    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

    • Enjoy Chicago's beautiful skyline from a unique vantage point
    • Take a leisurely trip around Lake Michigan on a sailboat
    • Relax with the wind at your back and gentle waves rocking you back and forth
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