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    Braziliian Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals

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    Want to learn martial arts, but can't decide which style is right for you? This is your chance to get a free introduction to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and get a feel for the sport! BJJ utilizes a combination of hip-takedowns and throws that turn your assailant's momentum against them to ensure that, no matter the size-difference, you'll be in a position take your opponent to the ground. You'll practice an arsenal of techniques designed to win the ground game, including chokes and joint locks meant to immobilize. You'll receive instruction from a martial artist trained in the discipline. Your instructor will focus on the fundamentals and teach you how to apply those techniques during live sparring sessions. In addition to building confidence in your ability to win a fight, you'll be getting a great workout that develops both your stamina and flexibility. Find out why BJJ attracts all the hip kids!
    Braziliian Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals

    1531 W Chicago Ave, Chicago

    • Enjoy a free introduction to the art of self-defense with this Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class
    • Learn beginner punch, kicks, and takedowns to neutralize your opponents
    • Practice sparring against a real life opponent to see what you're capable of
    • Gain confidence in your ability to defend yourself should the need arise
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    Filipino Martial Arts

    Ever hear of the "Death Dance?" Hint: it's much more complex than touchdown choreography. In actuality, it is a type of Filipino Kickboxing. Needless to say, this stand-up combat breathes survival. Take this streamlined class to add kickboxing, cardio and weapons to your own little death dance. At Tandang Garimot Martial Arts, you'll learn the importance of proper footwork and fight tactics to punch and kick your way to a healthier and safer life. You will also discover how to infuse the physical intensity of a traditional kickboxing workout with technical weapons training and cardio to attack, endure, and survive. Hopefully, you won't need to bust out your death dance anytime soon -- but you will be ready just in case!
    Filipino Martial Arts

    DePaul University Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center, Chicago

    • Learn the basic principles of Filipino Kickboxing, a form of stand-up combat
    • Practice the proper footwork, kicks, punches and fight tactics of this martial art
    • Infuse the physical intensity of traditional kickboxing with the technical training to address a real attack
    • Enjoy a streamlined class that includes kickboxing, cardio, and weapons work all in one
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    Expert Capoeira - TEST

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    What do you get when you cross dance, fighting, and stunning acrobatics? Sounds oddly like West Side Story. Not exactly. Originating as a means to disguise martial arts training in a fight for freedom, Capoeira is Brazil's fast and graceful Afro-Brazilian martial arts form. In this class, you'll increase agility, balance, coordination, flexibility, muscle strength, posture, and overall cardiovascular health, as you practice the fundamental movements of Capoeira, including how to dodge and attack. This energetic and culturally-rich workout is energized by lively music so that you will hardly even notice just how intensively you are exercising. Can you ask for anything more from a workout?
    Expert Capoeira - TEST

    520 Madison Ave, Chicago

    • Incorporate music, self-defense, and dance into your workout regimen
    • Engage the mind and body in this active form of art
    • Increase your balance, body awareness, and strength through learning the basic moves of Capoeira, such as ginga, esquiva
    • No experience necessary
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    Mixed Martial Arts - Lincoln Square

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    Trying to mix up your workout and have a kickin' time? Interested in learning some basic self-defense in addition to your exercise routine? In this beginners class, you'll gain a foundation for MMA training, build strength, reduce stress, and become empowered. As far as self-defense techniques are concerned, you'll develop quick reflexes, powerful strikes, and lock-tight holds. Now, who couldn't use a bit of MMA?
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    Mixed Martial Arts - Lincoln Square

    4717 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Gain a strong foundation in Mixed-Martial Arts
    • Develop quick reflexes, powerful strikes, strategic blocks, and lock-tight holds
    • Learn self-defense techniques and gain confidence
    • All levels are welcome
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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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    Filipino-Indonesian Martial Arts (Fitzgerald's MA)

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    You've seen the movies. You've seen the fighting drills using sticks, knives, staffs, and even one's own body as a weapon. Getting the chance to know these moves and tricks will help you feel as prepared as possible to defend yourself at all times. A combination of Muay-Thai, Kuntao, the Inayan System, Inosanto Method of fma-ima, Kali, Eskrima, Arnis, Pekiti-Tirsia Kali, Villabrille-Tobosa Kali System, Jalur Putih Silat, and Pusaka Dwipantara Silat, this class will teach you the ins and outs of Martial Arts. Stick training? Check. Self-defense drills? Check. Grappling, submissions, and sparring? Checkmate! Here's your chance to learn from the pros and learn the various fighting techniques that'll make you more poised and confident in your self-defense capabilities.
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    Filipino-Indonesian Martial Arts (Fitzgerald's MA)

    1742 E 55th St, Chicago

    • Learn how to defend yourself in any environment, utilizing sticks, knives, staffs, and your body
    • Practice grappling, submissions, and sparring
    • Become more confident and poised by increasing your self-defense capabilities
    • No experience necessary
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    Women's Self Defense

    Let's be real for a second: self-defense skills are among the most useful things to know in the world. If you're a woman, you'd better know how to take care of yourself in the face of danger. Fear not, for in this class, you're in good hands. With PowerSource Martial Arts, you'll learn how to avoid being the victim of a violent crime by focusing on self-protection, identifying potential attackers, and practicing preventative behaviors. Simulated in realistic scenarios, you will train your mind and body to react quickly and effectively, possibly saving a life.
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    Women's Self Defense

    3309 Vollmer Rd, Flossmoor

    • Learn effective self-defense skills to avoid danger
    • Discover how to identify possible attackers, and avoid being a victim of violence
    • Practice preventive behavior in simulated realistic scenarios that train your body and mind to react quickly and effectively
    • Feel comfortable in a women's only class
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    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    Are you ready to take your self-defense capabilities to the next level? This class will expose you to the basics of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a martial art, combat sport, and a self-defense system that focuses on grappling -- and especially ground fighting! Learn how to defend yourself against a stronger and larger assailant by using leverage and proper techniques to take the fight to the ground. Then, gain the tools to apply various joint-locks and chokeholds as well. Get a great full body workout as you build confidence and discipline. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is not solely a martial art; it is also a sport, a method for promoting physical fitness, and a road to building character. Come experience the workout of a lifetime!
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    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    516 W Campus Dr, Arlington Heights

    • Learn the basics of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and gain insight on how to kick, punch, and take down opponents
    • Build strength, stamina, and balance through grappling and ground combat exercises
    • Experience a challenging, fun, and rewarding full body workout
    • No experience necessary
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    Krav Maga

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    What part of Israeli Defense Force self-defense training doesn't sound bad a**? Krav Maga is exactly that and can be used to kick your fitness training up another notch. At Connelly's Academy, learn proper stances and techniques, including how to recognize weak points on your opponent's body. You'll also build strength, speed, flexibility and balance in this intense workout. These street-style self-defense skills will come in handy should you ever be faced with multiple attackers or real-world weapons. By the end of this class, you'll feel like Neo in the Matrix, ready to fight hundreds of Agent Smiths all at once.
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    Krav Maga

    1000 Grove St,, Evanston

    • Learn fundamental Krav Maga moves and techniques, just like they are taught in Israel
    • Improve endurance, strength, speed, flexibility, and posture
    • Learn hand-to-hand combat and counter techniques against chokes, bear hugs, and take-downs
    • No experience necessary
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    Muay Thai 101

    Numerophobia? No problem. You only need to be able to count to eight to practice Muay Thai! This combat style makes use of the eight points of contact provided by the hands, elbows, knees, and shins to generate a devastating flurry of unstoppable attacks. You'll master a range of strikes involving each point during drills and bag work until they're second nature. And you'll develop reaction time and situational thinking through controlled sparring practice. In addition to being a popular combat sport and self-defense style, Muay Thai is also recognized as an extremely effective workout regimen that strengthens and sculpts the body. Martial arts practice is also a great way to develop confidence and discipline!
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    Muay Thai 101

    310 S Racine, Chicago

    • Join an energetic studio to practice the powerful and popular martial arts style of Muay Thai
    • Learn strike fundamentals using the 8 points of contact favored by this discipline
    • Get fit with one of the best martial arts for cardiovascular and strength conditioning
    • Discover a sport that is also a great self-defense technique for real world situations
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