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    Expert Edgewise - Knife Defense

    Few weapons are as practical, readily available, or terrifying as a knife. Whether it's a plastic butter knife of a samurai sword, all knives are terrifying when applied to dangerous settings. Tandang Garimot Martial Arts wants you to stop panicking and learn how to knife fight. You'll discover the principles behind this highly technical fighting art, focusing on how to use and defend yourself using knives. Hopefully, you'll never need to use this knowledge... but you will know how!
    Expert Edgewise - Knife Defense

    520 Madison Ave, Chicago

    • Become familiar with basic principles behind the highly technical art of knife fighting
    • Using knives, learn to attack and defend yourself against dangerous situations
    • No experience necessary
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    Pekiti-Tirsia Kali

    Blades swing through the air. It clips your shirt. Damn, you just bought that t-shirt. But there’s no time. You need to fight in the style of a Filipino warrior. Pekiti-Tirsia Kali is an indigenous art featuring close-quarter combat tactics and an in-fighting system based primarily on the use of edge weapons. Watch out for the dagger! Learn how to defend against knives, sticks, or firearms. Without a doubt, PTK’s no-nonsense approach will have you in shape and ready to fight. You’ll acquire the skills and training to use edged and impact weapons. Take a swing at this exciting class!
    Pekiti-Tirsia Kali

    1803 W Byron St, Chicago

    • Explore the highly combative nature of Filipino Pekiti Tirsia Kali
    • Learn a close-quarter, in-fighting system based primarily on the use of edge weapons
    • Acquire skills for combat with other weapons, such as knives, sticks, and spears
    • No experience necessary
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    Aikido

    The intriguing part about Aikido is that its philosophy is to avoid harming others whenever possible. Its practice focuses on decisive techniques including throws, immobilizations, strikes, and joint locks, all practiced within a context in which weapons (such as knives, swords, and staffs) are assumed to be present. You'll learn in this introductory class the powerful and effective movements of Aikido by learning to redirect your attacker’s force and momentum until a situation is stabilized. With its emphasis on conflict resolution and preventing harm, Aikido is more than a physical lesson -- it’s a spiritual and life lesson as well.
    Aikido

    3717 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the basic foundation of Aikido
    • Practice decisive techniques like throws, joint locks, strikes, and immobilizations
    • Gain insight on defensive moves against weapons
    • No experience necessary
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    Eskrima - Kali - Arnis

    When being taught to train using Eskrima fundamentals, right off the bat, you learn how to use and defend against weapons. Eskrima, the weapons based martial art of the Philippines - not to mention, its national sport - is a combat-effective self-defense martial art that will teach you the fundamentals of striking, wrestling and ground fighting. This type of martial art is one that will keep you safe regardless of the scenario. It’s one of the few Martial Arts that immediately trains you about the art of defending against weapons, and gives you the tools to defend yourself in practical and real-life situations.
    Eskrima - Kali - Arnis

    4330 Oakton St, Skokie

    • Learn the combat-effective weapons-based martial art of the Philippines
    • Train with weapons and prepare for various attacks
    • Learn fundamentals of striking, wrestling, and ground fighting
    • Gain knowledge on practical defenses
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    Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do/Kali - Lincoln Square

    Ever hear of the legendary fighter Bruce Lee? The heroic martial arts fighter, founder of Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do? How about the martial art, Kali, the street-smart Filipino martial art? In this class, you‘ll learn the fundamentals of both of these unique and powerful martial arts. Jun Fan, an inherently scientific-minded approach, will improve your speed and accuracy, as well as sensitivity in flow drills known as Chi Sao. With the Kali system, a more aggressive martial art, you will practice empty hand striking, locks, and takedowns. It's time you learned how to defend yourself and prepare for any kind of situation.
    Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do/Kali - Lincoln Square

    4717 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the fundamentals of the martial art founded by Bruce Lee
    • Learn elements of Kali, the street-smart Filipino martial art
    • Improve speed and accuracy, and gain techniques like empty hand striking, locks, and take-downs
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    Beginner's Striking Class

    Striking is a fighting necessity in many martial arts, and is typically characterized as stand-up fighting. Hone your skills by learning the techniques and importance of being able to compose a good strike. Whether you’re focusing on striking mitts or heavy bags, you’ll prepare yourself for real-life situations while capitalizing on the activity’s physical and mental release. Muscles will be toned and calories will be burned as you condition your body to peak form and fully understand the striking fundamentals. Come learn how to strike hard, fast, and often!
    Beginner's Striking Class

    4925 Indiana Ave, Lisle

    • Learn striking as it’s taught and used in many martial arts disciplines
    • Focus your skills and build the necessary muscles and dexterity to make striking a key offensive component
    • Engage yourself in a full-body workout
    • No experience necessary
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    Hapkido

    Hapkido is the most eclectic of all the Korean martial arts, and with over 3000 techniques, it is the original “mixed martial art.” It utilizes dynamic kicking and percussive hand strikes at longer ranges, and pressure point strikes, joint locks, and throws at closer fighting distances. You’ll learn all of these techniques in this class, while also utilizing non-resisting movements to control your opponent. This rigorous workout will burn calories and get your body into excellent shape all at once. These self-defense skills will be extremely valuable should you ever need them. See, for yourself, what makes Hapkido one of the most unique and effective martial arts in practice today.
    Hapkido

    4541 N Ravenswood, Chicago

    • Learn the basics of the Korean martial art known as Hapkido
    • Practice Hapkido fundamentals, including strikes, blocks, holds, throws, and weapons
    • Embrace the mindset of this defensive martial art, one that emphasizes the integration of body, mind and spirit
    • No experience necessary
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    Filipino-Indonesian Martial Arts

    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.
    Filipino-Indonesian Martial Arts

    Albany Park, 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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    Hapkido - Northside

    Working out at a gym is great for your body, but at times, it may not be as fun as you expected... and it definitely won’t teach you self-defense techniques. Whether you’ve been considering looking for a different workout experience, or just hoping to learn effective techniques to defend yourself, then give Hapkido a try. Learning this Korean Martial Art is great for bringing balance and self-control in your life. Incorporate joint-locks (breaks), choke holds, kicking, and punching, among many other techniques, into your workout. This is a great experience to get fit and familiarize yourself with various self-defense techniques so you feel protected, confident, and balanced on a daily basis.
    Hapkido - Northside

    2743 N Western Ave, Chicago

    • Bring balance and self-control to your life by learning the basics of Hapkido
    • Learn kicks, punches, and submission techniques, among other self-defense moves
    • Gain skills on realistic and practical street self-defense with this martial art that translates to mean “the art of coordinated power”
    • No experience necessary
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    Kuk Sool (Traditional Martial Arts)

    Combining kicking, punching, throwing, falling, joint locking, and a myriad of weapons and self-defense techniques, this dynamic, hard-soft system of martial arts emphasizes speed and fluidity. Get in tune with your body. Through the physical training, experiment with meditation, breathing, acupressure, and acupuncture techniques to maintain health and develop internal power, self-discipline, self-control, loyalty, and respect. Get ready for not just a gut-wrenching workout, but a workout that may change your life.
    Kuk Sool (Traditional Martial Arts)

    1828 W 95th St, Chicago

    • Learn the kicks, punches, throws, falls, and joint locks in Kuk Sool
    • Experiment with meditation, breathing, acupressure, and relaxation techniques
    • Improve your physical fitness and mental stability through these workouts
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