“Our son describes the dojhang as “amazing.” Through this strong connection with his martial arts, we’ve seen him apply positive self-discipline in his school, music and other activities and have watched his self confidence grow as he increases in rank and skill.” — The Perry Family
“As an educator, I am ever impressed with Grandmaster Yu’s ability to gauge and engage students at all ages and stages of social, cognitive and physical development. As a parent, I am thrilled to have a gifted ally in teaching respect, discipline, community and art. My children learn to enjoy movement and life and to set goals and appreciate the work as well as the achievement. They are learning to live consciously and healthfully. Grandmaster Yu is a powerful example and teacher of this living.
“Over the years, I have wasted many thousands of dollars at fitness clubs that I never went to. Grandmaster Yu’s program engages me in a way that is thrilling and rewarding and ... fit! I have more stamina, flexibility and power than I have had since college. My weight is under control. At the same time, I develop memory, focus, teaching, and courage through the ladder of skills and techniques that comprise the belt requirements. I love it!”
— Cynthia Ohata, MD
“My daughter is a seven year old who has been studying at Master Yu’s Dojhang for nearly two years. She has become fit, strong, flexible, and self-disciplined. She leaves class exhilarated and proud of her accomplishments. As a parent, I am truly impressed with the passion, consistency, and depth of knowledge of her instructors. Not a moment is wasted or less than professional. The Dojhang is a place where our family can rely on high quality, tender care, and high expectations.” — K.Steward-Nolan, Oak Park
“I selected Master Yu’s Dojhang because of the professionalism they exhibited when describing the training program. After 2 1/2 years of training, there’s no doubt in my mind that I made the right choice. The people are friendly, supportive, and very talented in many different martial arts.” — T.Paxton – adult program
“I love Master Yu’s because of how kind the instructors are, how much fun you have, and that martial arts is a never-ending journey!” — Vivian P. - Age 9
“My studies with Grand Master Yu have been a life-changing experience. I now have the confidence and skill that I don’t think I would have learned if I hadn’t come to the dojhang.” — Isabelle P. - Age 12
“My daughters joined Master Yu’s at a young age because I was impressed with the patience of the instructors and the rigors of the training. When my oldest earned her first dan black belt, it was those same characteristics that drew me to begin my own martial arts journey at Master Yu’s. Now I enjoy learning and training right along with my daughters!” — Marrey P. - Mother / Student
“Master Yu Martial Arts is a powerful community teaching physical and emotional health. Our son has sensory processing disorder and in karate class Master Yu and Master Wilson create a safe learning environment for each student to thrive. They lead by example, use positive reinforcement, and build relationships with the students. Kristopher’s coordination and core strength have improved, but more importantly, his self esteem and willingness to learn are at an all time high. We are grateful for the life lessons that he has learned at Master Yu Martial Arts classes. ” — Danielle Villari Swets (mom to Kristopher age 5)
“I love going to Grandmaster Yu’s classes. I get to learn special techniques and also make lots of new friends. They are really great teachers. It’s helped my confidence in talking to other people.” — Barry, age 10
“Taking martial arts with Grandmaster Yu has changed my life. He doesn’t just teach you how to kick and punch, but he teaches you a whole lifestyle. I am a much better person all around because of Master S.H. Yu martial arts.” — AJ – age 19
“Flexibility is a great benefit of attending classes at the dojhang which helps me with other sports I play, like soccer and baseball. I have more confidence and am able to think quickly to help my family and myself if approached by someone trying to harm us. I enjoy my time at the dojhang very much. ”— Iain, age 8.
“I have spent over 30 years training in the martial arts. Master Yu is the finest instructor I have had the privilege to work with. His technique, ability to explain, demonstrate and adapt technique to a students body type make him unique. He is also demanding of his students, he wants them to be their best and he will accept nothing less in both their attitude and abilities. I consistently drive over 6 hours to see him because I have never met a better teacher.” — Master Donald Weidendorf, Cleveland, OH
“My experience after having enrolled my son in Grandmaster Yu’s classes has been most enlightening. My son has truly blossomed as a young man and being involved in martial arts has given him a confidence that one definitely does not receive in school. In fact, it has helped him in his schooling, noticing a marked increase in his grades. Also contributing to this is the fact that Grandmaster Yu insists on seeing each child’s report cards. This one small act of caring on his part makes an enormous difference in the way my son’s grades have improved. This alone is worth every penny!!
“Another point I want to mention is that of making boys into men. I’ve noticed too much today boys either not behaving as boys and certainly not men, or they simply turn into insufferable bullies. Being involved in martial arts is much more than just exercise; it is the very essence of who one is. And to see a young boy turn into a most respectful young man is something that one typically is wont to see nowadays. Thank you, Grandmaster Yu!” — Mrs. B.Fischer, River Forest
“As the saying goes, “behind every great student is a great teacher.” GrandMaster Yu is indeed a great martial arts teacher with over 40 years of experience in guiding students to be their best. I am fortunate to be one of his students. Through GrandMaster Yu’s direct instruction, personal example and commitment to traditional martial arts principles, I have developed a martial arts worldview that has shaped me physically and mentally, and also as a caring and responsible human being.” — Master K.Carr, Oak Park
“It has been a blessing and life changing for our son to study with the Grand Master. Grand Master Yu truly values the “art” in martial arts, something we really appreciate our son learning. The dojo is a special place in our life, we feel so lucky to have found it.” — William Gale & Xue Tan
“Since enrolling my son, I have seen incredible growth in his self-confidence, self-respect and physical coordination. Indeed, he was being so enriched and having so much fun, I joined myself and have enjoyed learning the new skills tremendously. Earlier this summer, we were in California and practicing our techniques together on the beach. Nothing on TV beats that.” — Neal Rutstein, Oak Park