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River Forest and Oak Park Martial Arts, Karate, and Self Defense Classes

We are the Original Home for True Martial Arts in Oak Park, IL, building a legacy of martial arts and self defense excellence for more than 20 years. Led by Sr. GrandMaster Yu, a 9th-Dan, licensed 1st Class Certified, internationally recognized Sr. GrandMaster, we proudly uphold the ancient, over thousands of years Martial Arts Teachings, including Tae Kwon Do, Aikido and Hapkido, Kudo, Gumdo, and Judo. We educate and create future leaders with a well-rounded awareness and knowledge of societal challenges, guiding them to distinguish their Way.

Sr. GrandMaster Yu Martial Arts believes that the purpose of the Martial Arts Dojhang is to promote discipline and the Way which includes the Way of Life, Justice, Peace, and Prosperity. The Martial Arts Dojhang is NOT a playground nor is it a birthday party venue, it is a sacred space for human development and fostering a disciplined purpose, good health, strength, and community through practice.

We believe the Martial Artist is “The One who follows and creates the Way using his/her own mind, body, and spirit.” Our teachers and instructors have a mission: they are responsible to develop each student’s highest quality of life. Our purpose is to “help the student discover the foundation of their life and build their interior kingdom.” This is true Martial Art.

Events

08Feb 20
NinjaCamp Valentine Kicks & Cards

NinjaCamp Valentine Kicks & Cards

It's the most wonderful time of the year, at least of the winter!  Kicks, Cards, and NinjaLove!  Martial Arts Conditioning, Kicks, Games and Lots and lots of handmade Valentines for…

17Feb 20
NinjaCamp Lantern Festival

NinjaCamp Lantern Festival

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with us and the coming of SPRING!  NinjaCamp brings you Martial Arts Customs, Culture, Moves and More - per Asian custom, we will light-up and…

17Feb 20
Artistic Weaponry Camp – President’s Day

Artistic Weaponry Camp – President’s Day

Let's expand our martial arts repertoire - a beautiful addition to your martial arts practice! If you are a registered student, blue belt or above, this training is for you.…

Our Credentials

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Kukkiwon World Tae Kwon Do Federation 9th Dan Certificate and Kukkiwon World Tae Kwon Do Federation Organization Membership
Kukkiwon World Tae Kwon Do Federation 9th Dan Certificate Our Teacher and Founder, GrandMaster S.H. Yu, one of the the world’s highest ranking GrandMaster Teachers, a 9th Dan World-Class GrandMaster.
Kukkiwon World Tae Kwon Do Federation Organization Membership Sr. GrandSr. GrandMaster Yu Martial Arts is an exclusive Organization Member in High Standing of Kukkiwon, The World Tae Kwon Do Federation.
Kukkiwon World Tae Kwon Do Academy 1st Class Tae Kwon Do Judge
Kukkiwon World Tae Kwon Do Academy 1st Class Tae Kwon Do Judge GrandMaster Yu is the highest level, international test examiner, endorsed by the Kukkiwon World Tae Kwon Do Federation.
Kukkiwon World Tae Kwon Do Academy 1st Class Tae Kwon Do Master
Kukkiwon World Tae Kwon Do Academy 1st Class Tae Kwon Do Master GrandMaster Yu, recognized and rated the highest level possible, 1st Class Tae Kwon Do Master.
Kukkiwon World Tae Kwon Do Headquarters International Advisory Board Appointment Letter
Kukkiwon World Tae Kwon Do Headquarters International Advisory Board - Letter of Declaration GrandMaster Yu appointed to the Kukkiwon World Tae Kwon Do Headquarters International Advisory Board
International Hapkido Federation Dan Certificate
International Hapkido Federation Dan Certificate GrandMaster Yu was a student of The Late Hapkido Supreme GrandMaster Myung, the founding father of Modern Korean Hapkido, and achieved 8th Dan.
World Haidong Gumdo (Kumdo) Federation Master’s Certification
World Haidong Gumdo (Kumdo) Federation Master’s Certification GrandMaster Yu is an official, recognized Master Teacher of World Haidong Gumdo.
World Haidong Gumdo (Kumdo) Federation Dojhang Organization Membership
World Haidong Gumdo (Kumdo) Federation Dojhang Organization Membership GrandMaster Yu’s training and qualifications with the World Haidong Gumdo Federation have qualified our school as an official education center for World Haidong Gumdo (Kumdo)
International Hapkido Federation Master’s Appointment credentials
International Hapkido Federation Master’s Appointment credentials GrandMaster Yu is an official International Hapkido Federation Master Teacher
Kukkiwon World Tae Kwon Do Headquarters International Advisory Board Medal
9th Dan Lifetime Achievement Medal 9th Dan Lifetime Achievement Medal received from Kukkiwon, World TKD Headquarters, August 2016
Kukkiwon World Tae Kwon Do Headquarters International Advisory Board Recognition Plaque
Kukkiwon World Tae Kwon Do Headquarters International Advisory Board - Recognition Plaque GrandMaster Yu appointed to the Kukkiwon World Tae Kwon Do Headquarters International Advisory Board

Martial Arts Programs

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Adult and Teen Martial Arts Programs in Oak Park and River Forest, IL

Sr. GrandMaster Yu Martial Arts’ program for Adults & Teens is based on the traditional martial arts — Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Dansudo, Farang-do, Karate, Kung Fu, Judo, Kumdo and ancient weapons. More information about Adult & Teen Martial Arts.
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KinderKarate: Preschool Karate Class in Oak Park, River Forest, IL

KinderKarate, our dynamic preschool program is offered year round, Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00-4:40pm. Bring your favorite preschooler to a true martial arts experience: We will accept a maximum of 10 children per class session. More Information about KinderKarate.
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Kids Karate and Martial Arts Classes in Oak Park and River Forest, IL

The Home for Quality Kids Karate classes in Oak Park, River Forest, IL since 1994, and still growing strong! We believe the development of a child is an important undertaking. Sr. GrandMaster Yu has devoted his life to successfully leading children to realize their potential.. More Information about Kids Karate Classes.
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Private Martial Arts and Self Defense Lessons in Oak Park and River Forest, IL

Sr. GrandMaster Yu is available for hour-long private lessons. Each lesson is especially tailored to the needs on the student and their training objectives. More information about Private Martial Arts Lessons
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Kumdo Martial Arts: The Art of the Sword – Oak Park and River Forest, IL

Dating back to before the Common Era, during the period of The Three Kingdoms, the ancient art of Kumdo, or Korean swordsmanship, remains as an enduring practice of grace, power and dignity. “Kumdo” is “The Art of the Sword.” More information about Kumdo Martial Arts.
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12 Week Martial Arts and Self Defense Program in Oak Park, River Forest, IL

The Master Yu 12 Week Program is the perfect way to begin or continue your journey to Martial Arts mastery. Master Yu’s program teaches Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Karate, Kung Fu, Judo and ancient weapons. More information about 12 Week Martial Arts.
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Tae Kwon Do Classes in Riverside, IL

Tae Kwon Do Programs in Oak Park and River Forest, IL

One of the oldest martial arts disciplines, Tae Kwon has been practiced for over 2,000 years, originating in Korea. The main goal of Tae Kwon Do is to unite the spirit, mind, and body by training the body and mind. Sr. GrandMaster Yu is internationally-certified and will give you the training needed to learn Tae Kwon Do. Tae Kwon Do Lessons
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Testimonials

Rating 5  5 Star Moving Rating
“As the saying goes, “behind every great student is a great teacher.” Sr. 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 Sr. 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.”
Rating 5  5 Star Moving Rating
“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.”
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