Karate Seminar this Weekend with Sensei Iain Abernethy (May 2-4, 2014)

We are happy to welcome Sensei Iain Abernethy who will be travelling from the UK to Enso’s Chicago dojo this weekend, May 2 through 4, 2014. Space is still available for all or selected sessions. 

Iain has written a number of critically acclaimed books on the practical application of traditional martial arts and is well known for his work on the pragmatic use of the techniques and concepts recorded in the traditional kata.  He has written many articles and produced videos on these subjects.  This seminar provides a chance to learn and practice with Sensei Abernethy in person.

Students are sure to gain new insights and skills to apply kata-based techniques to practical situations. Participants will be attending from around the midwest, from out of state.

Please email us at info@ensostudio.com with any questions.  All are invited to attend this unique training opportunity!



Friday, May 2, 2014.  6 – 8 pm

  • Foundational Bunkai

Saturday, May 3, 2014.  9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, May 4, 2013. 9 am – 1 pm

  • Historical Development/Background of Kata
  • The 4 stage Approach to Kata
  • How to Analyze the Movements of Kata
  • The Nature of Live Conflict
  • How to Create Effective Bunkai Drills
  • Karate Grappling (throws, locks, chokes, strangles, groundwork)
  • Kata Applications (Heian/Pinan series, Tekki/Naihanchi, Kushanku/Kanku-Dai, Passai/Bassai-Dai,Gankaku/Chinto, others as time allows)
  • Kata-Based-Sparring (live bunkai drills)



  • $175 All Sessions (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
  • $35 Friday Night ONLY

Prorated fees to attend selection sessions is available. Please contact us for more information.


Open to adults 7th kyu and above, and teens 3rd kyu and above


Pay online through our online store or mail a check to Enso: 412 S. Wells Street, 7th Floor, Chicago, IL  60607.


Enso Elite Brings Home 55 Medals from AAU Regional Championships!

GroupOn April 26th – 27th, our tournament team, Enso Elite, competed in the 2014 AAU Regionals in Grayslake, IL. With 45 members on our team, we took home 55 medals in total: 20 gold, 22 silver, and 13 bronze!

Competing among top athletes from all over the region, our students left this experience feeling inspired and filled with excitement as Nationals quickly approaches! We are thankful for the amount of support we receive and effort put forth from our parents and coaches as without them, none of this is possible. We are also proud of the commitment and hard work from our athletes. We understand that preparing and competing for tournaments is never easy, but it is our hope that our athletes continue to become motivated and humbled by the experiences they have.

Way to go, team! With only 2 months left, the countdown to Nationals begins!

Enso Open House – May 10, 2014

To showcase the wonderful community and programs we have at Enso, we are having an OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, May 10th from 11 am – 5pm. Bring your family and friends to this event open for all!

Date: Saturday, May 10th, 2014
Time: 11 am – 5 pm (detailed schedule TBA)
Location: Enso Chicago Dojo, 412 S. Wells, 7th floor, Chicago, IL 60607

Our open house will include demonstrations and free classes. Come try a class, including some exciting, new programs launching this summer!

  • Enso Karate Classes with Enso Karate instructors
  • Enso Tai Chi with Chris Cinnamon
  • Cardio Fit Karate with Linda Donner
  • Bag Slam with Linda Donner
  • The Art of Breaking (hip-hop and break dancing) with Kid Jungle
  • Zumba with Jasmine
  • The Real Youga with Sandria


Detailed schedule will be released soon.


Current Students/Parents

Would you like to volunteer and/or be part of a demonstration?

We would love for you to be part of this event.  Please let us know by completing this volunteer form, if you (or your child) can participate in the Open House.

Looking for a fun activity? Try out our Zumba class!

This class is sure to deliver a fun workout incorporating elements of dance and aerobics. Our Zumba class is open to the public so bring a friend or two!

The next classes will meet from 7:15 – 8:15 PM on:

  • Friday, April 11
  • Friday, April 25
412 S. Wells, 7th floor
Chicago, IL 60607

$10/class (for Enso students or family members)
$12/class (for Non-Enso students)

For questions or informational requests, contact us at info@ensostudio.com.