From its first 750 square foot training space on South Michigan Avenue, Enso is now headquartered in a 6,000 square foot facility at the edge of Chicago’s Loop neighborhood on South Wells Street. With an expansive wood floor, stunning views of the city, and a mix of traditional and modern decor, the Enso dojo provides a beautiful and welcoming space for martial arts practitioners. This location is easily accessible to public transportation and offers discounted parking nearby.
In addition to its downtown dojo, Enso also offers classes at its location in Oak Park, IL and in many after-school programs.
A dojo community, a family
Led by husband and wife duo, Sensei Jay Nacu and Sensei Denise Nacu, Enso provides a nurturing place for students of all ages and levels to learn and grow through the study of martial arts. When they met on the training floor in 1996, they could not have known that karate would help bring them together and eventually form an organization that would bring Shotokan karate to hundreds of adults and youth.
The best thing in life—doing what you love and sharing it with others
Today, Sensei Jay and Sensei Denise lead a strong and dedicated team of instructors, assistants, and staff who have great passion for karate and a desire to share it. They have learned that students of all ages, even the youngest, can experience the fun, enjoyment, depth, and challenge of the martial arts.
Enso: a symbol of discipline, dedication, and balance
Enso is a Japanese word signifying a circle and has no single, fixed meaning. It symbolizes a moment when the mind is free enough to simply let the body or spirit create. The brushed ink of the circle shows the expressive movement of the spirit in time. The enso circle also symbolizes strength, enlightenment, harmony, elegance, and the universe. For us, the enso represents our commitment to personal growth by providing quality programs that emphasize discipline, dedicated practice, and balance of body, mind and spirit.