Enso Karate Athletes Made Waves at the 2017 Honolulu International Karate Championships

We are so proud of the Enso athletes who participated in the 58th All Hawaii State Karate Championships / 2017 Honolulu International Karate-do Championships as part of the AAU US Team on Nov. 18, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  The 8 athletes from our dojo earned 22 medals! See individual results below.

  • Brianna Santucci – 1st place kata, 1st place kumite, 3rd place team kumite
  • Mateo Nacu – 2nd place family team kata, 1st place team kata, 2nd place kata, 1st place kumite, 3rd place team kumite
  • Milo Platz-Walker – 3rd place kumite, 3rd place team kumite
  • Davian Barber – 1st place team kata, 1st place kata, 1st place kumite
  • Maile Nacu – 2nd place family team kata, 3rd place kata
  • Maxine Ivey – 3rd place kata
  • Zachary Gin – 1st place team kata, 2nd place kata, 2nd place kumite, 3rd place team kumite
  • Katie Coleman – 2nd place senior kata, 3rd place Kumite

Mahalo to our gracious hosts for a fun and memorable experience!

 

2017 Chicagoland Karate-Do Challenge draws athletes from the midwest and beyond

The October 29, 2017 Chicagoland Karate-Do Challenge was a great success bringing together about 250 athletes representing 20 dojos from the midwest and beyond. This AAU sanctioned tournament is co-hosted by Enso Karate and Nisei Dojo. Thank you to everyone who made this experience possible. We hope to see you at future events this year!

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Adult Karate Students Retreat to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

A special event for the adult karate students of the dojo was held on September 15-17, 2017 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The Adult Karate Retreat took place on the campus of George Williams College and featured karate training sessions and activities to build the bonds of dojo friendship.  We had many fine meals together, time for a hike around the lake, and late night chats around the fire pit. Our 3rd annual retreat is in the books and we’re already talking about next year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enso Elite Karate Team makes strong showing at 2017 AAU Karate Nationals

The Enso Elite Karate Team participated in the  2017 AAU Karate National Championships which was held in Raleigh, NC June 29 – July 1, 2017.

Our team took home 47 medals (16 gold, 20 silver, 11 bronze), and many of our athletes landed in 4th or 5th place in huge, tough divisions. We are so proud of how hard our athletes worked all year to prepare themselves mentally, physically, and emotionally for this intense week. Be sure to check out some of the live stream videos we posted on our Enso Karate Facebook page.

 

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS:

Sensei Jay (35-44yo) — 1st place senior kata

Sensei Denise (35-44yo) — 3rd place senior kata, 1st place team kata

AJ Cesar (15yo) — 1st place kata, 2nd place kumite

Angel C. (13yo) — 3rd place kata, 3rd place kumite, 1st place team kata, 2nd place team kumite

Brianna S. (9yo) — 2nd place kata, 2nd place kumite

Christine C. (14yo) — 3rd place kata, 1st place kumite, 1st place team kata, 2nd place team kumite

Davian B. (11yo) — 2nd place kumite, 2nd place team kata, 2nd place team kumite

Dominique C. (16yo) — 1st place kata, 1st place kumite

Elaine C. (18-34yo) — 1st place team kata

Gabriel M. (9yo) — 2nd place team kumite

Gabriel T. (12yo) — 1st place kata, 1st place kumite

Katie C. (18-34yo) — 1st place team kata

Kepler B. (15yo) — National team athlete

Maile N. (12yo) — 3rd place kata, 1st place kumite, 1st place team kata, 2nd place team kumite

Mateo N. (10yo) — 3rd place kata, 2nd place kumite, 2nd place team kumite (X2)

Maxine Ivey (13yo) — 2nd place team kumite

Milo P. (10yo) — 3rd place kumite, 2nd place team kumite, 2nd place team kata

Pamela W. (55+ yo) — 2nd place senior kata

Richard S. (11yo) — National team athlete

Ryan D. (12yo) — 3rd place kumite, 2nd place team kata, 2nd place team kumite

Suna H. (8yo) — 3rd place kumite

Toby N. (17yo) — 3rd place kumite

Victoria G. (16yo) — 3rd place team kumite

Zachary G. (13yo) — 1st place kata, 1st place kumite, 2nd place ippon kumite

2017 Chicagoland Karate-do Challenge: Tournament & Seminars Announced

The Chicagoland Karate-Do Challenge is an invitational karate tournament which will take place on Sunday, March 26, 2017.

Athletes can compete in kihon (beginners only), kata, kumite, team kata, family team kata, and team kumite. With your support, we will be able to host a successful event with a high level of competition offering athletes the chance to test their skills, forge new friendships, and make new connections.

Registration information can be found here. We hope to see you in March!

Linda Donner
Jay Nacu
Denise Nacu
Tournament Hosts and Organizers

This tournament is hosted and organized by Nisei Dojo and Enso Karate, and licensed by AAU USA. 

Kaminari Zoku 2016, Enso’s Friendly Flash Mob – Glow Version!

In October 2016, Enso Karate students surprised Chicagoans with a glow version performance of Shotokan kata at one of the city’s most recognized sites. Dozens of adults and kids of all ages joined the group to demonstrate kata in synchrony!

Enso Oak Park recognized by public health award

Enso Karate Summer Camp

Enso Karate Camp 2016!

It’s time to register for Karate Camp at Enso!

Kids ages 5-12 will love our fun-filled camp which will be held this year from August 8-12, 2016.  Open to current karate students as well as kids new to martial arts, this camp involves learning new skills; practicing basics, kata, and kumite; fitness games; and more.

Sensei Jay and his amazing team of instructors will keep all campers moving in a positive, social setting.  The highlight is the “Camp Show” and Pizza Party on Friday to showcase their camp experience!

Camp dates:  August 8-12, 2016

Time:  9:00am-12:30pm

Cost: $275 per week

Register online.

Creating "Enso" Art at Summer Camp

2016 Chicagoland Karate-Do Challenge – Karate & Kobudo Seminars

In conjunction with the 2016 Chicagoland Karate-Do Challenge, we’ll be hosting the following seminars presented by some of the most high-ranking and well-respected sensei in the country. This is a great opportunity to expand your karate knowledge and meet fellow karate-ka from other dojos.

WHEN: Saturday, February 27, 2016
WHERE: Enso Dojo, 412 S. Wells Street, Floor 7, Chicago, IL 60607
FEE: $40 per seminar
WHO & WHAT:
  • Karate Seminar with Sensei Jo Mirza: 11am-1pm*
  • Bo Seminar with Sensei Kiyoshi Nishime: 1:15pm-2:45pm
  • Sai Seminar with Sensei Kiyoshi Nishime: 3:00pm-4:30pm

*Enso students may take this class in place of the regularly scheduled 11am class.

REGISTRATION: Please register using our online registration form, or email us to let us know it’s okay to charge your card on file.