2015

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  • Wed
    24
    Dec
    2014
    Sun
    04
    Jan
    2015

    Winter Break (no karate classes)

    All dojo locations

    Enso karate classes will be on break from December 24 to January 4, 2015.

  • Fri
    09
    Jan
    2015

    Make Up Belt Exam (Kyu levels)

    7:05 PM

    412 S. Wells Street, 7th Floor

    Cost: $45 for white through purple belts; $60 for 3rd and 2nd kyu (brown belts)

    Registration: Pay in person,  register online, or provide permission to charge your account by January 7, 2015.

  • Sat
    17
    Jan
    2015

    FREE Breakdancing Workshop

    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Chicago Dojo

    The Art of Breaking with Kid Jungle

    FREE Breakdancing Workshop!

    Kid Jungle's Breaking workshop on January 17, 2015 will introduce you The Art of Breaking (Hip Hop and Breakdancing) classes at Enso. The workshop will be held from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at our Chicago location.

    Come learn some fun and energetic drills, basics, and concepts to prepare you to step into the world of Breakdancing. Open to adults and youth ages 7 and up.

    A new session of classes starts on January 19, 2015.  Registration details below.

      

      

    The Art of Breaking (Hip Hop and Breakdancing)

    Class time:  Mondays 4:15pm – 5:15pm

    Winter 2015  Session Dates: 6 Class Session: Jan 19, 26: Feb 2, 9, 16, 23

    Fees:

    Min 6 / Max 24

    Instructor: Kid Jungle

  • Sat
    07
    Feb
    2015

    Enso Dojo Tournament 2015

    9:00 a.m.

    Chicago Dojo

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    We are excited to host a friendly karate tournament that will be held in our Chicago dojo on Saturday, February 7, 2015.

    We hope that you can join us for a great event that aims to help build healthy competition, good sportsmanship, and tournament experience. This tournament is open to all of our students, ages 4 and above. 

    Deadline  •  Events  •  Fees  •  Enso Elite Athletes  •  Volunteers  •  Tournament Rules • Registration

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    DEADLINE

    The registration deadline is Friday, January 30, 2015. Additionally, students interested in the Team Kata event must meet the "early registration deadline" of Friday, January 23, 2015.

    Divisions and start times will be announced the week of the tournament.

    EVENTS

    Kinder Karate: Students ages 4-5 will compete by demonstrating their kihon (basic techniques). A great first tournament experience for the little ones! $20

    Beginner Youth Kata and Kihon: Beginner students (white, yellow and orange -- 10th kyu through 8th kyu) ages 6 and above will compete in two events -- individual kata and kihon (basic techniques). $40

    Intermediate/Advanced Youth Kata and Kumite: Intermediate/advanced youth (green belts and above -- 7th kyu and higher) ages 6 and above and all adult students will compete in two  events -- individual kata and individual kumite (free sparring). A great opportunity to test your mental and physical skills. $40

    Adult Kata and Kumite: All adult students will compete in two  events -- individual kata and individual kumite (free sparring). A great opportunity to test your mental and physical skills. $40

    Team Kata Competition (Early Deadline: Jan. 23, 2015): Youth and adults may also compete in Team Kata. Youth students interested in team kata must register by the early deadline on Friday, January 23, 2015, after which Sensei Jay will form teams to be announced as soon as possible. Adults interested in team kata should form their own groups and submit a team roster to info@ensokarate.com.  $5 per athlete.

    FEES

    • Kinder Karate Competition (1 Event: Kihon): $20
    • Beginner Youth Competition (2 Events: Kihon & Kata): $40
    • Intermediate/Advanced Youth Competition (2 Events: Kumite & Kata): $40
    • All Adults Competition (2 Events: Kumite & Kata): $40
    • Team Kata Fee Per Athlete: $5

    ENSO ELITE ATHLETES

    Enso Elite Tournament Team members will be registered automatically. Please email info@ensokarate.com if your child will NOT be participating in this tournament by January 30, 2015.

    Participation in Youth Team Kata is optional. Students should inform Sensei Jay if they wish to participate in the team event by January 23, 2015, and he will advise them on team assignments.

    VOLUNTEERS

    As with many of Enso's events, they would not be possible without the great efforts and help of our community. We'd be grateful for your help to make this February's dojo tournament a fun, healthy, and smooth running event for all! Please complete our volunteer sign-up form so we know when you might be available to help out and what activities you'd prefer.

    TOURNAMENT RULES

    Please download a PDF of our tournament rules.

    HOW TO REGISTER

    Registration is now closed.

  • Mon
    23
    Feb
    2015

    Spring Session begins

    Auto-payments for Spring Session processed on this date.

  • Sat
    28
    Feb
    2015

    Focus Junior Karate Tournament

    CARY-GROVE HIGH SCHOOL
    2208 Three Oaks Rd. 
    Cary, IL 60013

    For Enso Elite Team members.

    Tournament Info.

  • Sat
    14
    Mar
    2015

    Belt Exams

    Exam starts at 9:00 AM; arrival times vary according to rank

    Chicago dojo

    Belt ExamBelt exams for kyu ranks (below black belt) will be held on Saturday, March 14 , 2014 at the Chicago dojo. Eligibility list is sent to current students by email and posted at dojo.

    If you are eligible to test, please register by March 4, 2015. Prompt registration is appreciated so that we can properly plan and organize the test day.

    If you are not testing, please remember that regularly scheduled karate classes are canceled on test day - but you can still come out to watch exams and support your classmates! Please contact us with any questions about testing. As always, all students and families are invited to watch our examinations for belt promotions.

    Fee: $35
    Tuition must be paid in order to take the test.

    Eligibility: Students who are on the eligibility list are permitted to take the exam.

    Register: Students must pay and register by March 4, 2015 in order to be placed on the exam-day roster. Receipt of exam fee payment confirms your spot in the exam.

    There are multiple ways to register:

    Make-up exam is Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7:00pm; Extra $10 fee. Please only attend this make-up exam if you absolutely cannot attend the belt exam on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

  • Mon
    23
    Mar
    2015

    Spring Break (no karate classes)

    Spring Break (no karate classes): March 23-29, 2015

  • Sat
    28
    Mar
    2015

    Windy City Karate Tournament

    Crown Plaza Hotel
    5440 North River Road
    Rosemont, IL 60018

    A Chicago karate tradition continues at the Windy City Traditional Shotokan Karate Tournament.

  • Sat
    11
    Apr
    2015

    Women's Self-Defense Seminar

    10:30 am - 1:30 pm

    Chicago dojo

    Enso will host a self-defense workshop on April 11, 2015 at our downtown Chicago location. This 3-hour workshop is open to women ages 14 and up. No martial arts experience is necessary. Instructor Linda Donner is a 6th degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and is certified in Krav Maga, the Israeli system of military self-defense.

    Learn more and register.

  • Mon
    13
    Apr
    2015
  • Fri
    17
    Apr
    2015
  • Fri
    01
    May
    2015
    Sun
    03
    May
    2015

    Sensei Iain Abernethy Karate Seminars 2015

    Enso Chicago Dojo
    412 S. Wells Street, 7th Floor
    Chicago, IL  60607

    abernethyFor the third time, Enso is honored to welcome back 6th dan Sensei Iain Abernethy, who will join us all the way from the United Kingdom for a full weekend of karate training. 

    Learn more and register.

  • Fri
    22
    May
    2015
    Mon
    25
    May
    2015

    Memorial Day Break

    All dojo locations

    Enso karate classes will be on break from May 22-25, 2015.

  • Tue
    26
    May
    2015
    Sun
    23
    Aug
    2015

    Summer Session 2015

    Summer Session for karate programs.

  • Fri
    05
    Jun
    2015

    Friday Fun Night

    7-9 p.m.

    Chicago Dojo

    Details TBA.

  • Sat
    06
    Jun
    2015

    Belt Exam

    9 a.m.

    Chicago Dojo

  • Thu
    02
    Jul
    2015
    Sat
    11
    Jul
    2015

    Summer Break I

    There will be no karate classes at the Chicago, Oak Park or South dojos during Summer Break. Enjoy the holiday!

  • Fri
    17
    Jul
    2015

    Make-Up Belt Exam

    Chicago Dojo

    A make-up exam will be held on Friday, July 17 at 7 PM. Extra $10 fee. Please only attend this make-up exam if you absolutely cannot attend the belt exam on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

    Register online.

  • Fri
    24
    Jul
    2015

    Friday Fun Night

    7-9 p.m.

    Chicago Dojo

    Kids (ages 6+) are invited to the dojo for a Game Night, and will have their choice of board games and card games. Bring your favorite games or Pokemon cards if you like. We'll have lots of tables set up, some music playing, and pizza!

    Date
    Friday, July 24th
     
    Time  
    7:00 - 9:00 pm 
    Drop off at 7 pm. Pick up no later than 9:15 pm.

    Location
    Enso Chicago Dojo
    412 S. Wells, Floor 7, Chicago, IL 60607  

    Ages  
    Ages 6 and up. Feel free to invite your friends to register with you.
     
    Fee
    $20 per child, which includes pizza. 
    Register for Friday Fun Night online. Space is limited. 
  • Sat
    25
    Jul
    2015

    Beach Training 2015

    9:30am

    31st Street Beach

    Instead of our regularly scheduled Saturday classes, Enso students of all ages and ranks are invited to train at the 31st Street Beach  starting at 9:30 a.m. Bring your families and friends along!
     
    We recommend planning to get there at 9:00 am or earlier so you have plenty of time to find parking, find the group, and roll up your gi pants! Paid parking is available near the beach.
     
    We will hold a group class for about one hour, then take some pictures. Stick around for as long as you like afterwards for fun at the beach! Please bring your own drinks and snacks.
     
    Beach training has been a great opportunity for us to enjoy the beautiful, summer weather without sacrificing time to practice karate. Plus, it's a really cool photo-op! 
     
    In the case of thunderstorms, classes will be held as usual in the downtown Chicago dojo. Please check our website and Facebook page by 8:30am. 
  • Mon
    17
    Aug
    2015
    Fri
    21
    Aug
    2015
  • Fri
    21
    Aug
    2015
    Sun
    23
    Aug
    2015

    Adult Karate Retreat Weekend

    Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL

    This fun and stress-free weekend of karate training, exercise and bonding is designed for Enso's adult karate students (all ranks aged 18+) and will be held at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.  (Children to be lovingly left at home -- with some supervision, we hope!)

    Training
    Sensei Saul Notario, Sensei Jay Nacu and Sensei Denise Nacu will teach classes from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (with breaks, of course!). The schedule will include conditioning, kumite drills, bunkai and weapons training for self defense, instructor training, and elective sessions including a women's class. A final detailed schedule will be released closer to the retreat weekend.

    Fun!
    There will be some organized group activities, including a meet-and-greet by the pool on Friday afternoon (check-in time is 4:00 p.m.), group dinners on Friday and Saturday nights, and possibly a group lunch on Sunday before heading home (check-out time is noon).  The resort also offers a wide variety of amenities that we're sure many will choose to utilize -- two pools; volleyball, tennis, and basketball courts; a comedy club; and a spa, to name a few.

    Training Fee & Registration
    A $70 registration fee covers Saturday training and Saturday lunch. Register Now!

    Resort Reservations
    Pheasant Run Resort is located at 4051 East Main Street, St Charles, IL 60174. The resort is offering a special rate of $99 (+tax and resort fee) per room (1 king or 2 queen beds) per night for our group. Call (630) 584-6300 to make a reservation and be sure to (a) identify yourself as a member of Enso Karate Workshop, (b) request a room located in the G wing, or in the F wing if G is not available, to be closer to the training space, and (c) call before July 22nd.

  • Mon
    24
    Aug
    2015
    Sun
    30
    Aug
    2015

    Summer Break II

    There will be no karate classes at the Chicago, Oak Park or South dojos during the break.

  • Mon
    31
    Aug
    2015

    Start of Fall Session

    Fall Session for karate programs. 

  • Fri
    04
    Sep
    2015
    Mon
    07
    Sep
    2015

    Fall Break 2015

    There will be no karate classes at the Chicago, Oak Park or South dojos during break.

  • Sat
    26
    Sep
    2015

    Belt Exams

    Exam starts at 9:00 AM; arrival times vary according to rank

    Chicago Dojo

    Belt ExamBelt exams for kyu ranks (below black belt) will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26 , 2015 at the Chicago dojo. Eligibility list is sent to current students by email and posted at dojo.

    If you are eligible to test, please register by Sept. 23, 2015. Prompt registration is appreciated so that we can properly plan and organize the test day.

    If you are not testing, please remember that regularly scheduled karate classes are canceled on test day - but you can still come out to watch exams and support your classmates! Please contact us with any questions about testing. As always, all students and families are invited to watch our examinations for belt promotions.

    Fee: $35
    Tuition must be paid in order to take the test.

    Eligibility: Students who are on the eligibility list are permitted to take the exam.

    Register: Students must pay and register by Sept. 19, 2015 in order to be placed on the exam-day roster. Receipt of exam fee payment confirms your spot in the exam.

    There are multiple ways to register:

    Make-Up Exam: A make-up exam will be held on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 at 7 PM. Extra $10 fee. Please only attend this make-up exam if you absolutely cannot attend the belt exam on Saturday, September 26, 2015. Register for the make-up exam online.

  • Sat
    03
    Oct
    2015

    Women's Self-Defense Seminar

    11 AM - 2 PM

    Chicago Dojo

    Linda Donner Self Defense 2Enso will host a self-defense workshop on Oct. 3, 2015, at our downtown Chicago location. This 3-hour workshop is open to women ages 14 and up. No martial arts experience is necessary. Instructor Linda Donner is a 6th degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and is certified in Krav Maga, the Israeli system of military self-defense.

    REGISTER

    This workshop will cover:

    • Basic awareness
    • Effects of fear and ways to handle fear
    • Personal safety tips
    • Situational role plays
    • Physical drills practice
    • Simple footwork
    • Blocking & strikes
    • Grabs, holds & choke defenses

    Don’t miss this opportunity to practice simple, effective verbal and physical skills for self-defense.

     

     
  • Sun
    11
    Oct
    2015

    Focus - Shotokan Junior Tournament

    Lake in the Hills, IL

    This local tournament is open to athletes ages 4-15. Participants must purchase an AAU membership for this upcoming year in order to compete.  

    If you are interested in competing, please return this form and payment to Sensei Jay by Saturday, October 3rd.
  • Sun
    25
    Oct
    2015

    Fonseca Cup

    9 AM

    Beardsley Gym at the Evanston Township High School

    All Enso students are invited to participate in this local tournament. Details are online. After you register, please notify Enso by emailing Sensei Jay at jay@ensostudio.com.

  • Sat
    07
    Nov
    2015

    Enso Elite Karate Tournament Team Informational Meeting

    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Chicago Dojo

    Enso Elite Karate Team

    Interested in competing with our tournament team, Enso Elite, in the 2015-2016 season? Learn about being involved in the team at our informational meeting on Saturday, November 7th. The Enso Elite team is open to youth (ages 7 and up) and adult karate students. Parents and interested athletes are invited to attend. 

    Meeting Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    On-Site Registration Time: 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM

    Joining the team is a great way to gain competition experience, develop good sportsmanship, and be part of a team! 

    Please RSVP for the information meeting here, where you can let us know that you plan to come (or that you can't come but have interest), and provide any questions in advance.

    Are you interested in competition, but not sure if the Enso Elite team is the right option for you? We will also discuss some other opportunities for students to compete this year.

  • Sun
    15
    Nov
    2015

    Registration Deadline for Enso Elite Team

    If you need copies of the enrollment forms, please contact Mary Wong at mary@ensokarate.com.

  • Sat
    21
    Nov
    2015

    All-Hawaii State Championships

    Good Luck to Noah, AJ, Charlie, Maile & Mateo. Sensei Jay and Sensei Denise will be part of the coaching staff for the for AAU Karate National Team.

  • Mon
    23
    Nov
    2015
  • Tue
    24
    Nov
    2015
    Sun
    29
    Nov
    2015
  • Mon
    30
    Nov
    2015
  • Sat
    05
    Dec
    2015

    Punok Tournament

    Greenwood,IN

    Optional and for Enso Elite athletes only.

  • Sat
    12
    Dec
    2015
  • Wed
    23
    Dec
    2015
    Sun
    03
    Jan
    2016
  • Sun
    27
    Dec
    2015

    Enso Holiday Party

    Chicago Dojo

    Potluck and Talent Show. All Enso students and families are invited. Details TBA.