2018

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  • Fri
    22
    Dec
    2017
    Mon
    01
    Jan
    2018
  • Sat
    20
    Jan
    2018

    Belt Exams

    9:00am

    Chicago dojo

    Regular classes will not be held due to this event. 
     
    Eligibility: See Eligibility List sent to students by email. Eligibility is determined by instructors, who consider Training Time Requirements, consistency of attendance, effort, performance, attitude, and ability to perform exam requirements. The most important factors are meeting the minimum required training times, and consistency and frequency of training. 
     
    Fee: $35 for students who are currently white through purple belts; $50 for students who are currently 3rd and 2nd kyu (brown belts). Any outstanding fees must be paid before taking the exam.
     
     
  • Fri
    16
    Feb
    2018

    Make-Up Belt Exams

    Chicago dojo

  • Mon
    19
    Mar
    2018
    Sun
    25
    Mar
    2018
  • Sat
    14
    Apr
    2018

    Windy City Traditional Karate Tournament

    Christian Liberty Academy, 502 West Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL  60004

    We hope everyone — youth and adults ages 4 and up — will consider joining us to represent Enso at this year’s Windy City Karate Tournament!
     
    Fee: $40 for 1 event, $75 for 2 events, $95 for 3 events, and $120 for 4 events 
    Note: Students are responsible for forming their own teams for team kata, though please ask if you would like some help getting a team together.

    Registration: Registration forms can be downloaded here.  

    Please submit your form and payment (check payable to “Joe Gonzalez”) to the front desk or Sensei Jay by March 20, 2018. If you need help selecting events for you or your child(ren), please contact us.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at info@ensokarate.com.

  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018

    Belt Exams

    9:00am

    Chicago dojo

    Regular classes will not be held due to this event. 
     
    Eligibility: See Eligibility List sent to students by email. Eligibility is determined by instructors, who consider Training Time Requirements, consistency of attendance, effort, performance, attitude, and ability to perform exam requirements. The most important factors are meeting the minimum required training times, and consistency and frequency of training. 
     
    Fee: $35 for students who are currently white through purple belts; $50 for students who are currently 3rd and 2nd kyu (brown belts). Any outstanding fees must be paid before taking the exam.
     
     
  • Fri
    18
    May
    2018

    Make-Up Belt Exams

    Chicago dojo

    If you were eligible for the April 20 exam but couldn’t make it, the make-up exam will be held at the Chicago dojo (412 S. Wells, Floor 7. Chicago, IL) on May 18 starting at 7:00 PM. Register online.

  • Fri
    25
    May
    2018
    Mon
    28
    May
    2018

    Memorial Day Holiday

    No karate classes will be held at the Chicago or Oak Park dojos over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Enjoy!

  • Fri
    25
    May
    2018

    Enso's Memorial Day Weekend Get-Together

    6pm

    Vice District Brewing
    1454 S Michigan Ave

    As usual, Enso likes to arrange a little get-together for adult students (21+) during our breaks. Hope you can make it!

  • Fri
    08
    Jun
    2018

    Friday Fun Night: Nerf Wars!

    7-9 p.m.

    Chicago Dojo

    This popular event for youth students is back this summer! Parents: Drop off your child while they have a blast at the dojo. Students can bring friends along too.

    Ages: 5 and up
    Fee: $25 per child, which includes pizza
    What to Bring: 
    • Nerf guns and ammo (Enso will not provide this) 
    • Comfortable clothing
    • Safety eyewear/goggles (required)

    Register Online

  • Tue
    26
    Jun
    2018
    Wed
    04
    Jul
    2018

    Summer Break I - Independence Day Holiday

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

  • Tue
    26
    Jun
    2018
    Sat
    30
    Jun
    2018

    AAU National Karate Championships

    Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    Members of the Enso Elite Karate Team will compete at the AAU National Karate Championships. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates!

  • Fri
    06
    Jul
    2018

    Friday Fun Night: Nerf Wars!

    7-9 p.m.

    Chicago Dojo

    This popular event for youth students is back this summer! Parents: Drop off your child while they have a blast at the dojo. Students can bring friends along too.

    Ages: 5 and up
    Fee: $25 per child, which includes pizza
    What to Bring: 
    • Nerf guns and ammo (Enso will not provide this) 
    • Comfortable clothing
    • Safety eyewear/goggles (required)

    Register Online

  • Sat
    21
    Jul
    2018

    Black Belt Exam and Seminars!

    Chicago dojo

    Enso Karate will host a packed day of activities for our dojo community. For the students who will be testing for a black belt rank, this will be their opportunity to demonstrate their progress in front of judges, peers, family, and friends. We hope you will take part in the events of the day!
     
    Because of this once-a-year special event, regular karate classes will not be held on Saturday, July 21st. Instead of regular classes, we hope our current students will attend our karate seminars featuring our guest instructors; there is no fee for current students to attend these classes, which are a lot of fun and a great way to learn something new!
     
    9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Karate Seminars
    We will host two special karate seminars in the morning with our special guest instructors, Sensei Dwight Holley from Cincinnati, OH, and Sensei Morris Lawrence III from Ann Arbor, MI. Our tentative seminar topics are:
     
    Heian Kata and Applications
    9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
    Open to all ranks ages 6 and up
     
    Advanced Kata
    10:30 – 11:30 p.m.
    Open to brown and black belts only
     
    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch Break
    Following the morning seminars, we will take a break for lunch (on your own).
    12:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Black Belt Test
    Enso karate students, friends, and family are invited to watch the exam — please come support these students as they take this significant step! 
    5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Black Belt Celebration Dinner

    All students and families are welcome to enjoy a meal in celebration together at MingHin restaurant in Chinatown (2168 S. Archer Ave. Chicago, IL). Results of the exam will given at the dinner. The cost for dinner for each person is $25. Infants and toddlers who will sit in a high chair are not required to pay; however, please inform us so that we can make arrangements. You can pay at the dojo or purchase online here. Seating is limited; please purchase your tickets soon. Payments must be received by July 7, 2018.

  • Wed
    01
    Aug
    2018
    Sat
    04
    Aug
    2018

    Special Training Opportunity with Sensei Tatsuya Naka, 7th Dan

    Wednesday & Thursday at Enso Karate (412 S. Wells Street, 7th Floor, Chicago)

    Friday & Saturday at JKA Hu Shin Kai dojo (3935 W. Irving Park Road, 2nd Floor, Chicago)

    Enso is honored to co-host a special series of training sessions with JKA Hu Shin Kai Karate. The sessions will be led by Tatsuya Naka Sensei, 7th degree, one of the most renowned martial artists in Japan as well as a world-renowned instructor, coach, and competitor.

    ***Please Note: Enso will be hosting the first two days of sessions on Wednesday, August 1, and Thursday, August 2.  In honor of this rare opportunity for all our students and for the Chicago karate community, we are canceling all regularly scheduled classes at both Chicago and Oak Park dojos on Aug. 1-2.***

    About Tatsuya Naka Sensei: Tatsuya Naka Sensei is one of the most famous marital artists in Japan today. He holds 7th dan, and he is a full-time instructor at JKA HQ in Tokyo, Japan. After many years of competition and coaching for the Japan team in JKA Japan and Worlds, he continued to advance his martial arts by learning and collaborating with various martial artists. His knowledge is unprecedented, and his desire to continue advancing martial arts is inspiring so many people in the martial arts world. He also teaches at his dojo, Taishijuku, which is also located in Tokyo. He teaches about half of the time teaching literally all over the world.

    For a full schedule and registration information, visit Hu Shin Kai’s website and click on 2018 Camp Information!

  • Sat
    04
    Aug
    2018

    Belt Exams

    9:00am

    Chicago dojo

    Regular classes will not be held due to this event. 
     
    Eligibility: See Eligibility List sent to students by email. Eligibility is determined by instructors, who consider Training Time Requirements, consistency of attendance, effort, performance, attitude, and ability to perform exam requirements. The most important factors are meeting the minimum required training times, and consistency and frequency of training. 
     
    Fee: $35 for students who are currently white through purple belts; $50 for students who are currently 3rd and 2nd kyu (brown belts). Any outstanding fees must be paid before taking the exam.
     
     
  • Sat
    11
    Aug
    2018

    Beach Training 2018

    9:30 am

    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
    13
    Aug
    2018
    Fri
    17
    Aug
    2018

    Summer Camp 2018

    Chicago Dojo

    Kids ages 5-12 will love our fun-filled camp which will be held this year from August 13-17, 2018.  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!

    Learn more and register.

  • Fri
    17
    Aug
    2018

    Make-Up Exam

    7:00 PM

    Chicago dojo

    A make-up exam will be held on Friday, August 17, 2018. We ask students to make their best efforts to take the regular exam, and only take the make-up exam if absolutely necessary. An extra $10 fee is assessed to make-up exams. Brown belts must take the Saturday exam.

    Register for the Make-Up Exam online.

  • Sun
    26
    Aug
    2018
    Mon
    03
    Sep
    2018

    Summer Break II - Labor Day Holiday

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

  • Sat
    15
    Sep
    2018

    Enso Elite Informational Meeting

    1 PM

    Chicago dojo

    Interested in joining our tournament team? Parents and athletes are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn about expectations, goals/benefits, tournament calendar, and special fees. This meeting will be held at Chicago dojo from 1-2pm.

    PLEASE RSVP

  • Sun
    30
    Sep
    2018

    Referee Training for the Chicagoland Karate-Do Challenge

    1:30-3 PM

    Chicago dojo

    All black belts ages 15+ are welcome to volunteer as an official/referee at the CKC tournament. This training is required for officials. SIGN-UP

  • Sun
    07
    Oct
    2018

    Volunteer Training for the Chicagoland Karate-Do Challenge

    1:30-3 PM

    Chicago dojo

    Successful tournaments require many helping hands! During this meeting, we will outline all volunteer roles and provide specialized training to your assigned tasks — including our new electronic scoreboards! This training is required for volunteers. SIGN-UP
     
  • Fri
    12
    Oct
    2018
    Sun
    14
    Oct
    2018

    Chicago Tai Chi Event (No Enso Karate Classes)

    No karate classes will be held.  Chicago Tai Chi will be hosting a major event at the dojo, Tai Chi for Taoist Meditation. We are happy to help Enso's Tai Chi program host this event, which is expected to be very well attended by tai chi practitioners from across the country.

  • Mon
    15
    Oct
    2018

    6-Week Intro Session B begins

    New students are invited to take the 6-Week Intro Session. EMAIL US with any questions.

  • Sun
    28
    Oct
    2018

    Chicagoland Karate-Do Challenge

    The 2018 Chicagoland Karate-Do Challenge is an invitational karate tournament co-hosted by Enso Karate and Nisei Dojo, and sanctioned by AAU Karate.

    We strongly encourage all members of our dojo community to come out and participate in our tournament — either as an athlete or volunteer! 

    All information is available on our tournament website: http://chicagolandkaratedo.wixsite.com/2018challenge

    Or, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask Sensei Jay or Sensei Denise.

  • Sat
    10
    Nov
    2018

    Belt Exams

    9:00am

    Chicago dojo

    Regular classes will not be held due to this event. 
     
    Eligibility: See Eligibility List sent to students by email. Eligibility is determined by instructors, who consider Training Time Requirements, consistency of attendance, effort, performance, attitude, and ability to perform exam requirements. The most important factors are meeting the minimum required training times, and consistency and frequency of training. 
     
    Fee: $35 for students who are currently white through purple belts; $50 for students who are currently 3rd and 2nd kyu (brown belts). Any outstanding fees must be paid before taking the exam.
     
     
  • Wed
    21
    Nov
    2018
    Sun
    25
    Nov
    2018

    Fall Break - Thanksgiving Holiday

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

  • Fri
    30
    Nov
    2018

    Make-Up Belt Exams

    Chicago dojo

    There is an extra $10 fee to take your exam on this alternative date if you can’t make the official exam on Nov. 10. The make-up exam is only available to students who are currently purple belt or below. 

  • Sun
    23
    Dec
    2018
    Tue
    01
    Jan
    2019

    Winter Break - Christmas/New Years Holiday

    Karate classes will not be held at the Chicago, Oak Park or South dojos during Winter Break. Enjoy the holidays!

Unless otherwise noted, Enso’s events are for current students only.