Martial arts training builds focus, physical power, and character

At Enso, students are encouraged to be their best by challenging their bodies and minds. Students learn karate techniques to develop discipline, focus, and a “fighting spirit” all while having fun.

The positive and supportive environment of the dojo helps students learn traditional martial arts values such as self-control, discipline, humility, and respect. The physical challenge of karate training develops strength, balance, flexibility, and coordination.

6-Week Karate Intro for Youth Ages 6 and Up

The 6-Week Karate Intro is for new students and includes two classes per week.  See the Session Dates for the next opportunity to start. Register now with the links on this page or contact us with any questions. Teenage students are welcome to train in Adult and Family karate classes.

Youth 6-Week Intro - Chicago Dojo

Tuition for the 6-Week Intro:
$165 + $50 One-time Registration Fee
(Includes Uniform & Student Handbook)

Choose two Youth Beginners classes:

  • Tues: 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm*
  • Wed: 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Fri: 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm*
  • Sat: 9:00 am – 10:00 am*

*These are Family classes that include a mix of adults and youth.

Youth 6-Week Intro - Oak Park Dojo

Tuition for the 6-Week Intro:
$165 + $50 One-time Registration Fee
(Includes Uniform & Student Handbook)

Classes offered on:

  • Tues: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Thurs: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

These are Family classes that include a mix of adults and youth.

Continuing Students

After completing a 6-Week Intro Session, students who wish to continue training with Enso can enroll in the next  full session. See Tuition & Fees and Policies for details.

The ultimate aim of the art of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the characters of its participants.

— Gichin Funakoshi

Earning Belt Ranks and Stripes

Belt ranks and examinations help students advance forward in their karate training. To achieve the level of black belt, a typical Youth Karate student will practice consistently for about five years. (There are ten belt levels from white belt to black belt.)

Ranks and exams can help teachers understand student progress and set goals for the future.  Students can view ranks as rewards for personal progress and motivation for pushing forward and seeking continual self-improvement. Ranks are also used for grouping for instruction and in competition.  With greater rank, comes greater responsibility at the dojo. Students of higher ranks (sempai) are expected to demonstrate higher levels of skill, knowledge, etiquette, and leadership. Higher ranked students are expected to train more sincerely, take initiative in helping lower ranks (kohai), and lead others by example.

Why Teach Karate to Kids?

We believe that martial arts training is not only a way to learn how to defend oneself in a physical situation, but is a “way of life” that teaches self-control, discipline, respect, confidence, and mental focus. Especially for young students, we believe these are the skills that can help them handle difficult situations and avoid getting into trouble. The physical aspects of karate training provide a fun form of exercise that can help develop healthy attitudes toward fitness that can benefit them in karate and other sports as they grow older. And, to study a traditional martial art like Shotokan Karate involves the student a continuing pursuit of learning about its history, philosophy, and culture.