Sensei Jay Nacu (Godan, 5th degree black belt) and Sensei Denise Nacu (Yondan, 4th degree black belt) co-founded Enso Karate in 2002. Together, they serve as the head instructors over all karate programs, head coaches of the Enso Elite Competition Team, and the owners and operators of this small community business.
Sensei Jay has been a student of martial arts since the age of 10 and was introduced to Shotokan Karate in 1994. He is a tremendously dedicated instructor, paying close attention to the individual needs of every student, while also encouraging a supportive, energetic, and disciplined training environment for the whole group. By day, he teaches Physical Education at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Read more about Sensei Jay
Sensei Denise began studying Shotokan karate in 1996. From the beginning, the mental discipline and the strict attention to form got her hooked on the art as a “way of life.” She values karate for the many ways it can improve and enhance one’s mental and physical well-being. By day, Sensei Denise is an Associate Professor and Director of the School of Design at DePaul University. Read more about Sensei Denise
Since founding Enso Karate in 2002, Sensei Jay and Sensei Denise have established themselves as leading practitioners and instructors of traditional karate, as well as award-winning athletes and coaches on the national and international stage. Under their leadership, the dojo has flourished, becoming home to more than 200 students and families who are dedicated to improving themselves and learning the art of Shotokan Karate.