Come to the Chicago Blast Karate Invitational on January 14, 2023!

Enso Karate and Adamson’s Karate Studios are happy to join together again in hosting the 2023 Chicago Blast Karate Invitational on Saturday, January 14, 2023. Kick off the new year with a fun and friendly karate tournament featuring many individual and team events.
 
EVENTS
Individual Kata
Individual Kumite
Kihon (ages 4-6 only)
Team Kata
Family Team Kata
Team Kumite (WUKF rotational)
Adaptive Kihon
Adaptive Kata

See the tournament website for more information and registration link.

Enso Elite Tournament Team brings home 30 medals from 2022 AAU Karate Regional Championships

The 2022 AAU Karate Regional Championships is in the books!! Wanted to take a moment to say how proud we are of every athlete, coach, referee, and parent from Enso — we are truly a team filled with generosity and kindness (not that it stops us from being ferocious on the mat!). #enso4life
Also a heartfelt thanks to AAU Karate for putting on such a well-run, fun, and safe event. With 50 dojos from 19 states competing in 8 rings, this felt like a mini-nationals! This is great preparation for us all as we head into nationals and worlds. #WeAreAAU
Our medal results:
🥇 7
🥈 13
🥉 10
Total medal count – 30!

Online belt exams at Enso

Our New Dojo Home!

Chicago Blast Karate Invitational to be held on April 10, 2022

Enso Karate and Adamson’s Karate Studios are happy to join together in hosting the 2022 Chicago Blast Karate Invitational on Sunday, April 10, 2022. Kick off the new year with a fun and friendly karate tournament featuring many individual and team events.
 
EVENTS
Individual Kata
Individual Kumite
Kihon (ages 4-6 only)
Team Kata
Family Team Kata
Team Kumite (WUKF rotational)
Adaptive Kihon
Adaptive Kata

See the tournament website for more information and registration link.

Outdoor training events at Enso

In Solidarity with the Black Community

A Statement from Enso Directors Sensei Jay Nacu and Sensei Denise Nacu

Heartache. Despair. Shame. Rage. Sadness. These are the emotions we have been feeling throughout the week, as we read the news, watched the protests, listened to friends, and reflected on our own lives and our own leadership both at the dojo and in our careers as educators. We know we are not alone in these feelings. We see it in the faces of all those around us — at home, on the streets, through Zoom.

We want the Black community to know that we stand with you. We believe Black Lives Matter.

When it comes to systemic racism and injustice, we must all be advocates. We are all part of the problem, and we can all be part of the solution.

Eighteen years ago, we created Enso as a place that values diversity and welcomes everyone. We have always been proud to be a dojo that represents Chicago’s diversity, friendliness, strong work ethic, and healthy sense of competition.  We are so proud of the community that all of us have helped to create. But we also know we can do better, and we are calling ourselves to action to examine how we can fight racism and be more intentionally inclusive.

Beyond our dojo, too, we commit to engaging with our fellow karate-ka to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive karate community. One of the things we appreciate most about karate is that it has given us the opportunity to travel the nation and the world, where we have made many amazing friends. In the spirit of that friendship, we call our fellow karate-ka to action to also listen, learn, and change what needs to be changed.

Since the COVID-19 shutdown began in March, and even more so since George Floyd’s murder on May 25, the bonds we’ve created at Enso and beyond have been more important than ever. Thank you for being amazing and being part of our dojo family. Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay in touch.

Sincerely,
Jay & Denise Nacu