Our school programs are a great opportunity for children and youth to participate in FMA programs onsite at their schools. Classes are held before, during, or after school. Our program not only teaches the strong foundations of traditional Japanese Shotokan karate, but also cultivates important life skills for children of all ages. Our emphasis on character development encourages children to be respectful, courteous, humble, and thoughtful of others. Good deeds at home, school, and in the community are discussed and praised in class. We employ our S.A.F.E. curriculum, which guides the students in developing the skills to deal with threatening and non-threatening situations with integrity and intelligence.
Safety – Children develop the tools they need to recognize potentially harmful and dangerous situations, and respond appropriately to them. Children learn about situational awareness in a fun, non-threatening way.
Anti-Bullying – Students learn how to identify bullying, help others around them, and report incidents immediately to adults. We also teach our students strategies they can use to diffuse bullying in a non-violent way, by using anger guards, word blocks, and other verbal techniques.
Fitness – Martial arts is an excellent form of exercise and fitness development. Using our elite karate athlete and certified personal trainer expertise, we fuse the best of martial arts and modern exercise science to develop children athletically. Young children practice gross motor skills for their physical development, while older children gain speed, mobility, strength and coordination from our karate fitness program.
Empowerment – As former Karate World Champions, Pan Am Games Gold Medalists, and US Olympic Athletes of the Year, we teach children the importance of setting goals, perseverance, and continuous effort. Students learn the important life lessons of overcoming obstacles, understanding that failure equals feedback, believing in themselves, harnessing the power of a positive mental attitude, and focusing on the task at hand. Empowering our students allows them to develop the confidence and assertiveness they need to say “No” to an adult or their peers in a potentially dangerous situation.
We have had programs in these local schools
- Chicago – Creme de la Creme Lincoln Park
- Chicago – Bell Elementary School
- Chicago – Bennett Day School
- Chicago – Courtenay Language Arts School
- Chicago – Hawthorne Elementary School
- Chicago – Prescott Elementary School
- Chicago – Solomon Elementary School
- Chicago – St. Josephat School
- Chicago – Waters Elementary School
- Evanston – Chiaravalle Montessori School
- Evanston – Lincoln Elementary School
- Glenview – Creme de la Creme
- Northfield – Banner Pre-School
- Winnetka – North Shore Country Day School
- Winnetka – Saints Faith Hope & Charity School
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