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Traditional Karate Classes in Central Illinois

Discover the key to perfecting self-defense moves with Kosho Kai Karate’s courses. We are a private club that offers traditional karate classes in Central Illinois. We are very passionate at what we do, so you can be sure that we will do everything we can to help you hone your combat skills. Our goal is to have a positive impact on our students’ lives. Call us to sign up for our classes. We look forward to teaching you!

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Who We Are

Kosho Kai Karate was founded in 1997, and we are a private club that has over 40 years of experience in the industry. We offer traditional karate classes to adults and children ages three and above. Our training program includes different kinds of combative lessons. In addition to that, we have:

  • Mini-Tigers Sessions (for Children Ages Three to Five)
  • Women’s Self-Defense Lessons
  • Kobudo (Okinawan Weapons) Lessons
  • Koshiki (Combative) Lessons
  • Self-Defense Lessons
  • Karate Lessons
  • Jiu-Jitsu Lessons

What We Teach

Okinawan Matsumura Seito Shorin-ryu is an ancient rural style of karate that is taught as a highly aesthetic art form. It was heavily influenced by cultural tradition and is incredibly effective for personal protection. Meanwhile, Shuri-ryu karate is a highly stylized sport form of karate that emphasizes athleticism and competition.

Both of these karate styles are taught in their original forms in the Kosho Kai Karate curriculum. This two-pronged approach to karate results in a well-rounded program that combines fitness, self-defense, sport, authentic tradition, and fun.

How Students See Us

We value every student we have at Kosho Kai Karate. That’s why people put their trust in us. Read what our students think about our classes.

“My daughter loves the dojo and not only the family who runs it but the family of students, parents, etc. The instructors are top-notch and the best at what they do.”

– Kristin M.

Karate Styles

Karate, the Japanese word assigned to the Okinawan discipline of self-defense in the early 20th century, has evolved along three distinct paths in response to the wants and needs of its practitioners. Classical art, combat sport, and civil self-defense are the three branches of development. Frank and Patricia Fink, our club’s founders, have collectively dedicated over sixty years to the study of this fascinating art.

The personal experiences of the proprietors have brought them through numerous stages, allowing them to thoroughly study the aesthetic, combative, competitive, and self-development components of karate. They’ve collaborated to create a diverse and adaptable curriculum that allows adult and youth students to customize their karate experience to their own goals.