Next Beginners’ Series for Adults

Karate for Every Body, and for everybody!  Join us to start your martial path.

Tuesday, June 22 – Saturday, August 21st

8-week series

  • Includes a free uniform!
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays in Warren Park, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
  • Saturdays Remote or in-person at the United Church of Rogers Park, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
  • See our Pricing page for rates

(Looking for classes for kids? Check out our Karate for Kids and Families page!)

Why Every Body Karate?

Because no body is perfect and every body deserves to feel safe, strong, and respected. Start karate with the body you have today. We want each person to discover the joy of karate in the body they have—not the body someone else tells them they should have.

How to we make our classes welcoming to every body at Jin Sei Ryu Karate-Do Chicago?

  • We use trauma-aware teaching practices
  • We create a trans-affirming space
  • We work with people with a variety of abilities and a variety of fitness levels
  • We offer tiered pricing – which allows those who can afford it the opportunity to support those less able
  • We offer affordable one-on-one remote or in-person private lessons

What do you mean by Body-positive karate? 

At Culture of Safety, we know that people come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and abilities. We believe and are committed to the principle that each person gets to practice karate with the body they have–not the body they (or someone else) wishes they had. We recognize that size is not necessarily an indicator of fitness; fitness looks different for each body.

As part of our commitment to inclusivity and diversity, we teach from a body-positive, trans-affirming, and trauma-aware perspective. Whatever your age, whatever your fitness level, we’re here to help you find your strongest, most confident, and most empowered self. All classes are currently taught by Amy Jones and Kyren Epperson. Amy Jones, LSW (she/her) is a 3rd degree black belt and a licensed social worker, as well as a certified empowerment self-defense instructor.  Kyren Epperson, PhD (they/them) is a 2nd degree black belt, a teacher of samatha meditation, and a student of Zen Shiatsu massage (bodywork) as well as a certified empowerment self-defense instructor. With their blend of backgrounds, Senpai Amy and Senpai Kyren work to create an empowering environment where folks of all ages and stages can feel safe exploring something new.

What if I want to keep taking classes after the 8 weeks?

No worries! After completing the the series, you can join as a member at one of our monthly membership tiers to gain access to multi-level classes 5 days a week!

Ready to sign up?

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