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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 offer tiered pricing – which allows those who can afford it the opportunity to support those less able
  • We offer remote classes – which we know is essential for safety in the “New Abnormal” of Covid-19
  • 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.

When is it?

Our next series starts the week of April 5th.  We encourage you to take 2 to 3 classes a week.  Class times are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15 – 6:15 PM, and on Saturdays from 12:30 – 1:30 PM.  It will help us to plan if you let us know what you expect your schedule to be, but it’s optional, and you are free to change it if you need to.   This beginner series runs for 8 weeks.  We hope you’ll continue past this series!  Karate can be a lifelong practice.  We’ll talk about next steps if you’d like to continue near the end of the series.

How much does it cost?

We offer a tiered pricing structure — you choose Reduced, Standard, or Supporter rates, which for one person is $100/$150/$200.  For 2 people from the same household, add $25, for 3 or more from the same household, add $50.  If finances are a barrier, contact us and we’ll discuss options.

What do you get for the cost?

  • 8 weeks of unlimited classes
  • Free Uniform ($35 value) at completion
  • a 15-minute PRIVATE session to be scheduled at your convenience during the second month of the series


Where is it?

This series is remote — so it’s at your space, via Zoom.  We’ll send you a link the week before classes start.  The link will be the same for every class, so hold onto it.  If you ever need it again, just let us know and we’ll re-send it!

Going forward, we anticipate continuing to offer classes remotely for the foreseeable future, even post-pandemic.  As the weather warms up and conditions become safer to gather indoors with groups of people, we will also start offering in-person classes (first outdoors and eventually indoors).  If you choose to continue training with us, you’ll need to come in-person for rank advancement, and we will eventually strongly encourage you to take at least some of your classes in-person.  Once we start offering in-person classes, the locations we plan on offering them are Warren Park (6601 N. Western Ave; Pratt and Western) and the United Church of Rogers Park (1545 W. Morse; Morse & Ashland Ave).

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 remote multi-level classes 5 days a week!

Ready to sign up?

Fill out the form below and we’ll contact you from there!