Jin Sei Ryu Karate-Do Chicago is lead and taught by Senpai Amy Jones and Senpai Kyren Epperson as a part of our Rogers Park-based business, Culture of Safety. We are proud to be a part of the Jin Sei Ryu™ Karate-Do international family. We offer classes in karate to kids (age 4+) and adults of all ages and stages.

How is Culture of Safety’s karate program different?

Senpai Amy and Senpai Kyren (left to right)

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.

Our approach to health and fitness prioritizes each person as a whole and recognizes that we neither can nor should be the experts in all fields of wellness. Part of our job is to help connect each person or family with the relevant local resources to best support their wellness path. This may involve connecting students with mental health services, nutritional and wellness practitioners, massage and physical therapy, and countless other services. Each person’s path is unique.

As part of our commitment to inclusivity and diversity, we teach from a body-positive and trans-positive perspective. We give feedback based on the person in front of us, not on our assumptions of someone’s fitness level, gender, or biological sex. We do not create artificial divisions by sex or gender. Our goal is to create a space where truly all genders and gender expressions feel welcome to explore a path in karate.

We teach from the heart, with joy and enthusiasm. In a Culture of Safety-run karate class, you will never run out of challenges, but you will always have a community at your back as you face these challenges. Whatever your age, whatever your fitness level, we’re here to help you find your strongest, most confident, and most empowered self.

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