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.

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What is Jin Sei Ryu?

Jin Sei Ryu Karate-Do is a traditional Japanese style of karate which means “Profound Reflections for Growth Style” of Karate-Do founded by Senior Master Ino Maquirang. Jin Sei Ryu Karate-Do is based in Sydney, Australia.

Jin Sei Ryu Karate-Do uses a personal development framework developed over 45 years that guides students of all ages through a process of growth and achievement, using karate-do as the platform for development.

How is Culture of Safety’s karate program different?

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.

How will you keep me and my family safe during Covid-19 while providing quality instruction?

Excellent question. We will always follow the guidance of our leaders in science: the CDC and WHO. We are currently teaching remote (LIVE!) video classes and in-person classes in a well-ventilated and seldom-used community space with rigorous hygiene and cleaning protocols. All of our classes are physically distanced. There is no contact between students (exceptions are made for household members) and to ensure a minimum safe distance, we (the instructors) do not currently hold target pads, make contact with, or use any hands-on corrections for students. Exceptions for students who require physical support can be negotiated between the individual teacher and student, but will always be an exception to the rule during the ‘New Abdormal.’

For your safety, for the foreseeable future, there will always be a remote class option. We recognize that not all bodies can healthily risk in-person class and that those who care for at-risk folks can’t risk exposure. We will always support your choice to prioritize the safety of yourself, your loved one, and others.  We are also happy to arrange private classes (either remote or in-person outdoors or indoors) to ensure everyone has access to karate while making sure their safety needs are met.

All of our classes, remote or otherwise, are team-taught by Senpai Amy and Senpai Kyren (who cohabitate). With two dedicated teachers, we have options for leading both remote and in-person classes that many fitness classes can’t provide.  For instance, having instructors facing different directions so that you (or your child) can follow along from the viewpoint that best helps them learn (mirroring, or facing the same direction). Additionally, with two instructors, one teacher can serve as the primary leader demonstrating techniques, while the other watches, providing one-on-one or group feedback and coaching. With this system, you will benefit from instruction and feedback from two highly experienced teachers in the comfort and safety of your own home.

As teachers, we take seriously our role to keep community members safe. During the warmer months, we hold classes exclusively outside (or remotely). We ensure that during all outdoor classes, students will have access to bathroom facilities. Wearing a mask is required for moving around before and after classes with us. During outdoor class, students (and teachers) will remain 6-10ft apart.

Now that the weather is cooling, our in-person classes are indoors at the United Church of Rogers Park 3rd floor space. It is a spacious room with tall ceilings, ceiling fans, windows that open all around the room, window fans, and radiator heat at foot level. We conduct temperature checks and require hand sanitizer use prior to entering the space and engage in rigorous cleaning procedures before and in-between classes (some of which our kids help us with!).

For indoor classes, masks must be worn at all times except at designated water breaks when students will be a minimum of 6 ft apart. Students are not permitted to talk while masks are removed for water consumption. We additionally ask every family joining us for in-person classes to commit to our Covid safety protocols as outlined in the Culture of Safety/Jin Sei Ryu Chicago Student Agreement.

Our priority will always be the health and safety of our students and we will adapt according to the current CDC guidelines. Email info@cultureofsafetychi.com for more info. To learn about our commitment to health and safety during Covid-19, see our main page: Jin Se Ryu Karate-do Chicago.

Even as restrictions and guidance evolve in the months or years to come, we will prioritize the health and safety of our students, minimizing physical contact, and allowing for contactless and remote options. This is part of our commitment to accessibility and equity. Every person gets to train in karate with the body they have, and we recognize that some bodies need physical distance to remain healthy.

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Senpai Amy and Senpai Kyren (left to right)