What do you mean by body positivity?

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 and trans-positive perspective. Whatever your age, whatever your fitness level, we’re here to help you find your strongest, most confident, and most empowered self.

What can you expect as a beginner?

Jin Sei Ryu beginner’s classes are offered both online and in-person, outdoors at Warren Park.  Whether in-person or remote, you’ll be in an environment with just a few other students, so you’ll receive plenty of individualized, supportive attention.  Starting a martial art as an adult is challenging, but comes with lots of rewards.  We’ll be with you every step of the way.  New students can expect to take classes for a minimum of 2 months before advancing to their next belt rank.

When are classes?

Beginning classes for adults are held in-person at the United Church of Rogers Park (1545 W Morse Ave) from 1pm-2pm, and 5:15pm-6:15pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and online from 6 – 6:50 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Students pay a flat rate and may take as many classes as they like.  We recommend at least 2 classes a week. 

To learn about our commitment to health and safety during Covid-19, see our main page: Jin Se Ryu Karate-do Chicago.

What if I’ve done karate or another martial art before? 

Welcome! We’re always happy to support people who have previous martial experience. We have options for group classes for returning karate students and–if there is sufficient interest–to create a group class for more “intermediate” or “advanced” martial artists from other styles who wish to study or cross-train in Jin Sei Ryu. Reach out to us directly (info@cultureofsafetychi.com) and we’ll have a conversation to assess what class options are the best fit for you.

What are the costs?

We are committed to equity and transparency. During the pandemic, monthly membership fees for Jin Sei-Ryu Karate-Do are $50 for one person, $75 for 2 (within one household) and $100 for 3+, regardless of age.

We anticipate raising fees modestly starting in January of 2021, but will check with all current members at that time before raising their rates.  We will never turn anyone away for inability to pay. Fees go towards covering overhead and recurring expenses, and to help us feed us and our cats.

Over time, there will be one-time additional costs for uniforms and patches (approximately $35), and promotion test fees ($20-50 in most cases). We will always be clear about costs and expectations.

Additionally there will be annual international membership fees ($12 each), which gains you access to Jin Sei Ryu Karate-Do International’s online repository of online videos and materials for your rank level.

Part of our commitment to equity means that we don’t turn people away because they can’t afford karate. We work with you to find a way. If our membership fees don’t work for you or your household, email us (info@cultureofsafetychi.com) we’ll arrange a time to chat to make it work.

Our commitment to health and safety

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 class, students (and teachers) will remain 6-10ft apart and in accordance with Phase 4 guidelines, masks can be removed while we are actively moving in class.  

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.

How do I sign up?

Fill out the form below to let us know you’re interested, and we’ll contact you from there!