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?

Your first month of beginner’s classes are offered remotely as one-on-one private lessons (or family lessons)–at no additional cost to you! This is because we know that for some people learning a new physical skill as part of a group can feel overwhelming. The urge to compare ourselves is high, and we support beginners by providing the space to learn in a safe but challenging one-on-one environment. This also gives every student the chance to cultivate their own unique teacher-student relationship, which we know is essential to long-term success.

If you prefer a small group (online) setting as a first-month beginner, we can also work to accommodate that.

After your 1-month of one-on-one classes, Adult (LIVE) remote group classes are tentatively 6-6:50pm Mondays and Wednesdays (starting July 1).


Want to try out karate in-person (not online)?

We are offering in-person outdoor (physically distanced) Adult karate classes Tues/Thurs from 4pm-5pm at Warren Park (starting Tues July 14th). We expect that as spaces open up further, we will expand our class offerings for adults. 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.


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. Once the current health and economic crisis has passed, we will re-visit our fees, but we will maintain our commitment to equity, and 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 ($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.


How do I sign up?

Email info@cultureofsafetychi.com or call/text Culture of Safety’s business number (847-790-4226) and we’ll get you started!