What makes a Culture of Safety Kids karate program different? 

At Culture of Safety, we know that each child comes to us with their own unique strengths and challenges. For one child, they may struggle with flexibility and coordination. For another, their biggest challenge might be discipline or focus. For another, it might be confidence. For another, it might be emotional regulation.

There is no one-size-fits all approach to teaching that best supports every child. Instead of choosing one method (and seeing which children fall through the cracks), we choose to work individually with each child and their family to assess what is the best class to support their needs.

In addition to increased coordination, fitness, strength, and flexibility, our karate classes support the inner life of your children as well. Through Senpai Amy’s background in social work and Senpai Kyren’s background in mindfulness, together we create a space ripe for supporting kids as they practice important life skills: asking for what they need, standing up for others, mindfulness of space, how to handle strong emotions, and more!

Karate Programs for all Ages and Stages

We know that each student is different and may require more (or less) support. For this reason, our age/grade divisions are generalities.  Each ‘program’ has slightly different expectations in terms of what they need to learn to progress in rank and how they show it.

Younger Kids (classes Tues/Thurs 3pm-3:45) held in Warren Park

Peewees– Generally best program for 4-5 year-olds (or pre-K and K)  (this class ends at 3:30)

Juniors – Generally best program for 6-year-olds through 2nd grade (1st-2nd grade)

Older Kids  (classes Tues/Thurs 4pm-5pm) held in Warren Park

Youth – Generally best program for 3rd grade through age 11

Younger Teens – Generally for ages 12-14. These classes are held at the same time as evening Adult classes and are done in a format that creates structure for adults older kids, and teens to interact safely and with appropriate boundaries in select classes in fun, and mutually supportive ways. Younger Teens have the option of receiving mentorship to become volunteers to support younger kids classes. Email for more info about schedule and availability.

SuperTeens  — Generally for ages 15-19. These teens will will generally take classes with Adult students and will be highly supervised. SuperTeens have the option of receiving mentorship to become volunteers to support younger kids classes. Email for more info about schedule and availability.


NEW Saturday classes!

We have in-person classes for all ages (4+) held Saturdays on the 3rd floor of the United Church of Rogers Park.


We have ongoing remote classes for Adults of all levels every evening Tuesday through Friday and Saturdays midday. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays also have in-person options (Starting June 8th).  Our next 8-week Beginners series for Adults starts June 22nd.

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

Welcome! We’re always happy to support children who have trained in other arts. 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. Currently, we offer sliding scale pricing for students of all ages. Standard rate is $75 per month; Supporter Rate is $100 per month; Reduced Rate is $50 per month.

Over time, there will be one-time additional costs for uniforms  (approximately $20- $30), 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

Our priority will always be the health and safety of our students and families. Accordingly, we craft our classes in strict adherence to current guidelines by the CDC in accordance with Cook County and/or City of Chicago guidelines . Email info@cultureofsafetychi.com for more info. Read more about our commitment to health and safety during Covid-19.

*We have two ‘programs’ for Teens. One for Younger Teens (ages 12-14), who will often train with adults and older Teen students (SuperTeens), and one for older Teens (15-19, called SuperTeens) who will take classes with Adults. Given that both groups of Teens will be spending time with our Adult training members, we take special care to ensure that older Teens are kept safe. All Adult training members will always know when someone in their class is younger than 18. We know also that it can be intimidating for older Teens to train with Adults (and frustrating for younger Teens to train with Youth), so we work with each person to help them feel safest and to give them the skills they need to succeed.

How do I sign up?

Fill out the form below to let us know you’re interested!