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 (starting Tuesday July 14th!)

Generally, we have two main Kids’ programming class times.  Within those class times, we may divide kids by age or by rank (progress in the program). Sometimes Kids’ programs will all practice together.

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 (In-person outdoor classes Tues/Thurs 3pm-3:30 at Warren Park)

Peewees– Generally best program for 4-5 year-olds (or pre-K and K)

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

Older Kids & Teens (In-person outdoor classes Tues/Thurs 4pm-5pm at Warren Park)

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

*Younger Teens – Generally Age 12-14. *Older teen students (SuperTeens) will generally take classes with Adult students.

Currently, we have an Adults class available at the same time as the older Kids & Teens class time. Want to try karate out with your child? Email info@cultureofsafetychi.com for more info!

None of those times work for you? We are also offering remote (online) classes for older kids (age 8+), teens, and adults. Email us for more info!

What can your child expect as a beginner?

Your first month of beginner’s classes are offered as small group classes (5-10 children tops!)–at no additional cost to you! This is for two reasons. In the current moment, we prioritize physical safety and health for people of all ages in the time of Covid-19 and small groups allow us to maintain physical distance between students. But even outside of the current crisis, we know that for some people learning a new physical skill as part of a group can feel overwhelming. The urge to compare ourselves (at any age) is high, and we support beginners by providing the space to learn in a safe but challenging small group environment. This also gives every child the chance to cultivate their own unique teacher-student relationship, which we know is essential to long-term success. After the first month, class sizes can be larger, but we will always ensure a (max) 1: 10 teacher-student ratio in order to maximize individual progress.


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. 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 ($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.


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!


Our commitment to health and safety

We ensure that during all outdoor classes, student 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.  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.


*We have two ‘programs’ for Teens. One for Teens ages 12-14, who will often train with Youth students, and one for older Teens (15-19, called SuperTeens) who will take classes with Adults. Given that older 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.