Illinois Shotokan Karate Club (ISKC) is Chicagoland’s premier karate school taught under the instruction of John DiPasquale, a four-time National Champion, US National Coach and President of the US National Karate Federation.

Pre-Karate (4-7 years) In our Pre-Karate Safety classes, young children develop flexibility, strength and coordination in fun, yet disciplined activities. The program is specifically designed for growing minds and bodies to enhance memory and agility. Watch your child’s confidence blossom and their skills improve.
Youth Karate (7-14 years) ISKC’s Youth Karate classes puts children in touch with their bodies and offers a good mix of strength training with cardiovascular and flexibility exercises. Children increase their coordination, agility and poise, as well as learn lasting personal safety skills. They also benefit from the mental stimulation of learning the choreographed moves of the kata and the discipline of conforming to the class rules.


TaeKwonDo, one of the newest Olympic sports, is a 2,000-year-old martial art, offering a variety of benefits for people of all ages and physical abilities. Students have the opportunity to improve concentration, self esteem, achieve lifelong physical fitness, and learn self-defense skills. Classes are taught under the direction of G. Master Hong Kim (9th Dan Kukkiwon World TaeKwonDo Headquarters). Belt testing is offered through KH Kim TaeKwonDo, twice a year at an additional fee. All colored belt students are required to have complete sparring gears.