Karate - Participants are carefully initiated into a martial art, which focuses on alertness of mind, self-control and mental strategies to meet life’s challenges. Traditional Karate is a martial art which emphasizes the principles and applications of a weaponless self-defense through the use of total body dynamics and mental discipline. Students will constantly strive for technical excellence and the enhancement of ones character. Students seek the human body’s most complete mental and physical development through self- defense techniques. An extraordinary fluidity of perception and Karate skills can be achieved. The following items are optional and will incur additional costs: uniforms, belt tests and tournaments. For more information contact Anthony Anaszewicz, Program Manager, at 847-810-3945.
Taekwondo - one of the newest Olympic sports, is a 2000-year-old martial art, offering a variety of benefits for people of all ages and physical abilities. Students have the opportunity to improve concentration and self esteem, achieve lifelong physical fitness, and learn self-defense skills. Classes are taught under the direction of Grand Master Ki Hong Kim (8th Dan World Tae Kwon Do Federation.) A $45.00 uniform fee is required at the first class. All colored belt students are required to have complete sparring gears. For more information contact Anthony Anaszewicz, Program Manager, at 847-810-3945.
Fencing - is a unique sport that requires the use of both the body and mind and is friendly to all ages and ability levels. The basics of the sport are taught by Metro Chicago Fencing Center in a fun and controlled environment.
Self Defense - Our Brave Way program is not a martial art, and no previous self-defense training is required to master the moves taught in class. The techniques are easy to learn, extremely effective, based on instinctive principles that don’t require constant practice or years of training to use, and work regardless of your size, strength, speed or skill. The program includes lecture; demonstration; hands-on instruction; scenario based training; defense against armed and unarmed attackers; single and multiple attackers; standing, sitting and ground techniques; and rape defense/prevention. This is not a ‘Stranger Danger’ lecture but a class where participants will learn actual principles and techniques that will help them properly defend themselves and protect others. This class could save your life. All girls at or near dating age should take this class. For more information contact Anthony Anaszewicz, Program Manager, at 847-810-3945.
The Recreation Department Staff will assign teams based on the participant’s skill level and evaluation rating to ensure fair and equal teams. For administrative and program continuity reasons, we are not accepting any special requests or considerations for team assignments. All participants will attend a practice session coached by professional level coaches during the first two weeks of the program and then be evaluated by the Recreation Department staff during the third week prior to team assignments.
Parent volunteer coaches and assistant coaches are needed for each team. Parents may request to coach with one other parent in order to work out their personal schedule. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Anthony Anaszewicz, Program Manager, at 847-810-3945. Coaches will receive league playing rules, an American Sport Education Baseball Coaching Instruction Book, and run through a mock practice session.
Opportunities exist within the Youth Athletics Programs to be a team sponsor. You can sponsor your son’s or daughter’s team, and your designated sponsorship name will be placed on the back of your team shirts. Sponsorship in grades 4th or lower, your business will receive a team plaque. All funds received help offset the cost of program clothing and equipment. If you are interested in sponsoring a team(s), or if you would like to learn more about sponsorships, please phone Anthony Anaszewicz, Program Manager, at 847-810-3945. Fill out the form today and become a sponsor of our youth programs. Thanks for your support!