Martial Arts


All Karate classes are taught by instructors from the Illinois Shotokan Karate Club under the direction of John Di Pasquale. Register online or at the CRC Guest Service Desk.

Pre-Karate: Young children develop flexibility, strength and coordination skills through fun yet disciplined activities. This program is specifically designed for growing minds and bodies to enhance memory and agility skills. Watch confidence blossom and skills improve!

Youth Karate: Eight- to 14-year-olds develop body awareness through a mix of strength training and cardiovascular and flexibility exercises. Coordination, agility, strength and poise increase as well as personal safety skills.

Adult Karate: Release tension and develop total body fitness while building stamina and overall productivity. In addition to self-defense skills, karate increases flexibility, cardiovascular endurance and muscle tone while improving core strength.

Youth/Adult Karate: Students enjoy a mix of strength training with cardiovascular and flexibility exercises. This class is an excellent opportunity for parents to spend quality time with their children while conditioning muscles, developing coordination and improving cardiovascular fitness.

Tae Kwon Do

Classes are taught by instructors from the Midwest Academy of Tae Kwon Do for those seven years and older and are designed to build self-confidence, discipline and respect for others while training to excel both physically and mentally. Through dedication, perseverance and hard work, students develop the level of confidence and skills required to become role models, mentors and leaders in their schools, workplaces and communities. Master Instructor Dan Valin (7th Degree Black Belt) and his staff of black belts are certified through the Midwest Martial Arts League, United TaeKwon-Do Alliance and International TaeKwon-Do Federation.

For more information, please call Master Dan Valin at (847) 815-0898 or go to


Check the Program and Events Guide for current program offerings