Adult Martial Arts – Our Core Program

The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts (NSA) is dedicated to staying on the cutting-edge of REALISTIC martial arts training. Our Adult Martial Arts Program takes a modern approach to martial arts training by blending the best techniques of:

  • Bruce Lee’s Jun Fan – Jeet Kune Do
  • The Filipino Martial Arts
  • Muay Thai – Boxing & Kickboxing
  • Balintawak Eskrima
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Karate


Lake County’s Premiere Martial Arts Academy for Adults

The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts is Lake County’s Premier Martial Arts Academy with an award winning Adult Martial Arts program. Our students are taught in a safe, friendly and positive environment with only Rank Certified instructors. The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts is:

  • The only Lake County, Illinois school certified by the Legendary Dan Inosanto in Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts
  • Member of The International Law Enforcement Educator & Trainers Association
  • The Midwest Representative for Atillo Balintawak
  • The Midwest Representative for Ron Balicki’s Martial Arts Research Systems
  • Certified by Rick Faye of the Minnesota Kali Group
  • A Member of the National Association for Professional Martial Artists
  • A Member of the Martial Arts Industry Association
  • A Member of the Libertyville Chamber of Commerce


Our Martial Arts Adult Program in Lake County, Illinois

The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts Adult Program was developed to provide you with the necessary skills to defend yourselves.

But there is much more to it than that.

Our Program is designed to meet the needs and challenges of today’s active adult. From a seasoned Martial Artist to the adult who is brand new to Martial Arts… We’ve got you covered. Many of our Adult Martial Arts students have attributed success in their personal careers to the self-discipline and mental focus gained through their martial arts training. At The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts, Our Rank Certified Instructors take pride in passing on realistic self-defense techniques and physical fitness strategies, while teaching our Adult Martial Arts classes with the fresh, unique and modern approach it demands.


The Benefits of the NSA Adult Martial Arts Program

  • Rank Certified Martial Arts and Self-Defense – The instructors at The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts have trained for many years to make sure everything we teach is reality based. We’ve trained under some of the best martial artists in the world and are dedicated to staying on the cutting-edge of REALISTIC martial arts training – for ourselves and for you!
  • Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem – Many times when we think about the benefits of martial arts – self-esteem, respect, self-discipline and focus – we generally associate them with children and not adults. The reality is that our martial arts programs have the same benefits for kids and adults alike. At The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts, we believe all levels of martial arts are built upon the same philosophy …and… Nothing can take the place of the security in knowing that you can defend yourself should the need ever arise.

    “People who continue to practice the martial arts for prolonged periods are different from the general populace in these ways: they have a lower level of anxiety; an increased sense of responsibility; they have an increased level of self-esteem; and they are more socially intelligent.” (Source – Psychology Today, May 1985.)

  • Improved Mental Focus and Increased Energy – Martial arts at The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts means much more than just self-defense. It also builds mental focus. Our Adult Martial Arts Classes will help you maintain control over yourself and your environment. It teaches you to handle emotions, stay calm, be persistent and provides you with the tools and willpower you need to stay focused. The physical activity derived from our curriculum will help you find reserves of energy you didn’t realize you had. Through the discipline of our Adult Martial Arts Program, you will learn to channel that energy into productivity at home… and in the workplace.
  • Strength and Conditioning – Martial Arts… It’s not just for fighting: new research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine shows that people in their 30′s, 40′s and 50′s who regularly practice martial arts demonstrate astounding levels of physical fitness in comparison to people the same age who don’t exercise at all. The study subjects who practiced martial arts had 12% less body fat, were able to do twice as many sit-ups, had enhanced flexibility and leg strength, demonstrated a stronger immune system and showed greatly improved balance.

    It’s not surprising, of course that Martial Arts has long been known to confer tremendous anti-aging health benefits to their followers. Throughout Asia, it’s not uncommon to see large groups of elderly (people in their 60′s, 70′s and 80′s) practicing Martial Arts at sunrise in the community parks. Despite their age, these people have better aerobic conditioning, balance, strength, flexibility and coordination than many typical Americans in their 30′s who are already suffering from chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity and cancer. People who practice Martial Arts simply don’t experience those diseases with anywhere near the frequency. As a result, they are stronger, better conditioned and live longer, healthier & happier lives.

  • Full Body Flexibility, Balance and Coordination – These are some of the most overlooked benefits of our Adult Martial Arts Program. At The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts, you will achieve greater flexibility of your muscles, joints and ligaments. Flexibility is a positive “Double Edged Sword” with improvement to your posture and an enhancement to your ability to move through a full body range of motion. These Martial Arts benefits will also help you age in a healthier way while improving the overall quality of your life.
  • Weight Loss and Weight Management through Martial Arts – Because of the greater intensity in the strikes and kicks of our Martial Arts Programs, you will be subjecting your body to more aggressive movements. This results in intense calorie burning… which then results in natural weight loss and an improvement in overall physical and mental health. Our Martial arts classes will teach you to practice your set of movements until you have the correct form down pat. This kind of mental focus and discipline can easily be carried over into forming the mental toughness you need to push yourself… while achieving your weight loss goals at the same time.
  • Reduced Anxiety and Stress Levels – Feeling stressed out? No need to look beyond our Adult Martial Arts Program! Psychologists have found positive correlations between training in Martial Arts and lower levels of hostility, aggression …and better yet… higher levels of self-esteem and positive mental attitudes compared to any other sport. At The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts, we understand that cutting stress and learning to handle yourself both physically and mentally are important benefits that you can take advantage of in your everyday life.
  • Personal Attention – At The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts, We know the impact a good instructor can have on a student. Our Rank Certified Instructors are experienced, patient, enthusiastic, and teach with a perfect blend of discipline and fun. With up to 5 Instructors on the floor during any given class, every student receives the personal attention they deserve.
  • Video Based Training – As part of the Northshore Academy of Martial Arts Youth Program, students will have access to our exclusive, state of the art, Video Based Online Training Website. This is not a replacement of our on-site Core Curriculum Training program, rather, It is an enhancement to it.

    Students will have Martial Arts belt advancement requirements to fulfill and training at home will be essential. What better way to practice their kata, drills and Martial Art techniques at home, then by watching our instructors perform them. Students will enjoy practicing and preparing for belt advancement while they watch, mimic and learn through our video based learning system.

  • Have Fun – We learned a long time ago that people learn faster when they are having fun. Keeping students interested in their Martial Arts training requires an element of fun. Traditionalists are usually only concerned with the discipline and structure of their training, but incorporating fun involving proper techniques will add to the value of training and keep students hungry to improve themselves even more.

    In addition to our regular classes we host numerous events for our students including Martial Arts events, seminars, picnics, bowling, open house, and holiday parties. At The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts, our Adult students have a great time meeting new people while developing the cutting-edge, REALISTIC martial arts training they deserve.


    The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts Belt System

    The NSA belt system provides our adult students continuous opportunity to advance throughout the year by learning the techniques taught in class and through regular attendance. This ranking system encourages students to strive to reach the next belt and teaches adults to work toward the achievement of a goal. A habit of goal setting often develops in martial arts students and they work toward other goals such as those required in the workplace. After years of training, when an adult student achieves Black Belt status at The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts… they know they have earned it. Here is a visual of our Belt Ranking System:



    Get started in our Adult Martial Arts Program Today!

    We encourage you to take advantage of our family discounts and free trial period…Try us out while meeting friendly staff, parents and students. Click here to get started with your free week trial period. If you have any questions about our programs, Please feel free to contact us at 847.573.1672. Thank you for your interest in The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts… We look forward to hearing from you!