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

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


Our Mission for your child

At The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts, our goal is to be the best that we can be for your child. How do we do this? We are constantly evolving our knowledge base, techniques and skillset. We ARE teachers…but we will ALWAYS be students of the Martial Arts.

The effort we place on the success of your child is second to none. We work hard and offer the best in positive reinforcement and personal attention for your child. Make no mistake, We give it everything we’ve got… We give 110%… All day…Everyday.

Your child will have the tools to succeed in Martial Arts… and in Life.


Lake County’s Premiere Martial Arts Academy for Kids

The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts is Lake County’s Premier Martial Arts Academy with an award winning character development 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 Youth Program in Lake County, Illinois

The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts Youth Program was developed to provide your child with the necessary skills to defend themselves.

But there is much more to it than that.

Our Program is designed to meet the needs and challenges of today’s 7-12 year olds. In today’s world, there are concerns with how our children are growing up. The pressures our children face are different than the pressures that we faced when we grew up. Not only do today’s children have to behave and get good grades, there is the constant peer pressure of drugs, violence, and bullying. We couple are understanding of these challenges with a focus on: self defense, self esteem, self confidence, character development, respect, hard work, discipline, responsibility, physical fitness, perseverance, good grades, teamwork and family values.


The Benefits of the NSA Youth Program

  • 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 your children!
  • Self-Esteem – Our Youth Program improves a children’s self esteem through the reward system. When kids work to earn their next belt level, not only are they learning world-class self-defense, they are building self-esteem and learning to feel good about themselves. Plus, unlike most other martial arts programs, our youth program has no fees for testing or advancement. We believe a student must earn their next level, not pay for it!
  • Self-Confidence – Nothing can take the place of the security in knowing that your child can defend themselves should the need ever arise…and your own child’s self confidence in knowing this themselves is immense.

    “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 are less likely to be radical; they have an increased level of self-esteem; and they are more socially intelligent.” (Source – Psychology Today, May 1985.)

  • Respect – One of the most important words in martial arts is respect. Students are taught to respect their instructors, each other, and themselves. Our instructors spend time in class discussing the importance of respecting school teachers and parents. Respect is often missing in many facets of today’s society. This is what separates The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts Youth Program from other sports. A child’s social behavior should be directly linked to his or her progression in the martial arts class. It’s not just about winning, Our Youth Program is about personal growth and becoming a better person.
  • Discipline, Behavior and School – We have alot of fun at the Northshore Academy of Martial Arts but instructors will not tolerate excessive talking or goofing around in the school. Improved behavior in a Martial arts class often translates into improved behavior at school. Improved behavior at school often translates into improved grades. We require behavior reports from the parents to make sure that the student is focused in the classroom and at home… Not just the dojo. We want to make sure that our students are working on their Martial Arts technique, improving their behavior at home, as well as improving their grades at school. We teach a very effective form of self defense and want to make sure that the right kids are learning it.
  • Great Physical Fitness while Battling Childhood Obesity – Did you know that childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 25 years? The first step to preventing childhood obesity is addressing the problem before it occurs. If you catch obesity early on, there are ways to prevent your child from developing further health risks. If your child is already overweight, it is important to understand the psychological effects obesity has on children that are potentially more damaging than the physical side effects.

    The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts is dedicated to empowering your child with self-confidence while rewarding them with achievement. For children with low self-esteem issues, martial arts teaches confidence and self-discipline while providing engaging physical activity. The stamina and endurance children develop during Martial Arts training in our youth program, results in natural weight loss and an improvement in overall physical and mental health.

  • Anti-Bullying Education – Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Kids who bully use their power – such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity – to control or harm others. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally and purposely excluding someone from a group. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may experience serious, lasting problems.

    Our anti-bullying approach is based on the NSA martial arts principles of redirection and straightforward assertiveness. Students are taught to manage situations without the use of violence, learning ways to assess threats, redirect verbal assaults and mobilize the audience, which is a critical factor in empowering the bully.

  • 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.

  • Smile, Laugh and Having Fun – We learned a long time ago that kids learn faster when they are having fun. Keeping children interested in their Martial Arts training requires an element of fun and games. 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 the kids hungry to improve themselves even more.

    In addition to our regular classes we host numerous events for our students including picnics, bowling, open house, holiday and children’s birthday parties. At The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts, our youth have a great time meeting new friends while developing character and learning life-changing martial arts skills. Our Parents have fun with a staff and organization they can trust.


    The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts Belt System

    The NSA belt system provides our youth 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 children 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 getting a high school diploma or a college degree. When a student achieves Black Belt in The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts Youth program, they feel like they can now achieve anything they put the mind to. It’s exhilarating to see the total transformation from an awkward, shy child that won’t look you in the eyes… to a true leader among their peers. Here is a visual of our Belt Ranking System:



    Get your child started in our Youth 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!