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Upcoming Events and Seminars

 


 

Ron Balicki Seminar – January 2017

Friday: January 20th | 7:00-9:00pm – Free Karambit Seminar for those you Prepay the Full 2 Day Seminar by January 13th – Otherwise $50 at the door
Saturday, January 21st | Sunday, January 22nd: Get your tickets here

Balicki grew up in Chicago, Illinois. In 1987 he became a Deputy Sheriff for Cook County, Illinois. He helped form a “Special Operations Resistance Team” which trained officers in riot control. Around this time he served as bodyguard for Hollywood movie and music stars including Steven Seagal, Public Enemy, Kid ‘n Play, Queen Latifah and D.J. Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith. Ron began training in the martial arts in the late 1960s, and in 1982 began studying with Dan Inosanto. Balicki earned his full instructor certification under Inosanto in the arts of Maphilindo Silat, Filipino Kali, Eskrima, and Jun Fan Gung Fu (Jeet Kune Do concepts). In addition, Balicki also trained CRCA Wing Chun with Sifu Randy Williams. Balicki has traveled extensively to train Military and Paramilitary organizations from the DEA to local law enforcement agencies, including Navy Seals, Anti-terrorists, the French Secret Service and Homeland Security personnel.

 
 


 

Grandmaster Atillo – 2014

Saturday and Sunday June 21st and 22nd! – Get your tickets here

Atillo Balintawak is a powerful Filipino martial art developed by Grandmaster Crispulo “Ising” Atillo based on the style of the legendary Grandmaster Doring Saavedra. This art focuses on stick fighting and its application with bladed weapons, as well as empty hands. Efficiency, and power are put together to produce this fighting system. It is a highly efficient style in combat and tournament situations.

Atillo’s style, movement, education and energy always prove to be one of the most beneficial…and fun seminars of the year! Keep in mind…There are very few Grandmasters left, especially those that have achieved as much as Grandmaster Atillo. His background in Filipino Martial Arts rich in history and valuable beyond words. Grandmaster Atillo is one of the only living masters still alive from the days of Kali death matches! His form of Kali is effective, efficient…and will mold seamlessly into the Inosanto Kali taught at Northshore Academy of Martial Arts.

 
 


 

Master Ken of “Enter the Dojo” – 2013

Master Ken, star of the YouTube sensation, “Enter the Dojo” is getting ready to take Chicagoland by storm!…One “Kill Face” at a time!

Saturday, August 10th: 11:00-1:00 – Get your tickets here

The first episode of “Enter the Dojo”, about an arrogant karate instructor and his misfit students, was posted on YouTube more than a year ago and received almost 279,000 views. Now in season two, the show has reached 2,000,0000 views and counting. Each week, Master Ken produces nuggets of wisdom while his students learn the “street lethal” defensive techniques of Ameri-Do-Te. Think of it as “The Office” in a dojo!

Please Join us at The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts in Libertyville, Illinois as we host this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to participate in the show! Master Ken will share the comedic secrets of “Ameri-Do-Te”… From the infamous “Groin Grab” and “Kill Face” to the devastating “Hurricane”… Master Ken will leave you in stitches.

 


 

Guro Rick Faye – 2013

Another Incredible Seminar with Guro Rick Faye! Founder of the world renowned martial arts school, the Minnesota Kali Group, Rick Faye is dedicated to the highest levels of training and individual improvement in the martial arts. In addition to being the MKG owner and head instructor of the Minnesota Kali Group and his instructor development organization, MKG International, Rick is considered one of the top instructors in the JKD family world wide.

Guro Rick Faye will be at The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts June 7th, 8th and 9th 2013! Early Registration ends May 30th so reserve your spot now! Friday June 7th – Special Session!- 6:30PM-8:30PM – Panantukan \ Silat – $30! | Saturday June 8th – Regular Seminar – 10:00AM – 4:00PM – Session 1 – Panantukan | Session 2 – Knife Defense | Sunday June 9th – 10:00AM – 2:15PM – Session 1 – Kali Weapons 1 | Session 2 – Kali Weapons 2

 
 


 

Past Events, Seminars, Special Guests and Friends of the NSA

 


 

Legendary Guro Dan Inosanto

The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts is extremely honored to be the only school in Lake County, Illinois certified by the legendary Dan Inosanto in Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, And Filipino Martial Arts.

Dan Inosanto teaches The Art and Philosophy of Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Martial Arts, Shoot wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Silat, mixed martial arts and other arts at his Marina del Rey, California school, the Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts. He received a shodan from and was an instructor for Ed Parker in American Kenpo Karate before becoming a student of Bruce Lee.

Inosanto is one of three people allowed by Bruce Lee to teach his Martial Arts system (Taky Kimura and James Yimm Lee being the other two), and the only one to be given Instructorship in Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do of the third level.

Inosanto also studied with dozens of martial arts masters elsewhere in the United States, Southeast Asia, and Europe, including Johny Lacoste (Kali, or Kamot Lihok, lit. “Hand Movement”), and Chai Sirisute (Muay Thai). After Bruce Lee’s death, he has become the principal spokesperson and historian for Jeet Kune Do. He has had minor roles in a number of movies, including Bruce Lee’s uncompleted last film Game of Death (1972). During this time period (1967–75), he also taught physical education at Malaga Cove Intermediate School in Palos Verdes Estates, California.

Always a student himself, he continues to train with many highly regarded martial artists. Consequently, he holds Instructor or black belt level ranks in numerous, different martial arts. In addition, he is well known for promoting the Filipino Martial Arts. He is responsible for bringing several obscure forms of the South East Asia Martial Arts into the public eye such as Silat, a hybrid combative form existing in countries as Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.He has recently acquired his black belt in the Machado family style of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He trained Shoot wrestling under Yorinaga Nakamura. Currently he is the vice-president of Lameco International, carrying on the Eskrima of the late Filipino martial artist Edgar Sulite.

Visit The Inosanto Website

 


 

Guro Ron Balicki

A great way to start of the new year…The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts was honored to host great friend and mentor Guro Ron Balicki…for an outstanding two day event!…and this defiantly won’t be the last time we see Ron at the NSA!

Ron Balicki is a certified Full Instructor under Guro Dan Inosanto, with over 30 years of martial arts experience! Ron brings a wealth of information from his training, competition fighting and stunt work in film. With Martial Arts Research Systems, Ron offers training in several martial arts systems including:

Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do
Filipino Martial Arts\Kali
Maphilindo Silat and Shoot Wrestling
Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Savate, Lameco and more!!!

Visit Ron Balicki’s Website

 


 

Grandmaster Atillo

The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts was extremely proud to host Grandmaster Atillo of Balintawak Eskrima for an intense 4 day event at our facility in Libertyville, Illinois. Grandmaster Atillo is Guro Dan Inosanto’s private instructor…and now Guro Dan is teaching his system!…Absolutely Incredible! This was one of the best seminars we have ever had and it was an honor to have Grandmaster Atillo in our presence.

Atillo Balintawak is a powerful Filipino martial art developed by Grandmaster Crispulo “Ising” Atillo based on the style of the legendary Grandmaster Doring Saavedra. This art focuses on stick fighting and its application with bladed weapons, as well as empty hands. Efficiency, and power are put together to produce this fighting system. It is a highly efficient style in combat and tournament situations.

Visit Grandmaster Atillo’s Website

 


 

Guro Rick Faye

Founder of the world renowned martial arts school, the Minnesota Kali Group, Rick Faye is dedicated to the highest levels of training and individual improvement in the martial arts. In addition to being the MKG owner and head instructor of the Minnesota Kali Group and his instructor development organization, MKG International, Rick is considered one of the top instructors in the JKD family world wide.

Rick’s impressive reputation for seminars on the art, self-defense and law enforcement topics keep him in demand locally, nationally & internationally.

Since 1982 The Minnesota Kali Group has been researching and training in the best arts out there under the direction and guidance of Sfu/Guro Dan Inosanto

Visit Rick Faye’s Website

 


 

W. Hock Hochheim

A Military, Civilian Self Defense, Police, Security and Martial Trainer and Consultant with 5 Decades of Training and Experience…Here are just a few of W. Hock Hochheim’s endless credentials:

10th Dan Black Belt and Founder of the S. F. Congress
3rd Dan Black Belt in GM Ernesto Presas, Filipino Arnis De Mano
2nd Dan Black Belt in Prof. Remy Presas Modern Arnis
5th Dan Black Belt Kajukenbo from Professor Dan Dean Goldade
Black Belts in Aiki-Jitsu (3rd Dan) from Dr. Carl Farenalli
Black Belt in Kempo under RJ Oak (7th Dan)
Various rankings in other systems
Teaching martial tactics and strategies since 1990
Retiring from the police force in January, 1997
Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame inductee 2001

Visit W. Hock Hochheim’s Website

 


 

Jay Ignacio’s “The Bladed Hand”

Northshore Academy of Martial Arts was fortunate enough to work with Jay Ignacio…the producer, writer and director of “The Bladed Hand” for this invite only event!

Thank you for joining us for authentic Filipino cuisine as we all gathered and enjoyed a great film that delves into the “Global impact of the Filipino Martial Arts!”

For first-time filmmaker Jay Ignacio, the unspoken stories around Filipino Martial Arts became such a compelling theme that he spent 3 years of his life documenting some of the Philippines’ most prominent, living Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) legends in a full-length documentary called “The Bladed Hand”. Highlights for this event included the attendance of Grand Master Crispulo Atillo (Balintawak Eskrima) and his interview in the film!

Visit “The Bladed Hand” Website

 


 

Major Avi Nardia

NSA in association with KAPAP Illinois proudly presents KAPAP – Martial Arts of the Israeli Special Forces with Major Avi Nardia! We experienced training at its BEST with an incredible 3 day event that featured hand to hand combatives, grappling, gun & knife disarming, and other techniques from KAPAP.

Avi Nardia served as an Official Hand to Hand Instructor in both the Israeli Defense Forces and the Israeli Police Counter Terror Unit. With more than 38 years experience with different martial arts and CQB, Avi Nardia Kapap Combatives serves as a think tank, a repository of knowledge and EXPERIENCE with respect to the next level in reality self defense. Today’s KAPAP Combatives are based on understanding and utilizing realistic scenarios that have emerged from real world experience in some of our worst and most threatening environments.

Visit Avi Nardia’s Website

 


 

Guro / Lieutenant Larry Lindenman

A Major Highlight during my NSA Career…Meeting and becoming good friends with Sifu Rick Faye and Guro Larry Lindenman, two of the most talented people I have ever met.

Larry’s Credentials include:

Director – LCMEG at Illinois State Police Investigations
Investigative Squad Leader – CHGO at Illinois State Police Investigations
Division of Internal Investigations at Illinois State Police
Inosanto Lacoste Kali
Jeet Kune Do

Visit Larry Lindenman’s Linked In Page

 


 

Grandmaster Dr. Maung Gyi

One of the highlights in NSA Owner Marc Halleck’s career, has been the opportunity to train with Grandmaster Dr. Maung Gyi.

Dr. U Maung Gyi is the current Grandmaster of the Bando system and has always emphasized diversity in both substance and structure within the organization. ABA membership has always been open and nonrestrictive, reflecting the social landscape of the United States. In fact, practitioners within this organization encompass a broad range of economic, ethnic, educational, and religious backgrounds.

Community service is required for promotion to the instructor level (i.e., black belt rank) and beyond in order to sensitize practitioners to social differences. To extend this ideal, ABA members are required to provide volunteer services for veterans groups, senior facilities, hospitals, and public schools.

Read more about Grandmaster Gyi

 


 

Master Fred Degerberg

The son of a wrestler and the grandson of a boxer, Fred Degerberg was a wimpy kid growing up in a rough neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side. As a teen, he saw his first Judo/Jui-Jitsu fight, and he was hooked. He has dedicated the rest of his life to the study, practice, teaching and advancement of martial arts. He has been an advisor to corporate, movie, TV, photo, police, and security groups. He is an author, Pocket ABCs of Self Defense and Self Defense and Safety Tips.

While his achievements as a martial artist and sensei are legendary, the most incredible thing about Fred is his humanity. He is kind, patient, respectful, loyal and generous. He is a person of remarkable integrity.

He is a true leader.

Visit Fred Degerberg’s Website

 


 

Legendary Jean Jacques Machado

Northshore Academy of Martial Arts was proud to host the legendary Jean Jacques Machado, one of the most admired and respected Brazilian jiu jitsu practitioners in the world.

Nephew of the late, great, Carlos Gracie, Jean Jacques Machado has competed at the highest levels of Jiu-Jitsu and has won innumerable titles in the sport. At the Rickson Gracie Academy in 2011, Jean Jacques Machado was awarded his 7th degree red-and-black belt, a belt that is only given to those practitioners who have “made a large impact on the overall art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu”. Jean Jacques Machado is featured in the documentary Force of the Spirit and also the motion picture, Redbelt. Some of Jean’s more notable students over the years include, 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu’s, Eddie Bravo, and UFC commentator and comedian, Joe Rogan.

Visit Jean Jacques Machado’s Website

 


 

Shihan Dave Kovar

Shihan Dave Kovar at The NorthShore Academy of Martial Arts…this man is an amazing teacher and we are so lucky to have him as a mentor for our school!

Shihan Kovar is the head instructor of Kovars Family Martial Arts Centers Inc. He has been teaching karate since he was 15 years old and currently holds Black Belts in 6 different styles of Martial Arts. In 1982 he was rated “California Competitor of the Year,” and in 1988 he won the United States Martial Arts Championships Men’s Heavyweight Division in Reno, Nevada. He has operated his own Martial Arts School in the Sacramento area since 1978, making Kovars Family Martial Arts Centers one of the oldest and most respected Martial Arts schools in Sacramento.

If you have friends or family in California who are looking for the best in Martial Arts training…Then look no further.

Visit Dave Kovar’s Website

 


 

Mixed Martial Artist Erik Paulson

The NorthShore Academy of Martial Arts was proud to host Mixed Martial Artist Erik Paulson as he coverd focus mitts, takedowns, submissions and escapes.

Erik Paulson is an American mixed martial artist and first American to win the World Light-Heavy Weight Shooto Title in Japan. Starting with Judo in 1974, Paulson has trained in many disciplines including Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling, Tae Kwon Do, Boxing, Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Kali/Eskrima, Sambo (martial art), Catch Wrestling, Shoot wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, studying first with Rorion Gracie, Royce Gracie, Rickson Gracie in his garage in 1989. He has studied with 40 different teachers over his 30 years of training including Rick Faye, Greg Nelson, Yorinaga Nakamura, Larry Hartsell, Tim Tackett, Ajarn Chai Sirisute, Nicolas Saignac, Rob Kaman, Rigan Machado, Rico Chipparelli, and the legendary Dan Inosanto, who claims Erik is one of the world’s most dynamic grapplers.

Visit Erik Paulson’s Website

 


 

Master Ken of “Enter the Dojo”

Master Ken, star of the YouTube sensation, “Enter the Dojo” is getting ready to take Chicagoland by storm!…One “Kill Face” at a time!

Saturday, August 10th: 11:00-1:00 – Get your tickets here

The first episode of “Enter the Dojo”, about an arrogant karate instructor and his misfit students, was posted on YouTube more than a year ago and received almost 279,000 views. Now in season two, the show has reached 2,000,0000 views and counting. Each week, Master Ken produces nuggets of wisdom while his students learn the “street lethal” defensive techniques of Ameri-Do-Te. Think of it as “The Office” in a dojo!

Please Join us at The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts in Libertyville, Illinois as we host this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to participate in the show! Master Ken will share the comedic secrets of “Ameri-Do-Te”… From the infamous “Groin Grab” and “Kill Face” to the devastating “Hurricane”… Master Ken will leave you in stitches.

Visit Master Ken’s Facebook Page