Northshore Academy of Martial Arts

Lake County’s Premiere Martial Arts Academy since 1997

“Building Champions for Life” – Your Journey Starts Here…

Authentic Martial Arts • Our Roots Run Deep

Bruce Lee > Guro Dan Inosanto > NSA’s Guro Marc Halleck

Certified under Guro Ron Balicki • Rick Faye • Grandmaster Atillo 


Lake County’s Premiere Martial Arts Academy since 1997

Welcome to The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts! For over 20 years, we have dedicated our lives to bringing the physical and mental benefits of Martial Arts to the Libertyville, Illinois community. Please take the time to browse our website and find out why we are considered “Lake County’s Premiere Martial Arts Academy since 1997″. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to call us anytime at 847.573.1672. We look forward to hearing from you!

Libertyville Martial Arts

We are proud to say that our Martial Arts school has become a pillar of learning and growth in the Lake County and Chicagoland area. Whether you’ve never set foot in a Martial Arts school before, or if you consider yourself a seasoned Martial Arts veteran, you will benefit from training at The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts. Our Award Winning Martial Arts Programs offer a variety of Youth, Teen and Adult Martial Arts Classes in our 5000 square foot facility.

The Benefits of our Martial Arts Programs

NSA is founded on the principles of Bruce Lee’s original art, Jun Fan Gung Fu, which is based on the belief that all martial art systems, though different, contain valuable information that enhances one’s skills and provides a basis of respect for other Martial Arts. We believe in the realistic and practical concept of: “Use all ways and reject none”. The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts has been a primary tool for those seeking only the best in what Martial Arts has to offer:

  • Self-defense & Safety – Our Rank Certified Martial Arts Instructors teach only the most effective skills and realistic techniques needed to protect yourself… and your family
  • Physical Fitness, Strength & Conditioning – Any of Our Martial Arts Programs will help you look and feel healthier while getting… and keeping you in shape
  • Self-esteem & Confidence Building – Our Martial Arts Style and Goal Setting System is essential for mental stamina, positive reinforcement and the ability of taking pride in a job well done
  • Discipline, Focus & Determination – Our Martial Arts Programs will give you… or your child… the tools needed to succeed in everyday life
  • Character Development – The Best Award Winning Program Lake County, Illinois has to offer. – “Athletes can get far on raw physical ability,” says Robert E. Corb, PhD, a psychologist and director of the Sports Psychology Program at UCLA. “But what separates the truly elite from the rest is that they know how to use their minds.”

The Right Fit for you and your family… Take Advantage of our Free Week Trial!

At The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts, we are passionate about helping you succeed while having fun, and enjoying the time you spend here. Take advantage of our Free Trial Period and try out the Martial Arts program that is best-suited for you or your child.  Please give us a call if you have any questions regarding class times, pricing or location at 847.573.1672. We look forward to seeing you!


We Support our Hometown Heroes

Libertyville Martial Arts School Discount for Military, Police, Fire and EMS

Discount for all Military, Police, Fire, EMS Personnel and their families.  Supporting our Hometown Heroes since 1997.

Feel free to call us at 847-573-1672 with questions or to schedule a free 1 week trial for any of our programs. Our Libertyville Martial Arts Academy is open 7 days a week and located in the Peterson Commons Center next to Lino’s and Catered Productions.

Youth & Adult Martial Arts Classes

The Best in Libertyville Martial Arts… Since 1997.

Kids Martial Arts: Ages 4-6

 Our “LiL Ninjas” Martial Arts Program is specifically designed to focus on basic self defense and safety training while targeting memorization, focus, control, motor skills, teamwork, balance, fitness and behavior. These skills have been broken down into fun, yet focused, age-specific and safe exercises, games, activities, and drills that compliment their stage of development from 4-6 years old.


Youth Martial Arts: Ages 7+

Since 1997 Our Youth Program has become a pillar of learning and growth for Kids in the Lake County, IL area.  With the constant peer pressure of drugs and bullying… We couple are understanding of these challenges with a strong focus on: Real world self defense, confidence, character development, respect, hard work, discipline, physical fitness, perseverance, good grades, teamwork and family values.


Youth Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: Ages 7+

Our Veneration Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Program (also known as BJJ) is a grappling martial art with a focus on takedowns, ground fighting and submissions.  Jiu jitsu is not only a lifestyle and proven method of self-defense, but it is also a competitive sport. We offer your child the opportunity to be a part of the Veneration competition team which has captured numerous team titles.


Youth & Adult Pekiti Tirsia Kali: Ages 8+

Pekiti-Tirsia is strictly a combat-oriented system that focuses on edged, impact and improvised weapons. PTK has been adopted as the preferred combative training program by elite military and law enforcement units around the world. It claims to be a very lethal fighting method for self-defense.


Youth & Adult Combat Archery: Ages 8+

 Explore Archery is an innovative education program focused on introducing beginners of all ages and abilities to the lifelong sport of archery. Traditional Archery will be the focus and will be taught as a Martial Art, not only in techniques but also in mindset!


Youth & Adult Stick Fighting Olympiads: Ages 8+

Our Stick Fighting Olympiads Class Provides and opportunity to compete with Padded Sticks and Safety Gear in a Controlled and Supervised environment.  We build a team atmosphere in which our SFO  students apply what they have learned in class and compete at their best with classmates and other Martial Art schools.


Adult Kickboxing • Muay Thai: Ages 15+

Our Kickboxing curriculum is both fight applicable and fitness intense. Under the tutelage of Guro Ron Balicki, We provide a safe and friendly environment for the beginner or seasoned veteran with a focus on striking and technique.  Whether your looking for Self Defense, Competition or the unparalleled benefits of the kickboxer’s workout… You’ve found your home.


Adult Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: Ages 15+

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Adult Jeet Kune Do • Kali - Stick & Knife: Ages 15+

 We are the Original… First and Only Jeet Kune Do / Kali (Stick and Knife Fighting) school under the certification of Guro Dan Inosanto, Guro Ron Balicki, Grandmaster Atillo and Guro Rick Faye. Classes and instruction are a combination of Bruce Lee’s method of scientific streetfighting – Jeet Kune Do (JKD), Panantukan Silat and the Weapons based Filipino martial art also known as Kali, Arnis or Escrima. 


Adult Krav Maga - Women's Self Defense: Ages 15+

We offer Reality Based Krav Maga Self Defense Classes for women (Must be 15+ years old).  We teach the mental and physical aspects of Women’s Self Defense under the curriculum of Avi Nardia (Krav Maga/Kapap) –  Official Hand to Hand instructor and officer with the Israeli Police Special Counter Terror Unit.  We focus on Defense through Awareness, Preparation, De-Escalation, Avoidance and Fighting Back.


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The Northshore Academy Difference

The Best in Libertyville Martial Arts… Since 1997.

Our Martial Arts Classes are Different from the Rest

We are not in the business of “Tooting our own horn” …but we think it is very important that you make the most informed decision when making any commitment for yourself… or your children. With that said… No other Martial Arts School in the Lake County area offers our Character Development Program …or… the rank certified, realistic and credible self-defense techniques that we have to offer.

We are not a “McDojo”… We are not a Franchise – We are not a school that teaches a watered-down and impractical form of martial arts in the name of making money. We are not a school that places the importance of profit ahead of teaching realistic, rank certified and credible self-defense. At The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts, Belt Advancement is earned and not purchased. Nothing promotes excellence, and builds more character, than earning something that you know you truly worked for. Ask any of our students.

We also believe it is essential that you understand the background of any Martial Arts school you are considering. Here are just a few of Our Martial Arts Accreditations and Affiliations:

Authentic Martial Arts… Our Roots Run Deep

We also believe it is essential that you understand the background of any Martial Arts school you are considering. Here are just a few of Our Martial Arts Accreditations and Affiliations:


  • 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
  • A Member of the Veneration Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Affiliation
  • The Midwest Representative for Atillo Balintawak
  • The Midwest Representative for Ron Balicki’s Martial Arts Research Systems – Jeet Kune Do / Kickboxing / Kali Escrima
  • 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
    Libertyville Martial Arts

    A Taste of NSAMA - Established 1997

    Flashback with Founder Guro Marc Halleck – a Tribute with Guro Ron Balicki as we proudly approach 25 years in Libertyville, Illinois.  


    Northshore Academy of Martial Arts
    281 Peterson Road
    Libertyville, Illinois 60048


    We are Located in the
    Peterson Commons
    Center next to Lino's
    and Catered Productions

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    Phone:  847-573-1672
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