Muay Thai / Kickboxing

Lake County’s Premiere Martial Arts Academy since 1997

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Lake County’s Premiere Martial Arts Academy since 1997

Muay Thai is also known as the “Art/Science of 8 Limbs” and is revolving around use of the 2 fists, 2 elbows, 2 knees and 2 shin/feet. Muay Thai, translated into English as Thai Boxing, is the national sport of Thailand and is a martial art with origins in the ancient battlefield tactics of the Siamese (or Thai) army. It evolved from Krabi-Krabong, literally sword and baton, the hand-to-hand tactics of the Thai army. The early Muay Thai bouts pitted different companies within the Siamese army against each other with few rules and no weight divisions or time limits. They became quite popular and eventually were shown in stadiums across the country. In the early 20th century time limits, boxing gloves, and a uniform set of rules were introduced. During the latter half of the 20th century Muay Thai was exported to many countries and is now practiced by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.

Muay Thai is known as “King of the Ring” in kickboxing circles. These fights feature punches, kicks, elbows, knees, standing grappling, and head-butts to wear down and knock out opponents. Thai training methods develop devastating power, speed, and superb cardiovascular endurance as well as fighting spirit. Muay Thai training is also quite safe thanks to sophisticated pad training that evolved to keep fighters healthy between fights. Muay Thai has also proven very effective outside the ring and has been embraced enthusiastically by practitioners of a variety of self-defense, sporting, military, and law enforcement activities.


Our specialized NSA Muay Thai curriculum is both fight applicable and fitness intense. It is safe for the novice to begin their training as well as seasoned veteran since all students are separated by experience.

At The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts, You will find the best quality of instruction as well as a spacious facility to train in. We promote a highly positive environment that includes all the benefits of our NSA Muay Thai Classes including:


Libertyville Martial Arts

Amir Deleon - Head Kickboxing Instructor

Sensei Amir is considered one of the “Original Students of the NSA” with Training that now exceeds over 20 years. His approach compliments The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts with a style that is intense, thorough and effective. His Kickboxing Instructor style results in a system where students invariably increase their Martial Arts knowledge, enhance their individual skill sets and achieve only their best while having fun at the same time.


The Best Kickboxing In Libertyville… Since 1997.

Train Like a Fighter

If you’re brand new and have no experience, that’s perfect because you’ll be able to train like a fighter and get into fighting shape, Focusing on Self Defense in an environment cultivated for all skill levels from beginners to experienced fighters.

Our Program encompasses all of the technical aspects of kickboxing while working at an intense yet healthy pace that will help you reach your self defense and fitness goals.

Mechanics & Footwork

The foundation for all techniques lies in lower-body mechanics.  We will work with to refine your “ready” or “fight” stance while your hips work as the primary movers for generating force. Hips and Shoulders move in one coordinated movement, maximizing force generation.

We’ll work with you to develop your Body Mechanics, Stance and Footwork that is suited to your style, your skills, and your abilities

Striking / Sparring

While Sparring is limited to those who wish to spar, but is relative to good, practical self-defense experience… Striking is of the utmost importance.  

Boxing, Kickboxing and Muay Thai strikes are a focus in most of our Martial Arts Programs. We will help you establish good techniques while utilizing hands, elbows, knees and legs to throw strikes.

Elbow & Knee Strikes

Knee strikes are one of the most powerful strikes in any martial art… A Great tool for slowly wearing down your opponent in a clinch fight.  Students will learn front strikes, knee strikes and combinantions… Especially the Flying knee strike – an explosive knockout power to your opponent’s body.

Various Elbow strike techniques will also be perfected with Speed, Power and Precision for extremely effective close range attacks.

Clinching and Defense

Clinching is inside fighting where you control the head and arms and strike with your knees and elbows. Our Kickboxing Program will focus on knees strikes, positioning, sweeps, elbow work and the cardio needed to be successful at clinch work.

If your defensive skills are good, you can make it difficult for your opponent to find that target. We will help you refine your defensive skillset with Parry, Block, Dodge, Return, Sidestepping and Rolling with the Punches.

Padwork & Partner Drills

If you have been wondering how the good kickboxers/boxers learned the impressive boxing techniques they exhibit in the ring, padwork and partner drills may be your answer. Our drills are designed to help you develop your fighting reflexes, defense technique, fighting strategy, and punching technique. 

These techniques are great for developing accuracy, timing, rhythm, strategy and style. 

Heavy Bag Training

The impact of training with heavy bags leads to the strengthening of muscles and bones over time while throwing repetitive kicks on the heavy bag can help to improve body coordination and balance. 

Most importantly… You will working with a heavy bag forces you to get creative. The standard one-two-kick combination gets stale very quickly, especially if you are sparring. Regular bag work challenges students to develop a wide range of combos so as to be more unpredictable.

Strength & Conditioning

Kickboxing has been shown to improve fitness, power, flexibility and agility.  Our Instructors work with you to find the right balance of training that will achieve maximum results without burnout while torching a lot of calories.

One study from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) found that the kind of punching-and-kicking combinations used in Kickboxing classes burn more than eight calories per minute—about the same amount you’d burn while swimming.

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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.

Improved Mental Focus & Increased Energy

Martial arts at The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts means much more than just self-defense. It also builds mental focus. Our Kickboxing 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 Libertyville Kickboxing Program, you will learn to channel that energy into productivity at home… and in the workplace.

Strength, Conditioning and Endurance Training

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.

Full Body Flexibility, Balance & Coordination

These are some of the most overlooked benefits of our Kickboxing Program in Libertyville. 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

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 Kickboxing 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 & Having Fun

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.  Keeping students interested in their Kickboxing Program 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.

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


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