Youth Jeet Kune Do / Kali: Ages 7-14 years old

Lake County’s Premiere Martial Arts Academy since 1997

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Lake County’s Premiere Martial Arts Academy since 1997

The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts in Libertyville has been the Martial Arts Leader in Youth Jeet Kune Do and Kali since it’s inception.  Under the Training of Guro Dan Inosanto, Guro Ron Balicki, Grandmaster Atillo and Guro Rick Faye, we bring your child the best of what Jeet Kune Do (JKD) and Kali have to offer.

    What is Jeet Kune Do?

    Jeet Kune Do (截拳道; also “Jeet Kun Do“, “JKD,” or “Jeet Kuen Do“) is a hybrid martial arts system and life philosophy founded in 1967 by martial artist Bruce Lee with direct, non classical and straightforward movements. The style emphasizes minimal movement with maximum effect and extreme speed. The system works on the use of different ‘tools’ for different situations. These situations are broken down into ranges (kicking, punching, trapping and grappling) with techniques flowing smoothly between ranges. It is referred to as a “style without style” or “the art of fighting without fighting” as said by Bruce Lee himself. Unlike more traditional martial arts, Jeet Kune Do is not fixed or patterned and is a philosophy with guiding thoughts. It was named for the concept of interception, or attacking your opponent while he is about to attack. However, the name Jeet Kune Do was often said by Bruce Lee to be just a name. He himself often referred to it as “the art of expressing the human body” in his writings and in interviews. Through his studies Bruce came to believe that styles had become too rigid and unrealistic. He called martial art competitions of the day “dry land swimming”. He believed that combat was spontaneous and that a martial artist cannot predict it, only react to it, and that a good martial artist should “be like water,” moving fluidly without hesitation.

    In 2004, the Bruce Lee Foundation decided to use the name Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do (振藩截拳道) to refer to the martial arts system that Lee founded. “Jun Fan” was Lee’s Chinese given name.

    What is Filipino Kali?  

    Kali (In the West), Eskrima, and Arnis are umbrella terms for the traditional martial arts of the Philippines that emphasize weapon based fighting with sticks, knives and other bladed weapons, firearms, and various improvised weapons. It also includes hand-to-hand combat and weapon disarming techniques.

    Kali students start their instruction by learning to fight with weapons and only advance to empty-hand training once the stick and knife techniques have been sufficiently mastered. This is in contrast to most other well-known Asian martial arts but it is justified by the principle that bare-handed moves are acquired naturally through the same exercises as the weapon techniques, making muscle memory an important aspect of the teaching. It is also based on the obvious fact that an armed person who is trained has the advantage over a trained unarmed person and serves to condition students to fight against armed assailants. Most systems of Kali apply a single set of techniques for the stick, knife, and empty hands, a concept sometimes referred to as motion grouping. Since the weapon is seen as simply an extension of the body, the same angles and footwork are used either with or without a weapon. The reason for this is probably historical, because tribal warriors went into battle armed and only resorted to bare-handed fighting after losing their weapons.

    Many systems begin training with two weapons, either a pair of sticks or a stick and a wooden knife. These styles emphasize keeping both hands full and never moving them in the same direction, which trains practitioners to become ambidextrous. For example, one stick may strike the head while the other hits the arm. Such training develops the ability to use both limbs independently, a skill which is valuable even when working with one weapon.



    The Best in Libertyville Martial Arts… Since 1997.

    Authentic JKD - Bruce Lee's Original Art

    Prospective students are looking for the confidence that martial arts provides. Part of that confidence derives from the ability to defend yourself and loved ones.  The technical aspect of the classes includes elements from Muay Thai, boxing, Jiu Jjitsu, and kickboxing. Elbows and knees are prevalent in Muay Thai but are also a part of Jeet Kune Do. Bruce Lee studied boxing and fencing when developing his art. We borrow certain elements from Jiu Jitsu when addressing self defense situations on the ground.

    Jeet Kune Do - Intercepting your Opponent

    The student can defend themselves in any range – kicking, punching, trapping and grappling.  It is an art whereby you “intercept” your opponent. Bruce’s philosophy is that you only use the tools necessary to neutralize the situation. Other “tools” include the elbows, forearms, kicks, punches, joint locks, sweeps, take downs, trapping hands, and foot traps

    JKD Fitness, Conditioning & the Use of Force

    JKD training is a highly specialized program unlike any other in the world.  Use of force and total comprehension of all of the skills of JKD are taught for quick changes, great variety and speed.  Our conditioning techniques include the boxing techniques, wing chung trapping, wing chung sensitivity drills, wooden dummy training, Kali weapons/empty hands training, Silat, Muay Thai, Shoot Wrestling and Jiu Jitsu. This specialized knowledge and program provides the opportunity for you to get in shape at an accelerated rate.

    "Scientific Street Fighting" with JKD

    With consistent training, the student will learn to neutralize the opponent within 1-3 moves. This is not a sport. No rules. No referee, no towels. Primary targets are the eyes and groin. Secondary targets are the knees and throat. Other areas include the shin, ribs among others. JKD embraces the principal of the longest weapon to the nearest target.  

    FMA Certified by the Legendary Dan Inosanto

    The only Lake County, Illinois school certified by the Legendary Dan Inosanto in Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts.  Guro Dan Inosanto is our Jeet Kune Do and Kali In the FMA or Filipino Martial Arts he is an expert in 32 different systems. Guro Dan Inosanto is my Kali, Silat and JKD teacher. In the FMA or Filipino Martial Arts he is an expert in 32 different systems.

    Weaons Training with Filipino Kali

    Filipino martial artists are noted for their ability to fight with weapons or empty hands interchangeably and their ability turn ordinary household items into lethal weapons. Weapons-training with Rattan Sticks takes precedence because they give an edge in real fights, gears students to psychologically face armed opponents, and any object that can be picked up can be used as a weapon using FMA techniques.  Our weaponry training covers a wide variety featuring stick, blade and knife as well as flexible weapons and weapons of opportunity such as car keys, flashlight, clothing or anything at your disposal.

    A Complete MMA Program - Kali & The Filipino Martial Arts

    Although some instructors focus on sport, the Filipino martial arts are a form of reality-based self-defense and a great example of a complete MMA system. Don’t get fooled by the stick-fighting tournaments you hear about. The Filipino arts are multidimensional. As Bruce Lee said in Enter the Dragon, “Do not focus on the moon or you will miss all the heavenly glory!” Stick fighting is not just about using your weapon. It’s also about using our opponent’s weapon against him.

    Filipino Kali Escrima in the Movies & Television

    Filipino Kali/Escrima has been used used in many popular movies and television shows including:

    The Bourne Identity, Supremacy, Ultimatum & Legacy (Matt Damon)

    Mission Impossible 4 (Tom Cruise)Resident Evil (Milla Jollovich)

    The Book Of Eli (Denzel Washington)

    Spartacus (Showtime Series)

    Star Wars (Episodes I, II & III)

    Batman (Christian Bale)

    Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise)


    The Best in Libertyville Youth Martial Arts… Since 1997.

    Reality Based 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!


    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 many other martial arts programs, our youth program students must work hard for their promotion…not pay for it!



    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.)


    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 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. 

    Youth Leadership Experience

    The youth of today face many challenges in their lives. To groom youth to be effective, ethical leaders with strong values has never been harder.  Our Program is a very powerful tool that was built and designed to educate, inform, inspire and challenge students to set a new standard of excellence for themselves.  Leadership training improves self confidence and prepares youth to act as role models, work as a team, assist those in need, set goals, take responsibility and communicate effectively.


    We are Family

    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.

    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.

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    Parents of Youth Jeet Kune Do / Kali Program: Ages 7-14 years old

    Libertyville Martial Arts for Youth

    Parental Concerns

    A common parental concern is that martial arts will encourage violence and aggression. The opposite is actually true. Through consistent, fun and focused training, children will quickly discover an inner confidence and strength which enables them to move beyond the need to prove themselves physically. As your child gets older, patience and tolerance replace anger and frustration, giving your child the ability to make good decisions.

    At The Northshore Academy of Martial arts, our Early Ninja Program training program takes your child’s energy and directs it in a positive and constructive manner tempered with fun, discipline and control. Parents are excited to see the self-discipline, focus control and increased concentration carry over into everyday life.

    The physical, mental, emotional and developmental benefits provided by The Northshore Academy of Martial arts is unparalleled. No other single activity will provide your child with all the benefits that our Early Ninja Program has to offer. It’s no wonder that so many doctors and educators recommend Martial Arts training for children of all ages.


    Your Role as a Parent

    As you can see, the Early Ninja Program curriculum is educational and also fun! Your child will learn the family values and life skills needed to live a life of focus and discipline – always striving to be the best. Although The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts creates an atmosphere of Leadership and Success… We can’t do it without our parents help. Here are some important tips that will help you and your child get the most out of our Early Ninja program:

    • Make sure your child attends class regularly – Children adjust to consistency. If attending class becomes an option and not a priority, they will not adjust well. If your child is going to miss a class for any reason, please contact us and we can make further arrangements. Your child’s progress is of utmost importance.
    • Watch your child participate often – Your child wants to make you proud. The best way they can show you how well they are doing…is for you to see it for yourself.
    • Monitor your child’s progress – Your Child should earn a skill stripe every week. If your child does not receive a stripe, your child may have a challenge with that particular skill and will need just a little extra practice at home.
    • Keep an updated calendar on the skills covered in each class – If your child misses a class or falls behind, they will need to make up the skills they missed.
    • Keep track of when your child’s next belt promotion is scheduled to take place – This way you can help prepare your child for their next performance. You should expect your child to belt test approximately every eight weeks.
    • Invite family, friends, and teachers to your child’s belt promotion – This is a big event for your child and it only comes around every eight weeks! This might not seem like a very long time… But for your child.. eight weeks is a lifetime. Make it an event they’ll never forget and your child’s confidence will grow!



    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


      Northshore Academy of Martial Arts
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      Libertyville, Illinois 60048


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