Karate & Self Defense


Frontline Self Defense Course

Could you protect yourself if faced with a sudden violent attack?
Could you protect your family if faced with a sudden violent attack?
An ambush from a ruthless attacker can induce fear, doubt & hesitation. If you don't include stress, fear & uncertainty in your self-defense practice, your training is incomplete.

Knowledge of self-defense is not power.  Self-defense knowledge applied properly is what counts. Knowing how to strike & carrying weapons is not enough.  Therefore you must responsibly and realistically include elements of fear & stress in your self-defense training. If you include the element of stress and fear in your training you can inoculate yourself to that fear.

To build confidence & skill in your protective abilities involves realistic & frequent training, I am not suggesting participating in a UFC match or a martial arts tournament.  Skills used in Martial Arts or MMA tournaments may not always be the best option in a self-defense situation.  With that said, let me introduce a leading edge training programs that can prepare you to survive on the front lines of violence.

This course is designed to educate you on the realties of what can happen to your body & mind in a fight against a violent attacker. It will develop your ability to recognize, deter & de-escalate violence & manage fear. Next it will train you on how to deal with violent situations should they become unavoidable. Regardless of age, size, strength & ability you will build confidence while learning natural, simple & practical physical skills to defend yourself.

Frontline Self-Defense develops readiness & natural intuitive abilities, enabling you to avoid violence when possible & survive violence when it is unavoidable. When the police are minutes away, you are on the front lines of violence.

Training is open to individuals, groups & businesses.
Seminars are 4-6 hours in length depending on client needs.
Ongoing classes are based on the Frontline self defense 12 lesson curriculum and typically require 3 months of weekly meetings to complete

Seminar course Fees (4-6 hours)
1-2 persons $75 per individual(private rate)

3-or more persons $40 per individual(group rate)

Ongoing class fee $180 (12 lessons can be modified to 6-8 week course)

Courses conducted at the Kirby building 444 South Willow street, located in Effingham Illinois have no facility fee. Courses Conducted elsewhere may have a facility fee associated with the course.

Send a message below for any questions & to set up a training seminar or on going classes.

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Karate Training

"One whose spirit and mental strength have been strengthened by sparring with a never-say-die attitude should find no challenge too great to handle. One who has undergone long years of physical pain and mental agony to learn one punch, one kick, should be able to face any task, no matter how difficult, and carry it through to the end. A person like this can truly be said to have learned karate."

Gichin Funakoshi Karate Master

My interest in the martial arts begins in the 80’s martial arts craze. Everything from ninjas, aikido, Chuck Norris, Van Dam, and a plethora of other oddities. All of that stuff from the 80’s helped peaked my interest. What sparked it? I don't know.

September 1989, I seen the local news paper had a story on a local branch of the YMCA had recently opened up in my home town. In the story was a piece about a Karate class being held at the location. I recognized a couple of my friends in the picture. A few days later I inquired about the class to my friends at school and they strongly encouraged me to attend and try it out.
It did not take much conjoleing as the fire was already lit. I joined the class in October 1989 and I guess the rest is history. No regrets about my journey or having started it. Save for one regret, I wish I could have started sooner.

If someone would have told me when I was 13 or 14 that I would be teaching all that I am teaching, I doubt I would have believed it. What happened? What could have changed a young man of 14 years of age to go from shy, full of doubt and fear to what I am today? Karate. Karate is the answer. Its not so much all the punches and the kicks that have been thrown. Not so much the thousands of kata performed. Not so much all the students that I have had the great privilege to teach. Not so much all of the great teachers that have had a part in guiding and building me. Maybe its all of that combined and more. So much more

Karate is about the perfection of character. That statement is something I have heard many, many times over in my martial arts career. It is true, and I have always knew it to be true. Could not always explain why it was true. In my bones I knew it to be so. Maybe its the accumulated experience or dedication that leads to discipline. That then leads to the courage to get up and move forward with the quiet understanding that you know that there are things that you can’t do right now. As you look to the future you also know that you have the quiet understanding that you will accomplish what you set your heart upon.The Karate training is the reason for all my other success that I have enjoyed in life.

I am Grateful for that newspaper article for leading me toward my martial arts career. Forever grateful to all my teachers. Forever grateful to my students, that taught me as much if not more than my own teachers. Forever grateful to stand on the shoulders of giants. So that I may see further. Not because of my own special powers of vision, but because of the foundation beneath me.
I can see and reach further than I ever thought possible.

Now it's time to start your journey on the martial arts path, by taking the first step on a trek of a thousand miles. Stop by and visit my karate class, and begin to undertake your own journey and maybe you too can share the art with others someday.

Karate from Okinawa is one of the worlds most popular Martial Arts and is practiced by many people around the world. The study of Karate is a very demanding and rewarding endeavor to undertake. The rewards are many: increased self awareness and confidence, enhanced coordination and physical skill attributes, mental clarity and concentration, as well as a sense of well being and harmony with nature and society.

The practice of the Art of Karate is so that the student can embody the spirit of the Five Maxims which are:





Self Control

Without constant attention and work on these Maxims all of the benefits of Karate are lost.

“The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.”  
Gichin Funakoshi Karate Master

Karate training consists of learning and practice of the basic fundamental movements along with Kata which is the basics applied to a series of  movements. Kata can be later studied deeper and with much more attention. Kata is said to be the soul of Karate and is a personal favorite and a pleasure to practice and study.  After almost three decades of study it still brings me great pleasure as well as bringing me physical and mental growth. Karate training also includes various drills and exercises that greatly enhance your enjoyment of the art, and increases your skills and abilities not only in Karate but for life.

Class fee:

$45 per month payable the first class of the month.

Classes are held every Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:30.

Facility located at the Kirby Building

444 S. Willow Suite #1

Effingham Illinois

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