Martial Arts Classes for Kids

Martial arts and karate classes for kids are a great way to boost self-confidence, work on discipline, and develop motor skills. Many of these dojos offer taekwondo, hapkido, jiu jitsu, martial arts, and karate classes for kids as young as 4 years old. Be sure to inquire about free trials at many of these locations. (Park districts are a great resource for beginning martial arts classes as well; be sure to check out your local town’s catalog.)

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Martial Arts Classes for Kids in the Southwest Suburbs


American Martial Arts Academy
11634 S. Pulaski Road
Alsip, IL 60803
(708) 389-7559


JK Martial Arts Academy
5361 State Road
Burbank, IL 60459
(708) 422-3768


Self Defense Studio
13620 S. Cicero Avenue
Crestwood, IL 60445
(708) 385-8800

Evergreen Park

Academy of Self Defense
3753 W. 95th Street
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
(708) 499-1500


Classical Martial Arts Academy
20815 S. LaGrange Road
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 464-1766

Frankfort Black Belt Academy
10850 W. Laraway Road
Frankfort, IL 60423
(708) 288-2033

Frankfort Mixed Martial Arts
21800 S. LaGrange Road
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 469-7827

Midwest Academy of United Martial Arts
9227 Gulfstream Road, Unit A
Frankfort, IL 60423
(708) 646-1006

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Studio Garuda
Located inside 5 Star Fitness
3585 Hennepin Drive
Joliet, IL 60431
(815) 207-8137

SUDA International Training Center
117 Republic Avenue
Joliet, IL 60435
(815) 641-5494

TM Martial Arts
3480 Caton Farm Road
Joliet, IL 60431
(815) 254-6141

KC3 (Kids Christ-Centered Combat)
2800 Black Road
Joliet, IL 60435
(815) 342-3538

Hickory Hills

Strike Fitness
9831 S. 78th Avenue
Hickory Hills, IL 60457
(630) 330-4857

Homer Glen

Modern Arnis Academy
15252 W. 143rd Street
Homer Glen, IL 60491
(708) 645-0128


T-USA Martial Arts
1136 S. State Street
Lemont, IL 60439
(630) 243-8872


Southwest Chicago Shotokan
SOS Children’s Village
17545 Village Lane
Lockport, IL 60441
(630) 710-4157

USA Spirit Martial Arts Academy
946 N. State Street
Lockport, IL 60441
(815) 834-1918


Family Martial Arts
8537 W. 191st Street
Mokena, IL 60448
(815) 469-0220

New Lenox

Dragon Fire Karate
132 E. Illinois Highway
New Lenox, IL 60451
(708) 259-5409

Jho Boun Martial Arts
1307 S. Schoolhouse Road #3
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 485-5701

Jung’s Champion TaeKwonDo
2433 Joliet Highway
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 230-6233

Ko Fu Dojo – Aikido Club
1024 S. Cedar Road
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 462-0100

Pride Martial Arts
14627 W. Edison Drive
New Lenox, IL 60451
(779) 803-3170

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University of Ground Fighting
13150 E. Lincoln Highway
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 529-4672

Oak Lawn

Joon Lee’s Tae Kwon Do
5301 W. 95th Street
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 423-6366

Orland Park

Dion Riccardo’s Victory Martial Arts Academy
15414 S. 70th Court
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 275-4250

Joon Lee’s Tae Kwon Do
14355 S. LaGrange Road
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 403-9090

Kickhigher Martial Arts
9011 151st Street
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 966-0731

Martial Arts USA
11010 W. 179th Street
Orland Park, IL 60467
(708) 995-7974

Randori Jiu Jitsu
11545 183rd Place, Unit 118
Orland Park, IL 60467
(708) 374-1446

RŌL Academy of Jiu Jitsu
15629 S. 71st Court
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 682-6262

Palos Heights

Palos Martial Arts Center
7206 W. College Drive
Palos Heights, IL 60463
(708) 448-7142

T-USA Martial Arts
12041 Harlem Avenue
Palos Heights, IL 60463
(708) 361-5657

Palos Hills

Southwest Academy of Kyokushinkai Karate
8648 W. 103rd Street
Palos Hills, IL 60465
(708) 598-7650


Chikara Martial Arts Academy
24316 W. 143rd Street
Plainfield, IL 60544
(630) 557-9394

Dion Riccardo’s Victory Martial Arts Academy
16108 Route 59, Unit 126
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 200-4446

Full Life Martial Arts
12337 S. Route 59, Unit 121
Plainfield, IL 60585
(815) 254-8224

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World Champion Taekwondo
14951 S. Van Dyke Road
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 439-0623

Yong-In Lions Martial Arts
16122 S. Route 59, Unit 114
Plainfield, IL 60586
(815) 254-4400


A Center For The Martial Arts
6856 W. 111th Street
Worth, IL 60482
(708) 448-2454

Did we miss a great spot that offers great martial arts classes for kids?  Please add it in the comment section below!

About the Author

Kristen Sheehan
Kristen is a Burbank native who settled with her family in New Lenox in 2016. She loves her new neighborhood and could not be happier with her new home. Kristen and her husband have three amazing children – two daughters, ages six years and twelve months, and a three year-old son. She also has a furry shih-tzu baby, who is 10 years old. The kids are active and energetic, but Kristen enjoys providing a mix of structured play/activities and downtime at home. She is passionate about keeping her family healthy and happy. During the winter, Kristen likes to go sledding and skating – as well as experiencing indoor play spaces. During the summer, she loves getting outside with her family – playgrounds, festivals, fairs, picnicking, bike riding, and trips to the zoo. Her kids love helping in the kitchen, and Kristen enjoys cooking and baking with them!

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