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Chris Brown

Chris Brown
Head Muay Thai Instructor
Boxing Instructor
Filipino Martial Arts Instructor (Arnis/Kali/Eskrima)

1st Dan Goju Ryu Karate
1st Dan Wu Wie Chuan studied under William (Sarge) Edwards

Chris has been practicing Martial Arts since 1975 when he began studying for his Junior Black Belt in Judo at the age of 10. After gaining his Judo black belt, he began to learn Goju Ryu in order to learn how to punch, kick and use weapons such as the Nunchuck. By the age of 18, he was introduced to Wu Wie Chuan through the Pennsylvania Karate Academy, which is a blend of Northern Chinese Style Kung Fu systems. Within a year he was completely immersed in his training and began boxing at Jack’s Uptown Gym in the Hill District of Pittsburgh and learning Muay Thai and the Filipino Martial Arts.

This solid foundation and love of the Martial Arts built a 20+ year career in the Martial Arts and Fitness Industry. He has taught Martial Arts, Fitness and been a Personal Trainer in Pittsburgh, Atlanta, San Francisco and Boulder. He has worked in National Health Club Chains, Private studios and Non-profit facilities. The following are among his many accomplishments to date.

  • Mauy Thai Arts Kickboxing studied under Ajarn Chai Sirisute
  • Filipino Martial Arts studied under Dan Inosanto
  • Boxing fought out of Jack’s Uptown boxing gym, Hill District, Pittsburgh, PA
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine, Personal Training Certification
  • International Fitness Professionals Association, Personal Training Certification
  • Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, Group Exercise Certification




South Elgin Budokan Martial Arts
959 N. LaFox (Rt. 31)
South Elgin, IL 60177
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(847) 888-8866


Mon 3:00p to 7:00p
Tues 9:00a to 8:00p
Wed 9:00a to 8:00p
Thur 9:00a to 8:00p
Fri 3:00p to 7:00p
Sat 9:00a to 1:00p
Sun 9:00a to 10:00p