South Elgin Budokan Martial Arts brings true martial arts to the community.
We're serving up a variety of professional martial arts classes!
Are you ready for the best training in the South Elgin area? Call today! (847) 888-8866


Much has been written about the physical, mental and emotional benefits of martial arts. While every program varies by different degrees of how these benefits, and others, impact you, here are some of our favorite reasons to be a part of a martial arts program:

Positive Attitude
The ability to defend yourself greatly improves self-confidence. Self-confidence combines with better judgment, integrity and overall improvement in lifestyle brings about a positive attitude

Character Development
This character building is probably the least obvious aspect of the training to the casual observer, but in reality it is the very essence. In most classes at the Dojo, we discuss elements of personal character like: Generosity, Integrity, Perseverance, Respect, Self-Control, Harmony, Loyalty and Courage.

You would be amazed at how friendly the people are!

Inner Achievement
The belt system used in martial arts teaches students the value of setting and achieving goals. Budokan students earn their rank and are never allowed to simply pay a fee to advance to the next level.

Improved Cardiovascular Health
One of the most important exercise benefits is an improvement in your cardiovascular health. For best results, try to get in at least 30 minutes most days a week.

Everybody Participates
Martial arts training allows everyone the opportunity to participate. Unlike a team sport, our martial arts training concentrates on each person’s personal progress.

Stress Relief
Kicking, punching, screaming and other activities are a great release, no matter what your age!

Self Confidence

A person with a great deal of self-confidence is more likely to speak up and make their opinion known, more likely to stand up for themselves, and less likely to let an opportunity pass them by. As a person who carries themselves with pride it is less likely to be chosen as a victim than one who is timidly creeping along, hoping that no one notices them. Bully Prevention tactics are included in youth training and group discussions.

Better Grades for Kids at School

Did you know students who study martial arts also tend to DO BETTER IN SCHOOL? Students enrolled in structured martial arts classes, where they learn goal setting and how to focus, develop self-confidence and increase their self-esteem get better grades and perform better in school sponsored activities. We expect students to get good grades!

We invite everyone to try a class for free!




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