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


~Upcoming Events~ 

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day – No Charge

Saturday, April 27th, 10:00a

Our event, and others like it, is part of the global World Tai Chi Healing Wave that starts in New Zealand and migrates around the world with local celebrations. Each year, on the last Saturday of April, at 10:00 am local time, tens of thousands, in hundreds of cities, in over 70 nations come together … to breathe together … to provide the world a healing image of our planet and our people.

All levels of Tai Chi practitioners are welcome.  Pre-registration is appreciated but not required. Event starts promptly at 10a so arrive 10-15 minutes ahead of the session. 

Pencak Silat Seminar

Saturday, May 4th, 11:00a to 1:00p

Pencak Silat is an Indonesian full-body fighting form combining strikes, kicks, grappling, and throwing, in addition to weaponry.  In this seminar you will get an introduction to basic techniques and principles and you will begin to recognize the underlying advantages and disadvantages of the motion rather than memorizing specific techniques.  Included in the training will be:

Throws – Takedowns – Submission holds – Ground fighting – Ground vs stand up fighting – How to stand up from ground fighting – Touch on edged weapon defense

Wear something comfortable. Knowing how to fall is not required but it helps. This workshop is open to all skill and experience levels, whether you have years of practice or are a new beginner.  Suggested for adults and mature youth. $40 per person, $35 for second family member in the same household.  Please register by contacting us at 847-888-8866.

Monthly Qigong and Meditation Workshops

Saturday, April 20th, 11:00a to 1:00p

Saturday, May 18th, 11:00a to 1:00p

Qigong is a free-form practice with many non-movement ways to practice it. Sifu Jason will introduce or refamiliarize you to the art of Qigong and lead you in Qigong practices and movements and meditative exercises. Your benefits from this experience may include Relaxation, Calming the Mind, Stress Reduction, General Sense of Well Being, Improved Body Structural Strength. This workshop is open to all skill and experience levels, whether you have years of practice in the internal arts or are a new beginner. $40 per person, $35 for second same household family member. Please register by contacting us at 847-888-8866 for additional information. We look forward to your participation in this introspective event.

~Regular Programs~

Youth Bujutsu Martial Arts

Ages 7+ Tuesday and Thursday 4:30-5:20p

Ages 4-5-6 Tuesday and Thursday 5:30-6:10p

Ages 8+ Saturday 9:00-10:30a 

Our Bujutsu (‘Martial Way’ in Japanese) program is the product of multiple martial art styles and experiences. It is a dynamic style that integrates traditional and contemporary aspects of major disciplines. The program is continually reviewed to ensure we offer a well-balanced and effective training system for every student. You will learn Martial Arts and Self-Defense techniques from the traditional martial arts such as Judo, Karate, Kung Fu, Hapkido, Wing Chun and Jui Jitsu along with acquiring skills from Boxing, Kick Boxing, Wrestling and more.

Bujutsu is a fun and exciting way to improve your core strength, increase endurance and stamina, and learn how to defend yourself better on your feet or on the ground. Students learn respect and responsibility as they learn and improve their skills and techniques.

Wing Chun Class
Monday 7:00p

Wednesday 5:45p 

Wing Chun is a close range, fast and aggressive trapping martial art, designed for smaller practitioners to redirect and counter strike opponents in close, contact distances.  Basics, drills, footwork, Chi Sau (sticking hand exercises) or resistive based contact drills with the intent to find openings of attack and counter.

Training concepts include the centerline theory, yielding force, opponent related expanding and contracting, and more.  This is a highly interactive class intended for all levels and involves light to intermediate level of activity depending on your ability.  Our training methodology is to bring each student up to their own ability and not beyond and to not over train.  Suggested for ages 12+.

Tai Chi

Tuesday and Thursday 6:00p

Sunday 9:00a

Tai Chi is an ordered series of simple full-body movements to increase strength, improve balance, reduce pain and decrease stress in an easy-to-follow class for all fitness levels.

Although Tai Chi is slow and gentle and doesn’t leave you breathless, it addresses the key components of fitness — muscle strength, flexibility, balance, and, to a lesser degree, aerobic conditioning. Highly recommended by many recognized medical authorities.  There’s plenty of space for newcomers to join us.  Outdoor training weather permitting.

Adult Combat Bujutsu / Self Defense

Wednesday 7:00p

This is an ongoing weekly class. Learn basics of footwork and proper execution of striking from an outside distance to an up-close range, from standing to on the ground. Physical activity progresses to controlled sparring to make the training as realistic as possible while always remaining focused on student safety.  Learn to be aware of your surroundings, use common objects defensively, avoid dangerous situations, etc. Practical self-defense tactics, suitable for mature teens and adults and for all genders, is covered.  And enjoy a good workout too! (ages 16+)


Monday and Friday 6:00p

Judo is a Japanese art which utilizes spectacular throwing techniques, but also involves considerable grappling on the ground utilizing controlled holds, arm locks, and choking techniques.   All experience levels are welcome, adults and youth – ages 6+.


Tuesday and Thursday 5:00p (Temp time change)

The class typically starts with a few minutes of warm up training followed by training on proper and basic striking techniques on heavy bags and working with practice pads. The class make up is adults and kids (mostly teens) and we match up students according to their skill levels.  Because this is a strenuous competitive sport, we focus on cardio and core training in addition to learning the skills and techniques in our classes.

Mauy Thai / Kickboxing Classes (On Hold)

Tuesday and Thursday 6:30p 

Muay Thai is the standing art of eight limbs: Hands, Elbows, Knees, and Feet. The curriculum involves learning how to strike, counter, catch, and block attacks with the eight limbs. Benefits include body conditioning, coordination. and confidence.  If you are interested or know someone that is, please let us know.  Suggested for ages 10+

Weapons Class 

Thursdays 7:30p

Training includes both the Bo Staff and the Filipino Arnis fighting sticks along with introducing other weapons of interest. You will learn a wide range of realistic strikes, blocks, stances, 2-person drills and fighting skills. The workouts and classes will give you a great total body workout, while strengthening your upper body.

Open to mature youth and adults, classes may be held outdoors, weather permitting.   Staffs and sticks are available for use or can be ordered for purchase ahead of time.  Open to mature youth and adults.

We invite everyone to experience the benefits of Martial Arts – the 1st regular lesson is on us!




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