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

Getting Started

Rest assured, most people feel intimidated when starting something new, especially martial arts!  Our philosophy with new students is that they (you) are the future of the art, future training partners, and hopefully a future friend. The numerous benefits to being involved with martial arts should be something everybody has a chance to experience. The confidence that comes with training your body and sharpening your mind carries over into everyday life and when someone walks into Budokan Martial Arts for the first time we want them to feel like they belong!

What Do I Need to Start?

You don’t need anything special to start, just workout clothes, a water bottle if you have one, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn! We have all the equipment you are going to need to start.

We don’t allow street shoes on the mats! What defines a street shoe? Any footwear that has been worn outside on streets, sidewalks, playing fields, backyards, etc. Most people train barefoot but some like to wear wrestling or boxing shoes, martial arts shoes, low profile trainers….whatever you are comfortable in.

What Are Classes Like

Each class is a little different; many of our classes involve partner based training. Before you start getting nervous, keep in mind that we have the friendliest and most helpful group of people training here! Remember, everyone was a beginner at some point!

We invite you to try any of our regular classes 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