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Northlake Martial Arts

Learn how to protect yourself & your loved ones. Get in great shape at the same time.

About Our School

The 5 Reasons Our Martial Arts Classes Are So Life-Changing, For Both Kids & Adults.


Bet you thought our Northlake martial arts school was just a super cool place to get fit and learn self-defense... well, you’re right, but it's a lot MORE than just that!

As you get strong and physically fit, you’ll also start to see some changes that most of our students didn’t know would happen. Especially the younger ones. They are totally amazed by the subtle changes that happen when you train in our programs.

Below are just a few of those life-changing experiences people see and feel. We can’t wait to hear what kind of positive experiences you have too!

Soaring Confidence

Challenge yourself, change your life! As you dive in and put your focus on learning all of the crazy cool punching drills, self-defense techniques, and getting involved in the cardio training you’ll realize you can reach and CRUSH your fitness goals. 

Wow, what a huge boost in confidence you’ll see! We see it on all of the new student's faces within just a couple of weeks. A lot of it comes from the positive class atmosphere and all the socialization that takes place here. 

You’ll beam with pride as your classmates and instructors cheer you on. You’ll lose count of all the high fives as you progress through training and continue to give your all in class. Both kids and adults feel this and it spills over into other parts of their life. Kids step up to the plate and become leaders in their classrooms. And adults claim they take on challenges at work with more confidence too! 

Laser-like Focus

Martial Arts is a ton of fun! You’ll learn all kinds of new skills and techniques like striking drills, defensive moves, and even some fun cardio drills. But... when you learn something new, you have to concentrate on listening to the instructor, then perform what they taught you.

The cool thing is that this intense focus naturally pours into all other areas of your life as you develop spot on focus. It’s one of the most amazing side effects of martial arts — many call it getting in the zone, unlocking your hidden potential, or peak performance.

Whatever you want to call it, one thing is for sure — you’ll learn how to focus your mind to perform things you once thought were impossible.

Totally Fit and Toned

Each class is jam-packed with fun and challenging exercises. But because you're so focused on practicing the moves, and having so much fun, you hardly notice it. Before you know it, the class is over, and not only did you learn powerful martial arts, you just got a great workout, too! 

Being physically fit also increases energy, confidence and how you feel about yourself.

Family, Friends & Values

Oh boy, your family is about to grow... big time! We're a tight-knit group here and our students are all about support and friendship. When you sometimes struggle through tough training, and smile at all your wins and accomplishments, your martial arts family will be right beside you every step of the way.

Friendship, motivation, and fist bumps are a part of every class. As you train together, you and your classmates will form an amazing bond that will make your heart sing.

It’s All About the FUN!

Stuck in a fitness rut or tired of going to bootcamp style classes where you get yelled at? That’s no fun and luckily our classes are NOTHING like that. Action-packed and a total blast, focused on your success, and always changing. No two workouts are the same and we use positive motivation.

No military style yelling or body shaming, ever.

Both kids and adults work hard, but also play hard. Laughing, smiles, and woo-hoos are part of every class.

If you are looking for a fun form of exercise that keeps your body moving and challenges your mind - while learning self-defense - kickboxing is guaranteed to hit the spot.

Learn exciting, powerful techniques, get in great shape fast by using your body in new, calorie-burning ways... and have great fun as you make friends with other people on their journey. Our classes are designed for people of all experience levels, too - from beginners to pros.

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Let your kid feel like a total rock star with our awesome kids birthday package. It's a fun, educational, structured birthday party involving martial arts... crazy-cool fun & games... and more. Plus your kid will be the one-and-only star of the show! Guaranteed to be a safe, fun, awesome experience for your child & all of his / her friends.

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If you too are looking for a fun form of exercise that always keeps you on your toes - and teaches you self-defense - teen martial arts is guaranteed to hit the spot. Learn exciting, powerful techniques... get in great shape fast by using your body in new, calorie-burning ways... and have a ton of fun as you make friends with like-minded people. Our classes are designed for people of all experience levels, too - from beginners to pros.

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Little ones (and their parents) love Northlake Kids Martial Arts Classes! A fun mix of martial arts techniques is combined with lessons on discipline, learning a deeper sense of respect, and building fit habits to take your children well into adulthood.

Each FUN class will bring your kids closer to new fit friends, teach them epic life-saving punching and kicking drills, and boost confidence for better performance in school!

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If you want a Calm Mind, Strong Spirit and Dangerous Body, welcome to WhirlWin Martial Arts! You’re at the right place at the right time.

WhirlWin is inspired by a love of martial arts, and the desire to bring confidence and serenity into your child’s life. It’s hard being a kid these days, as they face a lot of pressure in many different ways.

Practicing Kenpo Karate and being able to master modern self-defense techniques does amazing things for your body. It also strengthens your mind and gives you all the tools necessary to make full use of your unique abilities – no matter what age you are.

WhirlWin is excited to help you on your path to success as you learn karate and self-defense!

We combine 3 crucial elements to sweep you up in a whirlWIN of martial arts success! Breathwork, adaptability and teaching - train different than the rest so you can be the best! Here\'s how you do it:

Breathwork is important because when you’re able to control your breath, you can put yourself into a relaxed, focused state that will protect you. Your mind will be calm but alert, and your body will be relaxed but ready.

If you’re ever bullied or attacked by someone, your calmness will throw your attacker off, he’ll let his guard down and then you can move into quick action. He won’t know what struck him… and chances are good he’ll NEVER bully you again.

Just like the name of our school – WhirlWIN - YOU win, not him! You’ll feel really good and confident about that and it’ll make it easier for you to try other new things in life too.

Think about all the cool things you’ve wanted to try or would love to do, but have been too afraid to do so. You’ll never feel that way again after taking our classes!

In fact, your parents will wonder who this new, outgoing person in their family is and what happened to the old you! That’s when you can simply smile from ear to ear and feel really proud of all your new accomplishments.  

Most people don’t like change, but in martial arts, change is a good thing!  

Adaptability is key to defensive technique training. As you learn to focus on your strengths and not your weaknesses, we’ll show you how to adapt your movements that work best for YOU. This will help you get really good at karate and at defending yourself.

Who knows… maybe you’ll want to take it up a notch and compete in tournaments or become an instructor someday. The sky’s the limit – in all parts of your life - when you practice Kenpo Karate. 

And, of course, we always save the best for last.

Teaching is one of the things that our instructors do best. They continue to train on HOW to teach. They’re excellent at using adult and child-learning techniques to show you and your kids how to perform properly and safely. 

So what’s it like here? Well, it’s as easy as 1-2-3 to remember… FAMILY… FITNESS… FUN. And we’ll throw in a bonus for good measure… FRIENDS. Where else can you get all those healthy, positive things without spending a fortune?

Check out our steal of a deal web special going on right now. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to instill success in your teen or little one now. Reserve your spot today or stop by to see a room full of winners… just like your child!

Our students are all very outgoing, helpful and enthusiastic so if your child is a bit shy or introverted, no worries at all. We have some students like that here and the classes have helped them open up, participate and be more social with all their new friends… and the same will happen to your child. 

Our Outstanding Instructors

Jay Larkin is the owner, head instructor and director. He’s a 4th Degree Black Belt, has been practicing the Art of Kenpo Karate since 1984 and teaching since 1991.

He has the ability to really light up a class to keep students motivated and focused.

Mr. Larkin has a BA in psychology / philosophy from the University of Illinois. This education gives him and WhirlWin instructors the necessary teaching resources to help students use the many powerful life-enhancing lessons that the Art of Kenpo has to offer.

He is also a student of other mind / body arts like Judo, Jujitsu and Yoga. Kids and parents love the variety of helpful information that improves their body, mind and spirit.

He believes that a quality martial arts program should give students more than just self-defense strategies to stay safe. A student must learn how to use their Kenpo knowledge and skills to make their life the best that it can be.

He is happily married and loves being a dad to his two kids. He also enjoys training in the Kenpo Art, teaching, reading, photography and running.

Damien Marino is also an amazing instructor, a 2nd Degree Black Belt and has been teaching for 10 years.

All the instructors undergo strict training, so they’re able to keep you and your family enthusiastic about your training. It’s a well-known fact that excited students progress faster and tend to stick with what they’re interested in for long-term.

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