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About WhirlWin Martial Arts
in Northlake, IL

Meet Jay Larkin

Owner and Chief Instructor at
WhirlWin Martial Arts in Northlake
4th Degree Black Belt

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!

  • Learn how to use your entire body to your advantage. No matter what your size is, you 'll learn kicks, strikes and life-saving techniques to overcome any opponent, anywhere.
  • Embrace your inner hero as you learn powerful striking and practical defense drills, while gaining endurance in the high energy cardio circuits.
  • Kids learn how to be bully-proof and how to spot sticky situations so they can walk away before things get bad. They’ll know exactly what to do and will feel comfortable doing it if they need to defend themselves.
  • Punching, kicking, self-respect, and respect for authority are a primary focus of all classes.

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.

How to Get Started

Come join our Northlake, IL Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Adult Martial Arts, Birthday Parties, Teen Martial Arts, and Kids Martial Arts. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (708) 409-0800 if you have any further questions. WhirlWin Martial Arts hopes to speak with you soon!

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