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Various forms of martial arts have been around for thousands of years. The equipment and supplies these fighters use is as unique and diverse as the art of fighting itself. In order to have a better understanding of the world of martial arts, it is important to know the terminology associated with these fighting styles. Below are several terms to be familiar with if researching martial arts, supplies or equipment.

  • Kung Fu - Kung Fu is a Chinese fighting style classified according to common traits. Examples of these traits include physical exercises such as animal mimicry or other training methods inspired by Chinese philosophies, religions and legends.
  • Taekwondo - Taekwondo is a Korean fighting style. Loosely translated, the word means, the way of the hand and the foot. The art utilizes the longer reach of the legs through various kicking techniques. In addition, blocks, kicks and open handed strikes are used in conjunction with sweeps, takedowns, and joint locks.
  • Karate - Karate is a martial art which focuses primarily on self-defense. It involves the uses of kicks, knee and elbow strikes, open-handed strikes and various grappling techniques.
  • Boxing - The act, technique, or profession of fighting with the fists, with or without boxing gloves.
  • Spar - In boxing and martial arts, sparring is making the motions of attack and defense with the arms, fists, and legs especially as a part of training. In most cases, protective gear such as headgear, gloves, padded feet protectors are worn to protect the combatants from serious injury.
  • Dogi - A dogi is a uniform used in martial arts training. Though there are variations of the word, the uniform is fairly consistent throughout the different practices. It consists of loose fitting pants, and a jacket which is held closed by a belt. The color of the belt often signifies rank.
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    Tiger Martial Arts
    28686 W. Northwest Hwy. Unit #3., Lake Barrington, IL 60010
    Tiger Martial Arts Located in Lake Barrington, Illinois a Northwest Suburb of Chicago has been teaching traditional martial arts in the greater lake county area for over 30 years.
    (847) 772-1543
    Choi Brothers Inc
    3401 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60651
    (773) 489-2800
    Dynasty Martial Arts
    3417 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60641
    (773) 279-1700
    Kwon's Martial Arts & Fitness Center
    9956 Grand Ave, Franklin Park, IL 60131
    (847) 451-1301
    Self Defense Centers
    2151 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618
    (773) 539-2900
    Black Belt Shop
    4717 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
    (773) 728-8500
    East West Martial Arts
    2024 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
    (773) 878-7711
    Impact Chicago Self Defense for Women
    4770 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
    (773) 561-9000
    Jiu Jitsu Institute Inc
    226 S Wabash Ave Ste 702, Chicago, IL 60604
    (312) 986-1541
    Park Ridge Taekwondo/Hapkido
    2701 W Sibley St, Park Ridge, IL 60068
    (847) 696-9983
    Next Move Gear LLC
    508 Lee St, Evanston, IL 60202
    (847) 329-1707
    MMA Stop
    1275 S Main St, Lombard, IL 60148
    (630) 317-7592
    A Academy of Self Defense and Fitness
    3753 W 95th St, Evergreen Park, IL 60805
    (708) 499-1500
    MidWest Shotokan Karate Association
    1502 N Elmhurst Rd, Mount Prospect, IL 60056
    (847) 788-0200
    O Atc
    3141 Dundee Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062
    (847) 480-9224


    Purchase martial arts supplies and equipment from dealers or locations offering classes. Items you need include uniforms, gloves, and practice mats. The items you need depends on the form you're learning. Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, and Judo each have their own specific needs. Kendo and karate also has its own specific needs. Some forms use weapons, others simply use parts of the body. The forms need special training from a master. Each time you complete one level of training, you're awarded with a different colored belt. The sport includes a series of kicks and punches. Hone punching skills by smashing wooden boards in karate. Heavy punching bags also help teach hand boxing techniques. Kicks and flips are practiced on padded floor mats for your safety. Sparring with swords requires special care to ensure everyone's safety. Some of the earliest forms of this Asian sport date back to times B.C. The hand-to-hand combat forms were used for sport. Forms include two techniques referred to as “soft” or “hard.” Later forms added weapons and created intricate sports that resemble dances. In many forms, the system is only used in extreme cases of self-defense. These Asian forms are not used without careful thought and plenty of practice. Learn from a skilled master over a span of weeks, months, and years. The length it takes to learn depends on the level you wish to achieve. Find martial arts supplies online or at local specialty stores. Wholesalers often have the best prices. Ask your master about the equipment you'll need and take the list of items with you.
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