10 of the Best Places to Learn Kung Fu in Chicago

10 of the Best Places to Learn Kung Fu in Chicago

An exciting way to increase fitness both mentally & physically, Kung Fu is a popular martial art. The gyms listed below specialize in Kung Fu instruction, so check out a class today?

1. Chicago Shaolin Temple

In 2007 34th Generation Master Shi Yanju founded the Chicago Shaolin Temple as a charitable organization. The goal of the Shaolin Temple branches is to preserve the 1,500 year history of the Chan (Zen) Buddhism Sect of the China Songshan Shaolin Temple. In addition to introducing & promoting Shaolin culture to the world. The Chicago Branch reports directly to the New York Shaolin Temple & its Master Shi Yanju.

2919 S. Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60608

Phone 773-847-4689
E-mail info@shaolintemplechicago.com


2. Chicago Bei Dou Kung Fu

A Chinese Martial Arts school with two locations in Chicago. The school’s name, Bei Dou, stands for the North Star & reflects their hope to guide their students on their journey to understanding Chinese Martial Arts. Featuring group & private instruction in Traditional Kung Fu, Contemporary Wushu, Sanshou Self-Defense & Tai Chi. Private lessons are also available in Ba Gua, Shin Yi & Qi Gong.

Fullerton – Lincoln Park
1511 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Bridgeport – Chinatown
539 W. 31st. Street
Chicago, IL 60616

Phone 773-327-4710


3. HealthKick Kung Fu

A Shaolin martial arts program for adults & children in Chicago. Featuring a number of classes & times.

Old Town Neighborhood
1329 N. Larrabee 2nd Floor
(between Division & Clybourn)
Chicago, IL 60610

Phone 773-879-0063
E-mail hkickkungfu@gmail.com


4. Song’s Kung-fu Academy

The premier midwestern school for traditional praying mantis & Shaolin-style kung-fu. Offering classes for adults & children in Chicago & Champaign. Teaching a variety of traditional self defense techniques, empty hand forms & weapons designed to improve physical abilities k mental discipline.

4800 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60630

Phone 773-759-2123
E-mail sajosong@aol.com


5. Zhang Tai Ji & Chinese Gong Fu Institute

The Chinese Gong Fu Institute features classes for pupils of all ages & skill levels. Students are instructed directly by Master Hong Chao Zhang, a professor of Henan University & 8th Daun of Chinese Martial Arts. Offering classes in the Internal & External Martial Arts, in addition to instruction in Qigong & Chinese languages.

4614 N. Western
Chicago, IL 60625

Phone 773-728-8682
E-mail frontdesk@usashaolintemple.org


6. Freddie’s Modern King Fu

FMK balances the body, mind & spirit, teaching martial arts as a way of life.

1642 W. Howard St.
Chicago, IL 60626

Phone 773-465-8888
E-mail FreddiesModernKungFu@live.com


7. Extreme Kung Fu

Featuring a variety of classes.

5951 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60626

Phone 773-719-6488
E-mail extremekungfu@gmail.com


8. Championship Martial Arts Academy

Founded in 1991 by Master Jianhua Guo to instruct children & adults in Chinese Wushu martial arts. The school has grown to over 300 students at Chicago, Mundelein & Naperville locations.

CMAA students train in internal (Tai Chi) & external (Kung Fu) forms. Classes range from beginner to advanced & championship levels. Individual instructions emphasize forms, weapons & other basic techniques. Group practices bring together students of different ranks in a friendly & supportive atmosphere.

Libertyville Sports Complex
1950 US-45
Libertyville, IL 60048

Naperville Chinese School
Kennedy Junior High
2929 Green Trails Drive
Lisle, IL 60532

Phone 847-322-5888
E-mail info@cmaawushu.com


9. Kung Fu Power

A temple of Kung Fu welcoming all students. Working together to train hard, have fun, improve skills & lives. Private instruction can be at your schedule or location & provide detailed, customized training. Group classes feature a variety of skill levels working together to improve. Special events provide an opportunity to go deeper into specific styles, forms, weapons or healing systems.

405 Lake Cook Road, Unit A3
Deerfield, IL 60015

Phone 847-702-7581


10. Soaring Eagle Kung Fu

A premier Kung Fu school in the Chicago area. Featuring youth & adult classes in traditional Chinese Shaolin Kung Fu (Kungfu), Tai Chi (T’ai Chi Ch’uan), Chinese Kickboxing (San Da) & Self-defense.

291 N Northwest Hwy
Palatine, IL 60067

Phone 847-701-5588
E-mail info@soaringeaglekungfu.com


If you know of another great Kung Fu school that isn’t listed above, let us know & we’ll add it to our next list.


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