Header image header image 2  
A Traditional Karate School in Chicago


Here you can find information on Traditional Shotokan karate classes in Chicago for adults and children. What's in our name - "Chicago Kitoh Shotokan - Sugiyama Ryu Karate Do" (formerly Peterson Park Karate)? Well, "Kitoh" means to throw ki or our internal energy, while "Shotokan" is the specific style of karate. The "Kitoh" part of our name comes from our unique methodology of instruction based upon the principals that we have practiced under the most innovative karate instructor of our time, Sensei Shojiro Sugiyama.


We are now accepting registration for new students for our Winter and Spring sessions.  Please check our schedule for the times of our classes for adults and children and feel free to contact us for additional information.

The aim of this program is to provide a caring and safe environment in which individuals can constructively channel their energy and develop self-discipline, positive attitudes, balance, agility, coordination and respect for others as well as themselves. One will also enjoy the benefits of maintaining fitness and endurance through a variety of exercises in which they will learn how to focus their energy, develop control of their own strength and acquire a sense of personal accomplishment, which will reflect in every aspect of their lives. Read more about our philosophy and the class environment.

If you would like any further information feel free to contact us.

Thank you for visiting.
George Schlauder, Chief Instructor