prideOfLionsInJapanesePride Dojo offers classes to students aged four years old and up through the Glencoe Park District. All students enroll as beginners and as they attain physical and mental growth, knowledge and experience as they progress through different belt levels.

Students may also choose to join the Pride Dojo competition team through which they will compete at AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) sanctioned tournaments. Competition begins at the state level with the opportunity to qualify for regional, national and international competition. The competition team is independent from the Glencoe Park District.

“The ultimate aim of the art of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the characters of its participants.” Master Gichin Funakoshi



Our classes teach traditional Shotokan basics, kata (forms), kumite (sparring) and kobudo (weapons). Kata is a set sequence of basic karate moves organized into a pre-arranged fight against imaginary opponents. It consists of kicks, punches, sweeps, strikes, blocks and throws which become increasingly more difficult and sophisticated as a student progresses through the belt rankings. Kumite is the practical application of kata to real opponents. Students may begin sparring classes when they achieve the rank of yellow belt. Kobudo is the use of a weapon applied in a kata sequence. Pride Dojo teaches two weapons, the bo and Kai-bo.

Pre Karate: 4 years of age

Students will learn how to follow instruction, develop balance, coordination, strength and concentration through appropriate game playing. They will be taught listening skills and will gain self-confidence through creative activities, while engaging in a fun and exciting environment.

Youth Karate: 5-12 years of  age

Students will improve coordination, power of concentration, and balance while learning kata and sparring actions. Continued growth in self-esteem and confidence building, as students broaden their abilities and knowledge of the martial art. The skills obtained in this class will help enhance your childs’ abilities in school, sports, and other outside activities.

Adult and Teen Karate

Training in karate offers many benefits to becoming a whole individual. Self-defense skills, physical fitness, mental as well as physical challenges, and a connection to others in this age group are principal goals at this level. Karate training is an excellent means to keeping your mind-body connection and keeping multi-tasking skills sharp and focused. It releases tension, improves balance and agility and improves both health of mind and body. This class is designed for any age and any level of physical fitness.

Kobudo (Weapons)

This is for students that have a rank of yellow belt or higher. Kobudo means weapons in Japanese. We work mainly with the bo staff, which is a long wooden staff. In this class students are taught Katas with the bo. Katas are a series of movements with attacks and counters against imaginary opponents. This class prepares students who are interested in competing in tournaments in the kobudo division. The bos are provided in the class.

Kumite (Sparring)

This class is for students that have a rank of yellow belt or higher. Sparring is a controlled fight with safety equipment. Students learn how to block and counter with a partner. The class teaches offensive and defensive techniques. Students start to learn footwork and how to hit targets. The class prepares them to participate in tournaments if they choose. Students enrolled in the class are required to purchase safety equipment.

Belt Promotion

Colored belt ranks are used in karate to indicate experience, knowledge and seniority. Students begin as a white belt and advance through yellow, orange, blue, green, low purple, high purple, brown and black belt. After achieving a first level black belt, Shodan, students continue to progress as a Dan. Typically students earn Shodan in 10-12 years. Each rank is associated with certain kata(s), and sparring techniques that need to be perfected in order to pass to the next rank. A student must be invited by a Sensei to test for the next rank, which may occur a few times a year in the lower ranks, and only 1-2 times a year for higher ranks.

Check the schedule here.



Colored dots indicate the belt level intended for the class

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
3:30 – 4:15p
Age 4
Pre karate
11:30 – 12:15
Adults and children
4:15- 5pm
5-12 yrs.
4:15-5 pm
4:15 – 5 pm
5-12 yrs.
4:15 – 5 pm
5-12 yrs.
12:30 – 1:15p
Sparring (all belts)
5 – 5:45 pm
5 yrs – adult
5 – 5:45 pm
5 – 5:45 pm
5 yrs – adult
5:45 – 6:30 pm
5 yrs – adult
5:45 – 6:30 pm
5:45 – 6:30 pm
5 yrs – adult
6:30 – 7:15




Sensei Marla Cohen: Sensei Marla has been teaching Shotokan Karate in Glencoe since 1988. She holds the rank of Rokudan, which is a 6th Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate, 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and 1st Kyu brown belt in Aikido. Sensei Marla is a National Coach for the A.A.U. Senior and Jr. Karate Teams. She is an A.A.U. National Gold Medalist in Kumite (sparring). She won the Coach of the Year Award in 1999 and was inducted into the A.A.U. Hall of Fame. Sensei Marla was the Gold Medalist at the 1985 Maccabiah Games in Israel.


Sensei Rob Trossman: Sensei Rob is a 4th Degree Black Belt and National Champion in Kata. Sensei Rob has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development from National Louis University. He started teaching Shotokan Karate since 2007



Sensei Mike Seul: Sensei Mike is a 3rd Degree Black Belt and National Kumite Champion. He has been teaching karate in Glencoe since 1989.



Sensei Jeff Ladin: Sensei Jeff is a 4th Degree Black Belt and National Kumite Champion. Sensei Jeff has a Master’s Degree in Education and has been teaching karate in Glencoe since 1991