Please visit our Dojo at 5945 W. Irving Park Rd. Chicago.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 5:00 PM to  8:00PM ,
Friday 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon.

For hours and appointment please call the ITKA Headquartes 773-283-8200

Main Dojo and Headquarters
5945 W. Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60634
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Karate in Lincoln Park

Teaching history of Shihan Bambouyani in Lincoln Park

Organizations name:  International Traditional Karate Association (ITKA Karate), Japan Karate Association International (JKA).

Style is known as Shotokan Karate in Chicago.

 Shihan Bambouyani is the chief instructor of ITKA Karate, and  is one of the premier martial arts instructor in Chicago.  He is a highly respected karate Master by many martial artists in the world. Shihan Bambouyani started teaching Martial Arts 4 decades ago at the University of Illinois in Chicago,  and for the 3 decades has been offering Karate by Chicago's Lakefront .

Currently,  ITKA Karate offeres classes at the  Lincoln Park Cultural Center, Daily Bicentennial Plaza, and Clarendon Park.  The discpline is Shotokan Karate, perhaps the largest Karate style in the world.

For more information, contact  Shihan Bambouyani in  person  at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   or via cell at 773-308- 3528.                               

Lincoln Park Cultural Center
2045 Lincoln Park West
Chicago, IL 60634
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 Testimonial:  March 2010

 My kids have been attending classes at ITKA for one and a half years now. On Thursdays, they practice at the Lincoln Park Cultural Center. On Fridays and Saturdays, I drive out to the main dojo in our minivan loaded with my kids Emma (11), Charlie (7), and three other kids from the Lincoln Park neighborhood. At times, it takes us 45 minute to drive to the dojo.

Why are these kids and myself so committed to ITKA? There are dojos much closer to Lincoln Park.

Two words. Sensei Bambouyani.

He is in a class by himself when it comes to communicating with children. He knows when to push them, when to nurture them, when to give them a break. His ability to teach children the lessons of life, self-confidence, humility, and friendship through karate is what sets him apart from others. He has also instilled these principles in all of his instructors.

ITKA has changed our lives in the past year and a half. We laugh hysterically from watching Charlie do super speed kata at home. We are impressed by the discipline of both our kids as they practice every day at home… because they just want to. We feel more secure when Emma talks about her heightened sense of awareness when she is out and about.

It’s easy to say that these changes are part of growing up and family nurturing. However, I believe that it is also the influences of ITKA and Sensei Bambouyani that is helping our children develop into finer human beings.

By the way, Sensei also has me practicing now since he noticed that I am always at the dojo with the kids. I wish the other parents waiting in the ITKA lobby would come out and struggle (I mean, exercise) with me from now on.

Thank you ITKA and Sensei Bambouyani!

  Percy Wang