Enjoy the Best Self Defense Classes Indiana Has to Offer!
  There’s something about our self defense classes that families can’t get enough of – so much so that we offer our action-packed taekwondo and hapkido training at, not one, but two different locations! Whether you’re a long-time admirer of the martial arts, you’re looking to expose your kids to a new hobby, or you’re › Read more
Hapkido Training Is Better With a Friend!
If there’s anything we love to see at our martial arts schools in Homewood Illinois and Dyer Indiana, it’s the camaraderie that develops between our students. Whether they participate in our taekwondo classes, hapkido training or both, students of all ages enjoy connecting with others and making new friends. So much so, that it’s not › Read more
Martial arts schools help to reduce stress
Whether you’re a student adjusting to a new school or an adult navigating a busy season at work, we all experience stress. Good stress can motivate us, inspire us and push us to break barriers. On the other hand, bad stress can overwhelm or frustrate us. When unchecked or mismanaged, this stress can even manifest › Read more
Parent Spotlight: Nick S.
We love our students here at Draco Academy. We also honor and appreciate the parents who support our students’ martial arts journeys. Perhaps you’re a parent asking yourself, “Should I consider martial arts schools in my area for my kids?” Allow us to help you make an informed decision with a firsthand perspective from one › Read more
Student Spotlight: Brian W.
Draco Academy student Brian W. understands the importance of discipline, perseverance and black belt courage. Brian earned his black belt in just three-and-a-half years at our Illinois martial arts school – a testament to his indomitable spirit and passion for the craft. When he’s not advancing his own Hapkido training, you can find Brian motivating › Read more
Our Illinois Martial Arts School Takes a Stand Against Teen Dating Violence
National statistics show that nearly 1.5 million U.S. high school students experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.1 February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and, as the leading provider of self defense classes in Dyer and Homewood, Draco Academy is asking others to join us in taking a stand. › Read more
Being Bullied at School? Try Hapkido Training
Unfortunately, bullying is still a widespread issue in our schools. National bullying statistics reported that, on average, 35% of 12-18 year old students are involved in traditional bullying while 15% are involved in cyberbullying. What does that mean for students? Bullying has the potential to cause negative social, mental and emotional outcomes for school-age children › Read more
Set Your Martial Arts Goals for 2017
The start of the new year inspires a season of reflection and goal-setting. As you think about what you would like to accomplish in 2017, you’re probably considering your fitness goals, as well. At Draco Academy, we teach our students the value of hard work, discipline and motivation. We’re excited to see how those values › Read more
The Best Martial Arts Training in Illinois and Indiana – Here’s Why!
Choosing the right martial arts training facility can be a difficult task. More than quality instruction and a state-of-the-art dojo, you should be on the lookout for a strong, supportive student community. After all, your classmates will eventually become your friends and motivators as you train together toward a common goal. If you’ve been searching › Read more
PERFECTING THE ART:  A Q&A with 1st Degree Black Belts, Michael Brown and Robert Gay
This summer, Draco Academy proudly joined students Michael Brown and Robert Gay in celebration as they earned their 1st Degree Black Belts! After years of careful and committed study, Brown and Gay credit their success to hard work, perseverance, and an unquenchable thirst to achieve. We sat down with these two to discuss their journeys, › Read more

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5 Benefits of Taking Women’s Self-Defense Classes
There’s no better feeling than knowing you are independent and can look after yourself. That includes being able to defend yourself in a dangerous situation. However, self-defense classes for women can offer far more than the ability to defend yourself, they can improve your focus, self-awareness and all-around fitness too. Here are five benefits associated
Most students who enroll with us here at Draco Academy want to know how quickly they can progress through the Taekwondo belt system. Essentially, how quickly can they achieve their ultimate goal to be a coveted black belt? It goes without saying that to pass the black belt test requires considerable dedication, hard work, and
What to Do When Your Child Doesn’t Want to Go to Class
Classes are an investment in time, energy and money. Also, regular attendance is important to attain advanced level skills. Consider these five tips if your child is reluctant to attend classes. 1. Be mindful of your child’s activities before class. Are they having fun playing with toys? If so, that can wait until after class.
How to Fight Bullying with Patience and Confidence
  At some point in the life of a young person, he or she will likely encounter a bully. At school, or when hanging out with friends, children must learn to deal with bullies in a way that is safe, smart, and effective. It’s hard to teach children how to deal with the adversity of
5 Ways to Prepare for Your Black Belt Test
Everyone knows what a black belt is, but did you know that only 1 in 10,000 martial arts students earn a black belt? With so much at stake, it would be foolish to just “wing it” the day of. An achievement like a black belt needs physical and mental preparation if one wants to earn
Taekwondo vs. Hapkido: Which Should You Study?
Martial arts, in all forms, are widely practiced and have a wide range of benefits. All forms support an active lifestyle, encourage focus and stillness, aid in weight loss, increase self-confidence levels, help tone muscles, and improve cardiovascular health. Most students at our Illinois martial arts school in Homewood hone in on hapkido or taekwondo