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
4 Reasons Why Martial Arts Is Perfect for Adults!
Tired of the traditional gym setting? Have you had enough of barbells and treadmills? Martial arts presents an alternative workout that strengths the body, sharpens the mind and contributes to overall wellness. Here are 4 ways that a martial arts training session can boost your workout regimen: Weight Management: With every high-powered kick and punch, › Read more
School’s (Almost) Out – Kick Off Your Summer With Us!
If school isn’t already out, the sweet promise of summer vacation is right around the corner. As students everywhere prepare for fun in the sun, parents are on the lookout for fulfilling youth programs. Looking for an option beyond the traditional soccer camp and baseball league? Here are 3 reasons to consider martial arts classes as › Read more
3 Ways to Prepare for Martial Arts Testing
The day has come. After weeks of training and renewing your mind with positive, focused thoughts, the challenge of your first martial arts testing session awaits. Perhaps you’re energized by the possibility of advancing to a new rank. Maybe you’re impartial – welcoming the testing experience as an opportunity for fun and learning. Or, are › 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
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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?
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