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Dragon Claw Academy

Kenwood, Illinois

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20 November 2019

Friends and a few random people highly recommended Dragon Claw so we decided to try - and are really happy we did! They teach more than just how to hit and kick; my kid is learning about proper nutrition, self-discipline and respect, community service. Our family loves it here! More...

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20 November 2019

A very good way to keep body in health while learning how to defense yourself with confidence.

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30 October 2019

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 5 Stars! My 10 year old daughter and I love Dragon Claw Academy! She is learning important life skills that can impact her positively while she trains in the Art of Kung Fu! I highly recommend Dragon Claw Academy to any parent considering martial arts training for their child. Shi fu Chen and the entire staff are exceptional! More...

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7 September 2019

You will find no other please that has as much passion in developing your child as a whole individual as you will find at Dragon Claw. They care equally as much about developing character as they do as physical skill. They bring intensity and fun each class. My boys leave with more confidence and excited for the next class. I couldn’t imagine a better experience. More...

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7 September 2019

DCA is an incredible place. Our daughter has learned such a vast array of skills. Some of them are Kung Fu forms and many are the personal kind of skills that she will use for the rest of her life. She is more patient, observant, kind, confident, and calm. She started in kindergarten when she was having a tough time listening and focusing in class. Now, at the start of 2nd grade, she is a focused and confident girl with the biggest loving and supportive group of people behind her! Shifu Chen, Maddie, Destiny, Mike, Iris... just to name a few, have shown her that she has the potential to achieve all of her goals and that she is an important part of the wonderful family at Dragon Claw. More...

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19 August 2019

We Feel blessed to be part of this academy.Shifu Aaron and the team are wonderful.My girl had started their class at the age of 4 and now she is 7. 5 .she loves her class every day and always excited to learn new stuff there .so highly recommend them More...

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23 July 2019

I can't speak highly enough about Dragon Claw Academy (DCA). You won't just learn kung-fu, you'll learn principles that will serve you (and others) well for the rest of your life. DCA starts as a school, but soon becomes like family. More...

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16 July 2019

We absolutely love Dragon Claw Academy, they are awesome!!! The teachers are great, extremely kid friendly environment, my daughter loves it, totally worth our time and effort!!!

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8 July 2019

My girls love attending! Strong and lasting connections with the kids.

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19 May 2019

My son has had a great time. A wonderful balance of play and discipline. The instructors were great and allowed the students to learn and have a good time. I would highly recommend.

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30 April 2019

Seems to be a great place for kids to learn a lot of wonderful things. You should check them out. My daughter who is 4 LOVES it and everyone there. Everything about Dragon Claw Academy is absolutely wonderful! You wouldn’t be disappointed. More...

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26 April 2019

I highly recommend DCA! Great staff and a positive,friendly environment. My son has joined and he absolutely loves it.

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26 April 2019

Amazing and personalized experience that has been transformative for our son!

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26 April 2019

We could take the kids to martial arts in our hometown but we travel back and forth to take them to Dragon Claw because we believe it is that much better than the average place. There is nothing average about Shifu, the instructors and what Dragon Claw believes in and instills in our children. We wouldn’t take them anywhere else. More...

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26 January 2019

Really love the Academy. All activities are done as a class. Aaron is very kind hearted; genuinely seems to love what he does, and is very attentive with his students. Would definitely recommend as a first class to anyone who wants to start learning a martial art, or looking to get a good workout. More...

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27 December 2018

My teenage daughter Emily is a member of the adult Kung Fu class. Aaron Chen and his instructors are wonderful! This Academy is a hidden treasure here in Champaign, and I recommend it without hesitation.

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9 December 2018

The teachers are awesome and very patient which is much needed for my kid lol

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27 November 2018

My kids have gained confidence, strength, coordination, and perseverance from their time at dragon claw. Founder Aaron Chen has found his calling!

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27 November 2018

The class and instructor are very refreshing! The workout can be intense at times but you are allowed to go at your own pace without feeling ashamed. I learned great techniques, met cool people, and was provided with insight as to how to enhance my weight loss outside of the academy. All in all, its worth the money and getting up early for! More...

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27 November 2018

This program helped my son's confidence and motor skills greatly. He loved going and learned so much in a short time.

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7 September 2018

My son, Lex, has amazed me 120% since joining your program. I as a father can not say wow enough

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30 August 2018

Best teachers. Best students. Loving, encouraging and supportive atmosphere!!!

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29 August 2018

The entire staff is very friendly and welcoming. I have watched my little one grow over the past month or so of attendance. They are doing great things at Dragon Claw Academy. More...

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7 April 2018

We love Dragon Claw Academy! Shifu Chen and his instructors make learning fun. They’re great with my ADHD kid and are exceptionally patient. We’ve been here for almost a year now, and my daughter has already grown so much. More...

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6 March 2018

The staff is amazing! I signed my 5 year old son up for The Little Dragon Program and everyone was very welcoming, friendly and helpful! My son really enjoyed it and I love the flexibility of the schedule! Overall a great experience and can't wait to go back! More...

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2 November 2017

Shifu Chen is an exceptional teacher who takes a personal interest in the growth of every one of his students - no small task. He meets each student at their current skill/confidence level, encouraging and challenging them to grow with his expert guidance. He has developed a robust kung fu curriculum and a very welcoming culture that brings out the best in people. My husband and I started as adult students at Dragon Claw Academy a year ago and we cannot think of a better place to grow in strength, skill, and confidence. More...

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2 October 2017

I came here to relax and exercise. I am a UIUC student, and when I come here, I get to release all the energy while exercising and being healthy. Love it!

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9 September 2017

We are happy with the teachings our son has received from Shifu Aaron. Dragon Claw has an excellent welcoming environment for everyone motivated to pursue a path in martial arts.

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14 July 2017

I came here with my camp kids and Shifu Chen was amazing with the kids! I had 19 kids and he remembered all their names within the first 5 minutes we were there and called them by name the whole time we where there. Shifu Chen is very patient with the kids and is an awesome teacher! Our kids had a lot of fun! More...

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24 June 2017

We love it here! My son is gaining confidence and humility. Shifu Chen is great with kids, combining focus and fun. The instructors for Little Dragons are awesome too! We are so glad we found this place! More...

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5 June 2017

Shifu Aaron Chen is a phenomenal and fun instructor that genuinely cares about each and every student. Shifu Chen is very knowledgable and teaches his style in a way that everyone can understand and replicate. I have taken many types of martial arts and I have never found an instructor like Shifu Chen. More...

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15 April 2017

I love this school for my child. They care about his whole self, he is a student of Kung Fu and not a dollar sign. I like that Master Chen gets and shows respect from the parents, and students, earns it as well as teaches it. He doesn't hold himself above them. I would recommend this school highly. More...

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30 March 2017

Such an amazing place to take your kids. Shi fu Chen is the best and truely has an amazing gift. He works so well with the kids. He has taught our son so much in such little time. So extremely happy that we enrolled our 4 year old son in his program! Recommend to all, you will not be disappointed! A++ More...

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17 March 2017

Excellent place to train, and Sifu Aaron is a great instructor!

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8 March 2017

The high energy and discipline is perfect to harness my growing 4 year old boys focus!

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28 February 2017

Dragon Claw Academy has been an amazing experience for our family. I had very different goals in mind for my kids: one of them needed to boost confidence and one of them needed a focused physical activity for his body and mind. Both have shown improvement and have been successful at DCA. Shifu Aaron values the individuals in his classes AND the communal experience that classmates provide for one another. Assistant teachers complement Shifu's teaching. Since a black sash kung fu master is a white belt novice who refused to quit, we'll happily be there for years. More...

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27 October 2016

This place is my second home. I take the adult classes and have been going for a few months now. Aaron is an awesome teacher and is always there to help! If you are an adult and thinking of taking some kung fu. Give it a shot! More...

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8 July 2016

The instructor is great with kids, even the difficult ones!

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21 April 2016

My 7 year old son has been going to DCA for 8 months now and it has been a great experience for him. Master Chen demands discipline, respect and hard work. However, unlike some other "big box" martial arts studios, Master Chen knows each of his students personally. His instruction takes into consideration individual strengths and weaknesses. He also knows what is developmentally appropriate for different ages and adjusts his instruction and expectations accordingly. More...

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16 April 2016

When we were looking for an activity for my son who's autistic and has very limited range of likes. I searched and stmbled upon DCA. Aaron and Aby are simply amazing. I was holding my breath when he had his first class will he like it? Will he even pay attention Or maybe turn around and say lets go home. I watched him and I was shocked I even started to tear up. My son was smiling and Master Shifu had his attention for the full hour. We are so blessed to have found DCA my son who had major issues with balance and coordination along with OT he met his goals and completed his main goal to learn to ride a bike in half of the time they thought. I cant thank you enough DCA More...

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9 April 2016

Aaron and the Dragon Claw family have become so important to us. Our daughter is building strength, coordination, and character thanks to her classes at Dragon Claw Academy. We are so proud of her growth as a Kung Fu artist. Aaron is simply brilliant with the kids. He expects a great deal from his students and they deliver. My daughter is motivated every week to continue her progress! This isn't always so with her other activities. DCA is special. I recommend it to everyone who has a little sprout interested in martial arts!! More...

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4 April 2016

We love Dragon Claw Academy. Our son has attended for almost 18 months. Shifu Chen is great with kids of all ages and is a skilled and patient instructor; he also is very funny and engaging. We are very happy and can't say enough good things. More...

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31 March 2016

Our grandson, Isaiah, started classes a couple of months ago. He loves it so much that he never wants to miss a class and can't wait to get out of the car to RUN to class. The instructors are very knowledgeable and great with kids. More...

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31 March 2016

We love dragon claw academy! They treat you like family and teach my son great morals as well as kung fu! I feel better knowing he can protect himself and has an outlet for all his energy. Also he has made great friends here! More...

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29 March 2016

My son Liam just loves Shifu Chen. It's amazing to see the energy and patience he has to teach his young student. Couldn't be more happy to be part of the DCA Family.

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29 March 2016

Our daughter has been going to Dragon Claw for more than two years (currently a brown belt) and we have been very impressed. She has learned amazing form, it has changed her strength, and she is empowered in a new way. Shifu Chen is a caring and funny instructor while also instilling character and maintaining expectations from his students. We may be moving and my husband says that Dragon Claw is one of the activities he will miss most for our children (and that says a lot living in a college town like Champaign-Urbana). More...

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28 March 2016

My son has been attending class for about three years. Shifu Chen is a super instructor. He has given my son more self confidence and pride as well as strength. Shifu