According to the park district’s karate coach John DiPasquale, the benefits reach into every aspect to life. As the founder and director of Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs, and a four time national champion and former United States Team Coach, DiPasquale is well qualified to teach and talk about the benefits of the sport in which he holds a sixth-degree black belt.
The ISKC was established in 1978 and serves over 70 park districts for students, ages five years to adult, in park district and community center programs throughout Metropolitan Chicago. Well trained instructors, utilizing the principles of the American Coaching Effectiveness Program (ACEP), developed at the University of Illinois , teach ISKC classes.
Of the ISKC students who have elected to compete, many have come home with multiple medals and national ranking in major tournaments.