About

Master Rick Bjorkquist has been training in the Martial Arts since the age of 14. He has been training for 30 years and has been teaching for over 20. Rick earned his 6th Dan Masters rank in Kyuki-do Martial Arts in November 6, 2020. 

Over 35 years ago, I was a shy 14-year-old boy with a stutter. Fortunately, my parents allowed me to join a local Martial Arts school even though they were nervous about the “fighting” it entailed – something they soon came to realize was a radical misconception. As soon as I walked in to my first class, I felt something that I had never experienced before.

Acceptance.

It didn’t matter where I was from, what clothes I wore or even what my parents did for a living. All that mattered was that I was hungry to learn.

At that time, what is now considered ‘bullying’ was simply a rite of passage and, due to my differences, I bore the brunt of much of it. Before Martial Arts, I recall my home being the only safe space where I could escape my peers’ harassment, scrutiny and judgement. In today’s world, the effects of bullying are only heightened as children and teens are subjected to social media 24/7/365, often causing inescapable social anxiety. As more kids are building their self-esteem on the size of their social media following, they face uncertainty, lack of socialization, lack of organization and an almost impenetrable lack of connection. For many children, there is no longer a safe space into which they can retreat as the social scrutiny, now perfectly portable, follows them into the home.

As I made it into the middle ranks of my Martial Arts training, all the while creating friends who were outside the normal social structures of a teenager, I yearned to share this environment, community and culture with other families and their children who might be feeling like they don’t belong. I wanted to share the experience of an place where everyone is accepted as long as they want to train in the Martial Arts and grow into the person they were born to become. I eventually realized my goal and opened a family-owned, all-inclusive Martial Arts academy in the heart of Algonquin, Illinois where it doesn’t matter where you live, what you wear or the model of your cell phone. All that we focus on is building the drive to improve – one kick, strike or block at a time.

For the past 13 years, Kyuki-Do Martial Arts has been helping to shape children into confident, outgoing and ambitious young people. As kids walk through the door, unsure of what to expect, they are equipped with the necessary tools to build confidence through understanding, learning and a ‘yes I can’ attitude. It is this attitude that is the most powerful tool of the Martial Arts. Children are given small challenges in the beginning belt levels and as long as they try their best, they’re sure to be successful. As their belt level increases, their mental and physical challenges intensify. We focus on building their confidence and self-esteem through cycles of
challenges where they experience what success feels like and learn that failure is only ever temporary. As in most Martial Arts, the belt system helps children learn how to set short-term goals by striving to achieving the next belt, kick or new technique. In the same vein, it allows them to look to the future with the ultimate long-term goal of becoming a black belt, not only in the Academy but in life as a whole.

When you enroll your child into a program at Kyuki-Do Martial Arts, you can look forward to the following results:

  • A child who no longer doubts themselves and applies a ‘yes I can’ attitude to challenging situations
  • A child who is has a strong moral backbone and is able to stand up for what they believe in
  • A child with high self-esteem who exudes confidence and isn’t afraid to make eye contact when communicating
  • A child who verbalizes their expectations, needs and beliefs clearly
  • A child who puts their best effort into everything they do and knows that failure isn’t forever
  • An open and giving child who helps others for genuine reasons, not for what they might receive in return

 

You can connect with us by calling (224) 209-8991 to talk with our friendly staff who will walk you through our offering and advise you on any questions you might have.

You can also Click Here to see if Kyuki-Do Martial Arts is going to be a good fit for you and your family.

If you’ve been looking for a way to help your child learn how to stand tall as they face life’s challenges, build their physical and mental strength to look their fears in the eye without hesitation and develop a respectful and strong voice when sharing their beliefs and convictions then Kyuki-Do Martial Arts is the perfect place for your family!

Call us at (224) 209-8991 to start your journey today.

Master Christine Bjorkquist has been training in the Martial Arts since the age of 19. She has been training for over 32 years and teaching for 14 years. Christine is a retired McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy and earned her 6th Dan Masters rank in November 6, 2020.

Growing up, my home life was very chaotic as one of my parents was chronically ill and the other was unsupportive. My father was critical of everything I said or did and as a result, I lacked the confidence to openly give my opinion in a group. This left me feeling isolated and, perhaps worst of all, I was unable to say no to negative people and unhealthy peer pressure. I began making unhealthy life choices that were fast leading me down a dark path.

I was introduced to the idea of Martial Arts by a co-worker when I was 19. From the very first class, I was hooked and never looked back. Signing up for the class was the first thing I did to prioritize myself and my wellbeing and it ended up being the best decision I ever made.

Through the Martial Arts, I started to find my own voice and slowly built the foundation of confidence I needed to excel in life. I finally felt accepted for who I am and found the much-needed structure that I was, unfortunately, lacking at home.

As I progressed in the Martial Arts, I enjoyed many accomplishments, eventually earning Black Belts in several styles. This led me to pursue a career in law enforcement, taking a position at the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department as a Patrol Officer and Canine Handler. After retiring the K-9, I began teaching defensive tactics to our Patrol division, Correctional Department and Courthouse Security Officers.

During my time in law enforcement, I regularly encountered families whom I knew could benefit from the Martial Arts. I saw children who were in desperate need of the structure, confidence and unconditional support that Martial Arts offers. However, I was limited by the law enforcement arena, which emphasized the message that a personal approach was unprofessional, so I was not able to offer these insights to the people whom I knew needed it most.

As a police officer, I knew that attempting to make changes once children were already in trouble with the law was a difficult task and I realized that what many of them were lacking was a role model who could guide them through life’s challenges.

Although I was successful in my career, I felt as if there was something missing and I yearned to get back into the positive, healthy space that Martial Arts had offered me – a place in which I could flourish both physically and mentally.

Upon making the decision to return to Martial Arts, I met Rick, who eventually became my husband. Together, we established a Martial Arts Academy, where we have the ability to be proactive in providing an environment for children where they can enjoy the benefits of the practice and flourish in their daily lives before they begin to turn to unhealthy habits and make bad decisions that might determine the rest of their lives.

For 13 years, Kyuki-Do Martial Arts has been providing children with an environment in which they can learn to stand tall, make eye contact and believe in themselves through the power of Martial Arts.

We provide a range of programs of different complexities and challenge-levels in order for them to build rapport and develop social skills while learning how to remain disciplined and enjoy their successes. Through the practice, we build strong, young leaders who are capable of establishing genuine connections with others and making a meaningful impact in their communities.

As children progress through the belt levels, they are challenged at their own pace so as to build stamina and healthy coping mechanisms for instances of failure and hardship, which they are sure to face in some form throughout their lives.

When you enroll your child into a program at Kyuki-Do Martial Arts, you can look forward to the following results:

  • A child who no longer doubts themselves and applies a ‘yes I can’ attitude to challenging situations
  • A child who is has a strong moral backbone and is able to stand up for what they believe in
  • A child with high self-esteem who exudes confidence and isn’t afraid to make eye contact when communicating
  • A child who verbalizes their expectations, needs and beliefs clearly
  • A child who puts their best effort into everything they do and knows that failure isn’t forever
  • An open and giving child who helps others for genuine reasons, not for what they might receive in return

 

You can connect with us by calling (224) 209-8991 to talk with our friendly staff who will walk you through our offering and advise you on any questions you might have.

You can also Click Here to see if Kyuki-Do Martial Arts is going to be a good fit for you and your family.

If you’ve been looking for a way to help your child learn how to stand tall as they face life’s challenges, build their physical and mental strength to look their fears in the eye without hesitation and develop a respectful and strong voice when sharing their beliefs and convictions then Kyuki-Do Martial Arts is the perfect place for your family!

Call us at (224) 209-8991 to start your journey today.

Nick Riedl

Master Nick Riedl my journey in Kyuki-Do Martial Arts began at a young age. When I was just four years old, my parents introduced me to the world of martial arts. They recognized the incredible benefits it could offer, not only for physical fitness but also for confidence, self-esteem, and discipline, as well as having a fun activity to participate in. It was through their guidance and support that I discovered my passion for martial arts, and it has been an integral part of my life ever since.

Starting at such a young age has helped me to understand the importance of providing children with a strong foundation for growth and success. Martial arts offers a multitude of benefits for kids that extend far beyond physical exercise. It instills discipline, respect, focus, and self-confidence, helping children develop essential life skills that will serve them well in all areas of life. Through structured training, they learn the value of perseverance, goal setting, and teamwork, fostering a sense of achievement and a positive mindset.

Beyond that, I feel that Kyuki-Do has helped me personally to greatly improve my public speaking skills. As a child, I was naturally shy and reserved, and interacting with others and speaking in public were daunting tasks for me. However, martial arts became a transformative tool in my life, helping me overcome these challenges and develop strong communication skills, such as the ability to stand tall, make eye contact, and using a clear voice, whether speaking with someone one on one, or speaking in front of a large group.

For the past 13 years, Kyuki-Do Martial Arts has been helping to shape children into confident, outgoing and ambitious young people. As kids walk through the door, unsure of what to expect, they are equipped with the necessary tools to build confidence through understanding, learning and a ‘yes I can’ attitude.

In my opinion, it is this attitude that is the most powerful tool of the Martial Arts. Many children, and adults as well, naturally have an attitude of “I don’t wanna!” or “I can’t do it!” By fostering self-belief, perseverance, and a positive mindset we aim to help our children instinctively believe that they can overcome any challenge. Through goal setting, students learn to break down challenges into achievable milestones and develop mental and emotional resilience. The supportive environment, combined with self-defense skills and improved self-confidence, empowers individuals to embrace challenges, believe in their abilities, and develop the “YES I CAN” attitude.

When you enroll your child into a program at Kyuki-Do Martial Arts, you can look forward to the following results:

• A child who no longer doubts themselves and applies a ‘yes I can’ attitude to challenging situations
• A child who is has a strong moral backbone and is able to stand up for what they believe in
• A child with high self-esteem who exudes confidence and isn’t afraid to make eye contact when communicating
• A child who verbalizes their expectations, needs and beliefs clearly
• A child who puts their best effort into everything they do and knows that failure isn’t forever
• An open and giving child who helps others for genuine reasons, not for what they might receive in return

You can connect with us by calling (224) 209-8991 to talk with our friendly staff who will walk you through our offering and advise you on any questions you might have.

You can also Click Here to see if Kyuki-Do Martial Arts is going to be a good fit for you and your family.

If you’ve been looking for a way to help your child learn how to stand tall as they face life’s challenges, build their physical and mental strength to look their fears in the eye without hesitation and develop a respectful and strong voice when sharing their beliefs and convictions then Kyuki-Do Martial Arts is the perfect place for your family!

Call us at (224) 209-8991 to start your journey today.

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