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Grubers Karate

Self-Defense, Discipline, Enhance Fitness, Lose Weight, Strengthen Confidence & More Using Martial Arts

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Why Train With Gurnee's Top Rated School? 

  1. To strengthen self-control, alertness, attention, and respect.
  2. To boost your self-abilities, balance, coordination, self-esteem, and courage.
  3. To improve your ability to establish objectives, exercise, fine-tune your timing and attention.
  4. We're dedicated to your child's growth! So Much FUN! While Teaching Respect, Discipline, & Focus. Classes Held Inside At Annunciation Of Our Lady - 5725 Stearns School Rd - Gurnee, IL 60031
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We Are The Right Martial Arts / Self Defense Training For You

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Okinawan Karate

Okinawan Karate is a balance of hand and leg techniques suitable for all ages and abilities, distinct in teaching  Martial Arts / Self Defense while training students

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No Contracts - No Fees For Testing Or Registration 

More than a school; We are a small family business that cares about the students, enjoys socializing, a family with a support system. All belts must be earned rather than given.

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Safe - Fun - Empowering

We strongly acknowledge martial arts can be enjoyed by all ages, genders, and experience levels. It teaches self-confidence, mental discipline, and focus. The majority of the karate experts do better in school, sports, and careers.

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What Exactly Is

  1. Isshin Shorinji Ryu Is the karate style taught at Grubers Karate. 
  2. Its origins can be traced back to Okinawa. The literal translation is:

  3. Is = One;  Shin = Spirit;  Shorin = Little Forest;  Ji = Temple;  Ryu = School

  4. Therefore, the complete thought reads as follows: Those of One Spirit who follow the way of the men of the Shaolin Temple.

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Client Testimonials

Satisfied Clients Give Us The Highest Ratings For Martial Arts Instruction In Gurnee, IL 

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Sharon A.

"If you worry about your children's safety in the day of much uncertainty and chaos, let Sensei teach them to defend themselves, and learn some life skills and respect at the same time. "

Lara M.

"Amazing Karate classes and teachings from Carl! Highly recommend for anyone wanting to get into the world of Martial Arts!"

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Stephan L.

"Sensei Carl comes from a long line of outstanding karate masters and instructors. He has a passion for his students and makes them earn every stripe, every belt. His art is pure and you will be a better person with him as your sensei (teacher)."

Samir S.

"Carl is great with Kids. He teaches them very important life lessons like Patience, Integrity and many more... I strongly recommend him."

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About Our Dojo

Sensei Gruber

  • In January 2000, Sensei Gruber received his first-degree black belt in Isshin ShorinJi Ryu from Chirico’s School of Karate.

  • He is currently a 6th Degree (Roku Dan) blackbelt.
  • Sensei Gruber has been in karate for over 30 years.

  • He continues to teach the Isshin ShorinJi Ryu as taught to him by Grandmaster Chirico.

  • For him, Karate is more than a sport, and it is an art form that tests mental perseverance, determination, and patience.

  • Sensei Gruber carefully teaches these important lessons to his students.
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Grubers Karate - Gurnee, IL

Grubers Karate instruction started in 2021 and has become a respected Martial Arts instruction school. This recognition was obtained by a positive attitude, discipline, and respect, not only towards others but for upcoming generations.

Under Grandmaster Chirico’s tutelage, Sensei Gruber realized that having a speech impairment would not prevent him from achieving his own goals. Martial arts helped him in this long journey.

He acquired self-esteem and confidence when he learned that his speech handicap would not prevent him from being himself.

He has achieved so much over time as a teacher, he is eager to share his expertise with his students to help them progress in their lives.

He taught Martial Arts for many years at his Grandmaster Chirico's school and decided to open his own Karate school, living the dream of having the best school in the country.

If you’re looking for an an established & experienced Karate instructor that’s truly invested in teaching self discipline & success, please call us today at (224) 347-6655 to learn how we can help. 

Classes Held Inside At Annunciation Of Our Lady - 5725 Stearns School Rd - Gurnee, IL 60031

Frequently Asked Questions


If you have any requests during the week, you can easily reach us by emailing us at or calling us at (224)-347-6655. We will promptly respond to you.


Each student will get an orientation booklet, grade-level papers for their home practice, access to videos of Sensei Gruber to help them practice at home and access to Blackbelts and higher-belted students


The class generally lasts for 1 hour,  we do stretching and warming up, proceed into the workout portion of the course. Depending on experience, you will be  learning the basics or learning various techniques, requirements, or practicing under black belt supervision.

Easy To Find & Convenient Hours

Daily Hours:

CLOSED      Mon - Tues - Thurs - Sat - Sun

OPEN   Wednesday  
6:15 - 7:15 PM   
Age 7 - 12 
7:30 - 8:30 PM  Age 13 - 55+

OPEN   FRIDAY            
6:15 -7:15PM    Age 7 - 12                                          
7:30 - 8:30PM    Age 13 - 55+ 

Private Lessons are upon requests for both karate and self-defense classes. Please try to arrive at least 15 minutes early.

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