American Martial Arts Academy

Martial Arts for Kids and Adults in Naperville, IL

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A high-level Taekwondo competition team comprises exceptional athletes who aspire to become the best in their sport. These individuals set ambitious goals and continuously plan their training to improveand surpass their limits. They possess a relentless competitive spirit, always seeking opportunities to showcase their skills and outperform their opponents.

Self-control is a defining characteristic of these elite athletes. They exhibit discipline and focus, channeling their energy and executing precise techniques with unwavering composure. This self-control enables them to make split-second decisions and perform at their best under pressure.

To compete at such a high level, these athletes prioritize elite fitness. They undergo rigorous physical conditioning, strength training, and agility exercises to enhance their speed, power, and endurance. As a result, their bodies are finely tuned, enabling them to execute lightning-fast kicks and dynamic movements with remarkable precision.

In summary, a high-level Taekwondo competition team comprises athletes aspiring to become the best in their discipline.Through goal setting, a competitive spirit, self-control, and elite fitness, these individuals strive for excellence, consistently pushing the boundaries of their capabilities to achieve remarkable feats in their sport.




MDK Mission Statements

1. Practice high-performance Taekwondo under the spirit of traditional martial arts

2. Promote world-class Taekwondo athlete with passion, talent and work ethic

3. Produce excellent student-athletes in Taekwondo

Program Goal

1. The pursuit of high-performance Taekwondo in a safe environment and culture of respect

2. Building true life skills; character training and leadership skills through sport Taekwondo

3. Produce state, national and world champions in sport Taekwondo; poomsae and Kyrogi

MDK Highlights

  • AMAA competition program started in 2002.
  • AMAA sent 5 athletes to USTU nationals in 2003; four out five athletes won medals
  • Changed the team name to MDK in 2008; 
  • Started formal Poomsae team from 2012
  • Produced more than 100 + national medalist since 2003
  • Produced Cadet and Jr. National Team members(2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) 
  • Produced 7 Black Belts who qualified for AAU Team Trials 4 Cadets and 3 Seniors in 2023


Gigi Gil
2008, 2009 Jr. National Team
2008 Pam Am Gold
2011 Jr. National Team
2011 Parm Am Bronze

Eric Mastrolonardo
2011 USAT Jr. National – Gold
2017 National Collegiate Team

Katheryn Bell
2011 Jr. National Team
2011 PamAm Taekwondo Championship – Bronze
2012 Parm Am – Bronze

Brooke Castillo
2014 Cadet National Team (B)

Aiden Suarez
2015 AAU Cadet National Team

Marlon Arevalo
2018 AAU Junior National B Team(bantam)

Martin Lado
2017 USAT Cadet National Team (feather)
2017 AAU Cadet National Team (light)
2017 Pam Am Taekwondo Championship – Gold

Derrick Kwak Jr.
2014, 2016 USAT National Team
2014, 2015, 2019 AAU National Team
2014 US Open – Gold , 2016 German Open – Gold
2017 AAU & USAT Jr. National Team alternate
California United Taekwondo Association Team Coach (2008, 2009 and 2016)

Vishal Kattoju
2023 AAU Jr. National Team

Justin Ding
2024 AAU Jr. National Team (Alternate)


What people are saying about American Martial Arts Academy

Lauren Poon
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Highly recommend!!
AMAA is about more than martial arts. My son has been going here for 7 years and has learned so much ... respect, discipline, hard work and leadership skills. From Poomsae to sparring to demo team to Leadership club, they have it all. Every instructor that has taught my son has been awesome and the bond they create with the kids is pretty special.
James Michalek
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My son has been with this club for 3 years. They are very good with kids and have a great program. I can also personally say that they generally care about the kids and want to do what is best for your child.
Jordan Robinson
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I've been here for almost 7 years.
Sooyong Jeon
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I can't recommend this place enough!
Great school with amazing Instructors who care about their students. I would strongly recommend this school for your future training center.
Ana Campa
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We definitely recommend this location.
My husband and I absolutely love the atmosphere created by all the instructors and staff every single day.😊
James Peters
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When searching for my children a place to learn discipline, respect, and at the same time keep there attention at the young age of 4 & 6 yrs old. I was more than convinced after 3 weeks as a trial period. I recommend before anyone signs up to try the trial program and see just how much your children like it, or more in our case love it.
Its a family practice and one that we see growing in our lives as well. I have recently been attending two classes a week, for the last 7 weeks with my children and have lost over 30lbs. If you haven't signed up today, let them know that James said he sent you...ha ha...i have referred over 10 of my friends kids and they are so excited about bringing their children to AMAA. Most importantly, check out there after school program. I saved over $250.00 per month, better than any other day care centers and that included my daughters lessons as well.

American Martial Arts Academy

Although many people think the martial arts are just about fighting, the truth is that the physical “kicking and punching” are really just the tools that I use to teach the more important, and MUCH more valuable lessons about yourself.

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