about our martial arts school


Message from Our Director


Welcome to American Martial Arts Academy in Naperville.

American Martial Arts Academy (AMAA) provides a positive and disciplined culture and environment where you and your children can grow with physical, mental, and spiritual strength as well as become a respected person.

In the 21st century, we have a new paradigm in martial arts practice. Traditionally, every style of martial arts started with one objective: self-defense. It was more physical self-defense against animal or enemy’s attack in a society that was not yet civilized.
In modern society, however, the definition of self-defense is slightly different from the traditional:

First is the Prevention of self defense, which became much more important nowadays.  American Martial Arts Academy provides classes that involve philosophy—loyalty, respect, self-control, responsibility, and humility—in order for students to grow to their full potential.

If you are faithful, respectful, responsible, humble
and disciplined, who will not want to recruit you?
Who will not want to work with you?
Who would not want to work for you?
You will always attract people who are like you.
We naturally win when we surround ourselves
with good people.
-Derrick Kwak, CEO of AMAA

Second, to gain confidence through physical training is one of the most prominent self-defense strategies that AMAA’s programs provide. Traditionally, winning meant survival and losing meant a critical loss. In the modern day, however, we do not have to deal with all these win-or-lose situation. Therefore, our children can sometimes become more timid and less confident. AMAA teaches and provides an educationally well-designed curriculum to learn physical skills so that our children, and even adults, can have a sense of achievement and “I can do it” attitude that will enable them to have a lifelong confidence so that they may overcome any obstacle in life.

Third, AMAA provides leadership lessons for you to have a sense of how to become a good leader.  Physical training without philosophy can sometimes pose critical problems. We have seen it a lot from TV, especially, on sports channels. Sports Stars become popular, but a lot of them get into trouble. I believe that this is because they lack the philosophical education along with their training. AMAA training provides meaningful and philosophical training while students are having fun during classes.

Furthermore, those philosophies that you learn from the classes will build up you and your children’s leadership. Leadership is defined as: the ability to influence others. Our curriculum has been designed to produce good, positive, and disciplined leaders who can be looked up to by everyone so that we, as martial arts practitioners, can contribute to our families and society, and give a positive influence on other people to become better citizens.

Thank you

Chang Hyun An
Director of AMAA Naperville