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Dragon Martial Arts & Fitness Center

Dragon Martial Arts & Fitness Center is a place for people of all ages to get in shape while developing self-confidence and self-defense skills through martial arts.

Dragon Martial Arts is one of the few schools in Chicago offering Eskrima-Kali-Arnis (Filipino stick fighting DOCE PARES) along with a full spectrum of martial arts and fitness classes including Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), hand-to-hand combat, self-defense and personal training. We also offer security training for law-enforcement professionals.

Head Master Ron Mariano is a 5th degree black belt and specialist in many forms of martial arts. He began his career as a self-defense specialist in the Philippine Army. He served for 15 years and was a member of the Philippine Army Special Forces. He obtained the rank of Technical Sergeant (TSGT). While in the military he taught hand-to-hand combat for 10 years. He has been teaching different kinds of martial arts and self-defense styles for 23 years including Judo, Karate, Kick-boxing, Tae Kwon Do, Eskrima Kali -Arnis (DOCE PARES), Mixed Martial Arts, and hand-to-hand combat.

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Dragon Martial Arts & Fitness Center location Map
4715 West Lawrence Avenue
Chicago, IL 60630
United States
Phone: 773-706-9958

Martial Art Styles

The following Martial Arts Styles are offered at Dragon Martial Arts & Fitness Center:

  • Arnis/Kali/Escrima/FMA
  • Kick Boxing
  • Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

Programs & Class Schedule

Classes are offered Monday through Saturday. Please visit for a full schedule.

There are programs for both adults ( and children (

As well as for law enforcement professionals (

(10 years old and up)
Eskrima (also known as Arnis and Kali) is a weapons based martial art which comes from the Philippines. It is the national sport of the Philippines,and has a very long history of combat effectiveness. Only recently has this art become more conspicuous in many countries and enjoyed the popularity of other more traditional Asian arts. Its difference from other martial arts is that the student is taught to train with weapons from the very start, rather than starting on empty hands training (like many martial arts do). Dragon Martial Arts instructors are certified by the World Eskrima-Kali-Arnis Federation along with local organizations.

Eskrima classes are held Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Learn more:

Tae Kwon Do
“Taekwondo is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts, that teaches more than physical fighting skills. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training our body and mind. Today, it has become a global sport that has gained an international reputation, and stands among the official games in the Olympics.” – World Tae Kwon Do Federation

Classes at DMFC are divided by age group.

Little Dragons (4-8 years old)
Kids and Teens (9-15 years old)
Adults (16 years old and up)
Mixed Class (5-10 years old)
Advanced Class (11 years old and up)

Learn more about how Tae Kwon Do benefits children and adults.

Little Dragons and Kids and Teens classes are held Monday through Friday.

Adult TKD classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Mixed and Advanced classes are held on Saturdays.

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(16 years old and up)

Cardio kickboxing classes focus on enhancing the cardiovascular system of its participants. On a literal level they are martial arts: boxing, kicking, fighting combos formatted in high intensity drills that keep the heart rate up, allowing little rest. Each one of these classes includes several rounds of punching and kickboxing classkicking intervals. Kickboxing is a great way to stay in shape while learning self-defense skills.

Kickboxing classes are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:15pm to 9:15pm. Learn more:

Dragon Martial Arts also offer classes in:

Mixed Martial Arts:
Self Defense:

Tuition costs are reasonably priced and there are discounts for multiple students, families and students who choose to pay in advance. Please email or call 773-706-9958 for more details.

Please visit our website to learn more about the school and to sign up for a free trial class.

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