I grew up training at Thousand Waves, then left for school, travelled abroad, and have only recently returned to the area. Since being away from Chicago I have visited dozens of martial arts schools, from New York, to San Francisco, to South America, to the Middle East, and while I have liked many of the experiences I've had, I can honestly say that there is not a single one that comes close to providing what Thousand Waves provides to its students, families, participants, and community. It gave me self-confidence, physical and mental strength and agility, and a way to address violence without being overwhelmed by it, among many many other things. It has been a truly life-defining experience for me, and I am certainly not alone in this assessment. :)
I would definitely recommend this school to any parent or adult who is interested to sign up. My son started there and I have enjoyed how well the staff treats everyone that I have joined also and look forward to actually going to class and working out.
Aikido and Jiu Jitsu training at it's best on the south side of Chicago. Well grounded in tradition.