Adapted Seido Karate (ASK)

Thousand Waves recognizes that people with disabilities experience violence at highly elevated rates and that youth are among the most frequent targets of bullying. We felt it was very important to respond to this situation by creating an ongoing program to serve young people with disabilities. Fortunately, we were able to create a partnership with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), the Midwest’s premier medical facility addressing the needs of individuals with physical challenges.

By combining the strengths and resources of our two organizations, we’ve been able to create a highly successful Adapted Seido Karate Program within the Caring for Kids sport and recreation program at RIC. The program is coordinated by Sensei Rebecca Angevine and Senpai Denise Coleman, assisted by a dedicated team of adult and teen volunteers who provide hands-on, individual assistance to help every student succeed.

Since its inception in 2006, hundreds of children have taken part in the classes, learning both physical and verbal self-defense strategies while building strength, self-confidence and having fun. When students complete the requirements to earn their next rank in Seido Karate, they are tested and receive their coveted belts in empowering public ceremonies.

Classes are open to: Children with a physical disability between the ages of 5 and 17.


The Drucker Center, 1535 N. Dayton, Chicago
(just south of the North / Clybourn intersection)


Sundays, from 1 to 2:30 pm; Enrollment is for a 5-Week Session


There is no fee for the classes, however there is a required deposit of $30 to reserve your child’s spot in the program. If he/she attends the minimum 3 classes out of the 5 classes in the session, your deposit will be returned to you.

For information about how to enroll a child, contact:

Meghan Kapolnek, Caring for Kids Coordinator

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 312-238-5005