At MBD Martial Arts Academy we teach traditional karate as well as realistic self defense - no matter what your starting level is you'll benefit from moving your body in fun new ways, leaing amazing life saving skills, and becoming part of a close knit martial arts community!

Dynamic class offerings keep you and your family safe no matter what! Krav maga will teach you how to use your entire body in real-life situations and in real street clothes. Women and families absolutely love our classes since we have a welcoming environment and expert instructors ready to get you in the best shape of your life!

Adult men and women learn how to stay safe, and kids become virtually bully-proof! Some of our most popular classes include:

  • Little Dragons - ages 4 - 6
  • Youth Karate - ages 7 and Up
  • Adults Krav Maga
  • Women Only Krav Maga

The variety of classes we offer brings a unique twist to your fitness routine and offers something for everyone. Use our classes as a highly effective training tool for personal defense, a stellar boost to weight loss and fitness gains, or as a stand-alone martial art - adding depth and precision to your mixed martial arts training. As you develop positive, healthy lifestyle changes, and put your heart in to training, you'll get better than you ever thought possible. And we'll be there cheering you on the entire time!

Epic results in just two short weeks! You'll build confidence through striking drills, lightning fast kicking workouts rooted in traditional martial arts moves, and a huge boost in your ability to focus! Students accomplish goals and make tons of new friends too.

Some other added benefits both our kids and adult members experience are:

  • Boosted Self-Esteem
  • Body Confidence
  • Better Teamwork & Goal Setting Skills
  • Outrageous Core Strength & Hip Mobility
  • Improvements in Stress Reduction

Keep your body guessing as you shock your system in fun training drills that will leave you dripping with sweat and begging for the next class! Whether you want to seriously dedicate your time to becoming an amazing martial artists or simply want to get fitter fast - the key is that our instructors work with YOU and not for their own personal goals.

For more details on our unique ways to squash fears, have the most fun you've EVER had working out, and get you into that "can do" mind-set just visit our classes page. The "Classes" link in the menu above is where we break down what it is we do in each class and where you can find that super low web-special going on too! Wouldn't want you to miss out.

Our owners and head instructors bios are below so you can get a feel for the leadership at MBD Martial Arts Academy. Looking forward to training with you soon!

Meet Michelle DeLaRosa
Owner at Mind - Body - Defense Martial Arts in Des Plaines, IL
4th Degree Black Belt

Michelle DeLaRosa has over 25 years experience in teaching children ages 3 and up. She holds a 4th degree black belt in Okinawan Shorei Goyu Ryu Karate, a 1st degree black belt in Pankration, is a Certified Level 2 Krav Maga Instructor through Alpha Krav Maga International as well as a Certified Women's Self-Defense and Rape Prevention Instructor.

Ms. DeLaRosa is also the leading certified Girls on Guard Instructor for Defend University Midwest Region and is a 1st Place champion in fighting, forms, and weapons in the Midwest Circuit.

In addition, she is the founder and creator of:Karate Mom C.A.R.E.S. - Child Safety & Self-Defense ProgramThe Mobile Dojo - On-Site After School Programs Cardio Kwik Box - 30 Minute Fitness

Check out some of the amazing organizations she is currently a member of:

  • Alpha Krav Maga International
  • USA National Karate-Do Federation
  • International Martial Arts Council of America (IMAC)
  • American Women's Self-Defense Association (AWSDA)
  • National Women's Martial Arts Federation (NWMAF)
  • International Combatives Self-Defense Association (ICSDA)
  • Martial Arts Teachers Association (MATA)
  • Martial Artists Against Bullying (MAAB)

Meet Ben DeLaRosa
Owner at Mind - Body - Defense Martial Arts in Des Plaines, IL
4th Degree Black Belt

Ben DeLaRosa has more than 20 years of teaching experience and holds several martial arts rankings, including: a 4th degree black belt in Okinawan Shorei Goyu Ryu Karate, a 1st degree black belt in Pankration, and a Level 3 Certification as a Krav Maga Instructor certified by Alpha Krav Maga International.

Mr. DeLaRosa is a highly experienced muay thai ground fighter and fighting instructor. He has been coaching and acting as cornerman to several successful cage fighters, is a certified referee, and a judge for Shin Kakutogi Sport Fighting Alliance.

Check out some additional organizations he is currently a member of as well:

  • United States Muay Thai Association
  • Thai Boxing Association of the USA
  • USA Federation of Pankration Athlima
  • United States Combat Grappling Alliance
  • Member - International Combatives Self-Defense Association (ICSDA)
  • Member - Martial ARts Teachers Association (MATA)
  • Member - Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA)

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How to Get Started

Come join our Des Plaines, IL facility! We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Krav Maga, Summer Camp, and Birthday Parties . Choose a program that most interests you and take the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (847) 297-2788 if you have any further questions. We hope to speak with you soon!