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S.A.M.A. Karate Of DeKalb

Learn discipline, focus, self-confidence, coordination, fitness, self-defense and more through the study of karate. Classes are taught by Sensei Shannon Marbutt and his assistants. Belt, tests, uniforms, and other equipment are available at reasonable fees payable to the instructor. Voted "The Best" Martial Arts programs in 2022 DeKalb County's Finest, as part of the Daily Chronicle Reader's Choice Awards.

Save the date and pre-register for our FREE KARATE TRIALS on August 3, October 5, November 9, and December 19! 

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Session 1: September 12 - October 5
Session 2: October 17 - November 9
Session 3: November 21 - December 19, No Class 11/23/23

Beginner Kids- White Belt (Ages 5-6): 5:00-5:30 pm
Beginner Kids - White & Orange Belts (Ages 7-13) 5:30-6:30 pm

Intermediate & Advanced Kids (Ages 5-13; yellow belt and higher): 6:30-7:30 pm

Haish Gymasium, Large Gym

Beginner Kids- White Belt
$29 R/ $36 NR per session

Beginner Kids- White & Orange Belts
$48 R/ $60 NR per session

Intermediate & Advanced Kids
$48 R/ $60 NR per session

Check out our Teen/Adult Karate here!

NEW! Let's Make a Mess

(Ages 5-10)

Let's get messy! We bring the fun and clean up the mess! Each session will include a project that your child can bring home. We encourage kids to wear clothes they can get dirty.


Session 1: September 9 - Paint
Session 2: September 16 - Glue

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sports & Recreation Center, Art Room
$13 R/ $16 NR per session

Kids Pizza and Paint Nights

(Ages 6-13)

Join us for a fun night of painting and pizza! Artists of all abilities will be guided through a step-by-step canvas painting that you will bring home. Celebrate your masterpieces with pizza and sparkling juice! Register for a single night or create new paintings during all upcoming events. Generously Sponsored by Papa Johns' Pizza of DeKalb. 


September 14- Fall Fox
October 19- Paint on Mini Pumpkins
*Friday, November 17- Snail
December 14- Holiday Llama

5:30-7:00 pm
Sports and Recreation Center, Art Room
$27 R/ $34 NR per session date

NEW! Tie Dye

(Ages 12-18)

Learn tie-dying techniques and try them out on your very own original creations. Please bring a white t-shirt in your size. Other items will be provided.

Wednesday, October 11
5:30-6:30 pm
Sports & Recreation Center, Art Room
$12 R/ $15 NR per session date

NEW! Wreck this Journal

(Ages 12-18)

No need to keep this journal nice. We'll be making our own journals specifically to "wreck" them! Take it home at the end of the session to journal your own personal touches.

Wednesday, October 18
5:30-6:30 pm
Sports & Recreation Center, Art Room
$12 R/ $15 NR

NEW! Bad Art Show

(Ages 7 - 14)

Are you artistic? For this session, it doesn't matter! The worse at art you are, the better! We'll spend the session creating the worst piece of art you can produce. At the end, there will be a short gallery show to view the creations.

Wednesday, November 15
5:30-6:30 pm
Sports & Recreation Center, Art Room
$15 R/ $19 NR

NEW! Cheer Clinic

(Ages 5-15)

Come learn how to jump, stunt and do basic tumbling with our experienced cheer coaches at our 1-day cheer camps! All skill levels are welcome. Beginners will learn new skills and returning cheerleaders can perfect their skills.

TBD! More details coming soon

(Ages 5-9) 8:30-10:30 am
(Ages 10-15) 10:35 am - 12:35 pm
Haish Gymnasium, Large Gym
$35 R/ $44 NR per session

Horseback Riding Lessons

(Ages 6+)

Would you like a horse experience but don't know where to start? Willow Creek Farm is your go-to whether you're a beginning rider, or looking to get back in the saddle after some time off. Specializing in English and Western instruction, we have horses for every part of your riding career. Lessons will include detailed explanation of grooming practice, correct tack-up routine, riding skills, and more! Participants should wear long pants and shoes with no more than a 1" heel.

Semi-Private Lessons: 60 minutes each 

Willow Creek Farm, 10340 IL Rt 64, Sycamore, IL
1 Lesson: $64 R/ $80 NR 
4 Lessons: $260 R/ $313 NR

Sewing Class Series

Join our fun new sewing club class series! Don't have access to sewing supplies? Or do you have sewing supplies you'd like to donate to the DeKalb Park District? Contact us!

NEW! Beginning Sewing: Sew a Circle Skirt

(Ages 10-18)

Students will learn to measure themselves and cut out pattern pieces to sew their own circle skirt. You will piece together the skirt, sew on the waistband, and add elastic. Choose from a variety of colorful colors. You can choose to bring a sewing machine or hand sew this project. 

Thursdays, September 21 - October 12

5:00-6:30 pm

Sports and Recreation Center, Art Room

$38 R/ $47 NR 

NEW! Beginning Sewing: Upcycled T-Shirt Bags

(Ages 8-18)

Is your favorite t-shirt too small? Upcycle it into a new bag! You can bring a sewing machine or hand sew this project. You will learn how to piece together different fabrics to make this bag. All you need to do is bring your favorite shirt to cut up. (Additional fabrics available).

Thursdays, November 2 - 16

5:00-6:30 pm
Sports and Recreation Center, Art Room

$29 R/ $36 NR 

NEW! Adventure Workshop

(Ages 6-12)

Embark on an outdoor journey where your child will enjoy wonders of nature and learn skills and principles of Leave No Trace. Offered in collaboration with Kish Kids Outside.

Monday, October 9 (Day Off School for District 428)

10:00 am -12:00 pm

Lions Park, 700 W. Taylor Street
$14 R/ $17 NR

NEW! Little Med School: Dogs

(Ages 4-11)

After "adopting" their very own plush puppy, students will role-play the key responsibilities of a veterinarian, including how to properly perform a nose-to-tail exam. These future veterinarians will learn to sew stitches, remove ticks, make healthy treats, and vaccinate their dog. 

Mondays, October 2 - November 13, No Class on 10/09/23
(Ages 4-5) 3:00 - 4:00 pm
(Ages 6 - 11) 4:15 - 5:15 pm
Sports & Recreation Center, Conference Room
$174 R/ $217 NR

NEW! Math Facts

(Ages 5-10)

If you need a little help remembering your math facts, this class is for you! Learn techniques to help remember basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts while having fun!

Saturday, October 7 & 14
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sports & Recreation Center, Art Room

$17 R/ $21 NR

NEW! Chocolate Dipping

(Ages 6-18)

Learn the basics of dipping different desserts to create your own holiday confections. Dipped desserts will be taken home at the end of the session.

Saturday, December 2
(Ages 6 - 10) 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
(Ages 11 - 18) 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Sports & Recreation Center, Art Room
$19 R/ $24 NR