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Below you will find reviews and testimonials from current and former True Balance Karate students and their parents in Downers Grove, IL.

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Doctor Januszyk

We have been members of this studio for years, and during this weird year want to make sure that we acknowledge and renew our support for TBK. We have two children that attend, each with different needs and goals, and both have thrived under their care. It is obvious that they truly care about each child and their family; you are not just another number! Highly recommend!

Lou Stastny

“Nice place very friendly and they take great patience with their students.”

Jordan Samuels

“TBK is my second home, and my favorite place to be. I started training here 8 years ago, along with my son. I had a background in martial arts from my youth, having done Tae Kwon Do for 10 years. I love the sense of community, leadership, and life skills that TBK offers. Over the years, my son and I came to class, made friends, and went to regional tournaments, which are part competition, part beautiful ceremony, and part large family reunion. I'm 52 and still going strong, and I'm going to test for my second degree black belt soon. I hope to be part of the TBK family forever.”

Kim Bywater

My children have been at TBK for 3 years. It is an outstanding place where the owners truly care about the students. My son can sometimes (a lot of the times) struggle with focus but he is never treated badly for it. During the pandemic TBK has gone above and beyond to continue to offer classes on Zoom. My kids are not only learning martial arts but becoming better human beings by being part of the TBK family.

Larry Todaro

TBK has been excellent for my kids. Master Helsdon and Master H and all the black belt instructors are wonderful with kids, and bring new activities each class to keep the experience fresh for the students. My kids are learning confidence, body control, respect, and discipline. There are lots of opportunities for small rewards like black belt attitude tapes that the kids love earning, and get motivated to earn. I highly recommend TBK!

Nathan Macht

I have recommended them to family, friends and will continue to do so. My son has improved in his discipline, self confidence and his help around our house. This is an amazing organization that is a community asset.


“This school has great physical activity options for both adults and seniors. No matter what your background in martial arts (if any), you'll find their approach founded in the best learning principles: comprehensive lesson planning, demonstration, repetition, feedback, patience, encouragement, and fun.”

Lani Nashi

I recently relocated to this area of Chicago and was looking to get back in to the study of martial arts. I had been searching for quite some time for the right studio. I had questions on transferring my previous experience in a different style, curriculum, testing requirements, etc. My questions were more than answered during a phone conference with one of the owners. Later on, my daughter joined TBK and loves every minute of it. They teach more than just karate - character development, discipline, humility, respect, customs, traditions, and history, all in a safe, supportive, non-aggressive family and training atmosphere. COVID-19 has also presented a host of challenges, all of which TBK overcame with originality and in compliance with the ever changing set of rules. Highly recommend!

Erin Gaynor

“True Balance has been a huge influence on my son’s life since he began Karate there 6 months ago. Not only do they teach Karate, they teach self confidence, leadership and important life skills. The instructors and staff are wonderful to work with. I would recommend this program to any parent looking for an active and engaging activity for their child.”

Jordan Jones

We love TBK! Teaching more than just karate...respect, discipline, importance of community, charity. 100% recommend.

Jim Seaton

“Our family has been going to True Balance Karate for a few years and it has been fantastic. The Masters Helsdon take pride in their studio and have created an environment filled with respect, compassion, dedication, and honor. All ages are welcome and the flexible class schedules make it easy to make karate a part of your life. This is a positive learning environment that turns people into leaders. The belt system allows everyone to learn at their own pace, and if you are looking to get into the competitive aspect, there are a couple of tournaments per year which are a good time. Seriously, you should come give it a try. It's a fun place with kind people that want to share their excitement about karate with you.”

Joe Altott

TBK is AMAZING!! They focus on all aspects of karate and life. I have seen massive improvements in my boys, as well as myself. Boys have shown improvements in their attitudes, self discipline, school work, most important self esteem and self confidence. Master Helsdon and Master H, as well as all the instructors are phenomenal! Really great with the kids. Excellent all year training and work out. We highly recommend TBK for your kids as well as the parents! Meet new people and can see what they have done for them. Great time and Great people. We love our karate family.