Welcome to Whitehead’s Martial Arts Academy

Serving the Kaukauna, WI area.

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Whitehead's Martial Arts Academy

200 E 2nd St Suite B
Kaukauna, WI 54130

(920) 858-7140

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Welcome to Whitehead’s Martial Arts Academy

Whitehead’s Martial Arts Academy is an independently owned and operated family facility devoted to bringing Martial Arts and Self Protection instruction to the community. Co-owner and Chief Instructor Rick Whitehead, is an 8th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and holds the title of Chief Master Instructor with the American Taekwondo Association, with 37 years of experience in the Martial Arts. Whitehead is also part of the international training staff for the Protech Department for the ATA, teaching Weapons seminars. Whitehead is a retired Police Officer, with the Evanston (IL) Police Department with 30 years of Law Enforcement experience. In addition to being one of the department’s Defensive Tactics Instructors, he served as a member of the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System Emergency Services Team, NIPAS/EST as an assaulter on the High Risk Warrant Team, and as a Sniper. Whitehead also holds certification with Krav Maga Worldwide under their Force department that trained Law Enforcement. Whitehead will be bringing community based training to his programs from Go2FirearmSafety.com and PPT G.E.A.R. that focuses on such subjects as College Bound Readiness, Every Day Carry, Home Invasion Defense, and Active Shooter Response. These seminars will be offered to the community, local businesses and schools. Our Taekwondo program is for ages 3 to Senior Citizen.

Our other Co-Owner and Executive Manager is Shari George. Ms. George, is wife to Whitehead, and also has years of experience as well as DAT Instructor with the Department of Corrections for the State of Wisconsin. George retired with 24 years of experience and holding numerous titles within the department to include supervisor, Center Director and Sgt. We look forward to sharing our passion for keeping people safe with the City of Kaukauana, and the surrounding communities. Our Krav Maga program is a self protection program designed for ages 14 to adult.

Professional and Friendly Staff

Welcome to Whitehead’s Martial Arts Academy where our team is professional and very helpful in wanting to provide your family with ways to be more fit and to be safer.

Fun Classes, Comfortable Learning Environment

With Chief Master Whitehead’s methods of teaching, students do have a lot of fun in classes, but they will always come away with something that is very useful. We offer classes from our ATA Tigers for ages 3-7 year olds., to our Karate for Kids program for ages 7 to 14 years of age. To our Martial arts for 14 and above. Our Krav Maga program is separate from our Taekwondo programs, and will focus on self protection training for our 14 year olds into adults.

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Martial Arts can make a positive change in your life!


Karate For Kids

Karate for Kids classes at Whitehead’s Martial Arts Academy, in Kaukauna, WI are a great way to instill integrity, courtesy and respect with children in the Kaukauna, WI community. Whitehead’s Martial Arts Academy Karate programs teach children of all ages the valuable life lessons of respect, self-discipline, self-control, and the ability to safely defend themselves when needed. The life skills and attributes create an enduring, impactful “Personal Victory” in Martial Arts for kids. The life skills taught by our professional instructors are instrumental in shaping confident, capable, and successful people in today’s society. Interaction with the community, starting at an early age, can be an enriching and pivotal experience for any person.

The Whitehead’s Martial Arts Academy serves the community with some of the best Karate classes in Kaukauna, WI. Karate for Kids is an with age appropriate curriculum featuring classes specifically aimed at the physical development and mental capabilities of children and adolescents in the family. By measuring the results of the individual student, and by establishing specific goals in the context of the curriculum at Whitehead’s Martial Arts Academy, Karate For Kids carries over to many other activities, studies, and pursuits in life, particularly for young students. Teaching the skill of dedication to completing an activity, setting and reaching goals, is an important part of the program designed by our instructors.

Together with others their own age, every Karate kid can grow with the self-confidence that a only a high quality Martial Arts program can deliver consistently. The course of self-improvement and leadership offered at Whitehead’s Martial Arts Academy can ultimately be a key turning point for kids in the family. It’s not hard to see the impact our Karate lessons have on young people – more confidence from within – derived from earning and winning a “Personal Victory” in the Martial Arts.

Krav Maga Training

Here at Whitehead’s Martial Arts Academy, our five-star Krav Maga classes are a serious way to stay in shape, sharpen focus, and learn to defend yourself with the practical concepts designed and defined for everyone from beginner to advanced levels. We have a top-level course curriculum and top-level instructors who lead a professional, fun, and motivating Martial Arts program you and your family members will love for years!

The skills taught at our unique Martial Arts and Krav Maga location in Kaukauna, WI are derived from such arts as Taekwondo, kickboxing, MMA, Krav Maga, Karate, and other popular competitive disciplines. Krav Maga is a great style to learn to develop focus, speed, and proper execution of self-defense and personal protection tactics. Self-defense can literally mean the difference between life and death in today’s unpredictable society. Having the ability to defend yourself with techniques and abilities you obtained training Whitehead’s Martial Arts Academy could be the most important goal you’ve ever set and met!

Training with our instructors at Whitehead’s Martial Arts Academy is a fantastic way to get into shape too. Martial Arts are used all over the world for sport, combat, and a terrific method of exercise. Krav Maga is great for improving your balance, endurance, and stamina as well. Our Martial Arts instructors make sure that you are always doing the techniques correctly in order to keep you and your practice partner safe from harm, while honing your ability to deploy them powerfully and reflexively. At Whitehead’s Martial Arts Academy, our instructors employ an industry-leading format that ensures a safe and healthy learning environment to guide students into proficiency as Martial Artists, role models, and leaders.

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Personal Protection & Firearm Safety Training

Whitehead’s Martial Arts Academy is the leading provider in Kaukauna, WI of personal protection courses that have been designed by PPT G.E.A.R.™ and Go2FrearmSafety.

Take Control Of Your Personal Safety! Be the safest person in your community. We provide a positive learning environment for all students no matter your ability level. Don’t be a victim. Take charge of your personal safety by enrolling in one of our courses today.

Here is a list of some our available courses:

  • Home Invasion Defense (HID®)
  • Urban Tactics & Defense (UTD®)
  • College Bound Readiness (CBR®)
  • Anti-Carjacking Vehicle Defense (ACVD®)
  • Threat Assessment Training (TAT®)
  • Active Shooter Response (ASR®)
  • Abduction & Kidnapping Defense (AKD®)
  • Every Day Carry Defense (EDCD®)

Learn to Use Firearms in a Safe, Controlled Environment

All of our courses are run by top-quality instructors using the latest methods in firearm safety training. All students will learn the proper way to handle and use a firearm in a structured and controlled environment. Many of our courses will utilize customized safe adaptive Go2FS air pistols as training aids. This offers a safe way to reinforce good habits when it comes to gun threats, retention and self-defense!

Attend one of the following courses:

  • Dry-Fire Courses (DFC)
  • Active Shooter Response (ASR)
  • Home Invasion Course (HIC)
  • Every Day Carry (EDC)
  • College Bound Readiness Training (CBR)