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Yi's Martial Arts Fitness Academy in Wood River

Where Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem and Leadership Skills are Developed

Martial Arts for Kids

martial arts for kids

Our exciting martial arts program for kids can develop your child’s focus, self-esteem, self-confidence, and overall sense of purpose the way NO OTHER sport, hobby, “activity,” or program can.

HUNDREDS of parents and families in the Wood River area are singing the praises of our children’s program, and telling other parents about it every day, because they’ve seen it for themselves, too.

Martial Arts for Adults

martial arts for adults

Our unique martial arts program for adults is the best way in the Wood River area to lose weight and get in shape because every movement has a purpose – a self-defense purpose that might one day save your life! 

Students from 18 to 80 also tell us they use the benefits of improved concentration, self-discipline, and self-confidence every day at home, at work, and in social situations.

Martial Arts for Families

martial arts for family

In our innovative martial arts program for Families, everyone participates: children, parents, and grandparents can attend classes and progress at their own pace. In our action-packed family classes, no one sits on the bench! Children practice with other children, and adults practice with other adults. Martial arts classes are one of the only family programs where children and parents get the same kind of healthy exercise at the same time.

Jiu Jitsu

brazilian jiu jitsu

Our applied Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes combine strength and endurance training to develop lean, powerful muscles. BJJ is a fitness program that people in the Wood River area actually stick with because they enjoy the training and they enjoy the results. We practice powerful self-defense skills together without hurting each other in a cooperative environment. We sweat together, learn together, and improve together.

Welcome to The Best Karate, Taekwondo, Self Defense Lessons
in Wood River

teaching martial arts

Hi, my name is Grand Master Chris Lee,

and I’m very PROUD that hundreds of families all over the Wood River area are singing the praises of our programs and telling their friends and neighbors how much of a positive impact it’s having on their lives.

Yi's Martial Arts Fitness Academy has become a landmark of Wood River martial arts!

Get started now and find out how you can be healthier, happier, and more confident with Yi's Martial Arts Fitness Academy training!

Physical and Mental Development

Our members tell us that they feel our school is more of an institution of self-improvement, physically and mentally, rather than “just” a gym or some “activity”.

I pride myself on helping our adult members safely build muscle, quickly burn fat, gain flexibility, and release stress in a FUN, positive, and injury-free environment! And for the children, parents all over the Wood River area give my martial arts classes credit for increasing their child’s ability to focus, building their self-esteem, and igniting a passion for self improvement they never would have expected.

Much More than “Kicking & Punching”

Although many people think the martial arts are just about fighting, the truth is that the physical “kicking and punching” are really just the “tools” that I use to teach the more important, and MUCH more valuable lessons about “yourself”.

When you train in our Wood River martial arts program (which also serves Alton, East Alton, Roxana, South Roxana, Collinsville, Granite City, Rosewood Heights, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Bethalto, Brighton, Moro, Shipman, Wood River, SIUE, Cottage Hills, Piasa, Bunker Hill, Godfrey), you take advantage of the best self-improvement system in the world.

Through the practice of physical self-defense skills, you will follow a blueprint for a successful life based on discipline, focus, and perseverance. Please take a few moments to browse this website, get familiar with us, then, take me up on my “No Strings Attached” offer, and see the benefits of my Wood River martial arts program for yourself!

See for Yourself

Give me a call at: (618) 251-5425 Or click the program (above) that you’re most interested in!

I sincerely look forward to meeting you, and helping you and your family accomplish your goals!


Grand Master Chris Lee
Yi's Martial Arts Fitness Academy

18 East Ferguson Avenue
Wood River, IL 62095
(618) 251-5425

P.S. If you’re like me, you’d rather “see it for yourself”, rather than just take my word for it. So simply select the program you’re most interested in on this page, and take advantage of our Special Trial Offer!