History

Sensei Jeff Kohn started North Shore Martial Arts in 1980 in Morton Grove, IL. Over thirty-some years (and a few relocations) we ended up in Glenview, IL as North Shore Dojo.

From the beginning Sensei Kohn was a gifted teacher of children. They all looked up to him and quickly learned there was one way to earn his respect, and that was through hard work. Not everyone who entered through those doors magically became a black belt. Not at all. Every person who has earned a black belt, or lesser belts for that matter, has done so because he or she has earned it.

Early on, local schools referred a few "difficult" students to Sensei Kohn. The change was remarkable. They learned the meaning of respect and the benefits of hard work. Soon, more children were being sent in by school administrators and psychologists to see if Sensei Kohn could help with various cognitive and physical disabilities ranging from limb loss, Spina bifida to autism, Down syndrome and blindness. . The answer was a resounding yes.

Sensei Kohn firmly believes that all children are capable of learning. Sometimes, it's just a matter of stepping away from the traditional methods and finding what works with that child.

All of these years later, karate is used in many dojos in not only the Chicago area but also nationally. Many of these programs are modeled after what Sensei Kohn has been doing for the past four decades and several of these dojos' Senseis earned their black belts from Sensei Kohn.

Today, North Shore Dojo specializes in working with children with disabilities but also has a very strong program for non-disabled kids as well.

Black belts and accomplishments since 1979

Otter Kohn - Sensei Howard Feinstein Russell Beck
Inez Garber Karen Frank Max Barack1
Melissa Garber1 Pam Lack3 Asher Berlin
Brian Ladin Sari Topel3 Jamie Siegel
Shari Nusinson Brittany Larson Michael Barack5, 2X Pan-Am Champ
Richie Rosenblum Ilana Nudelman3 Angela Rowland1
David Ericson - Coach3 Brad Bauman Harrison Siegel
Arlene Caldrone Mitch Witkov3 Jacob Barack1
Chris Vandenberg Justin Lack1 Joey Eichner
Vinnie Catalano Kevin Ratliff Kevin Friedman
Guy Halprin Kiel Moses3 Ben Richmond
Moshe Wolf Pat Dillon Barbara Shapiro
Dick Rosen Clay Morton - World Champion J.D. Rowland
Georgia Shields Tom Cavin Joey Rosenthal1,3
EJ Paprocki Ryan Spritz Dylan Smith
Steven Troy Seth Reagen1 Alaina Fuller
Kara Wilkinson Danny Borek Mike Rosenthal3
Chad Robbins3 Dane Lunquist James Fuller
Don Makower Joy Delneky Ian Kay3
Darren Brooks3, World Champion Dena Nudelman Jeff Hass
Barry Samet3 Jim Stolarczyk Deb Gallivan
Kevin Memmel Mark Schneider Harry Carl1
Adam Labkon1,2,3 Brian Schneider3 Ross Taylor
Peter Rusin Eric Schneider Jacob Goldstein
Jordan Scott3 Carter Glass Jonathan Kahn
Crickett Spots Tanya Nudelman3 Katy Barack
Harry Feirstein Marc Nudelman3 Pam Patinkin
Jeff Ladin Jamie Murray Samantha Rowland
Rob Strom Dean Martinez Paige Korbakes
Howard Rosenblum Julia Clark David Barack
Lyle Castle Lane Roehlk Peter Shayman
Gary Fischer Melanie Willimann1 Matt Zeidman
Rick Hiton Elina Crowder Jenny Rees
Paul Lee Chelsea Robbins Anna Whelan
Blake Sloan1. Stanley Cup winner Andrew Delneky1 Matt Fox
Paul Sweetow1 Ashley Linker1 Deniz Kahn
Steve Rosen Richard Schwinn2 Ben Iorio
Stratford Shields Sharon Robbins Eric Kraybill
Gene Paprocki Susan Mandell Matt Kraybill
Brendan Troy2 Ashley Mandell3 Chris Ishida
Peter Delneky1, Jr. World Champion Jessie Reagen Robert Krebs
Serafin Martinez Lindsey Lerner Gregg Feinstein
Val Kravtsov Mike Agins Brittsny Reed
Jim Letchinger Earl Torres Jack Whelan
Keith Ross3 Adam Brozer3,World Maccabiah Champion Jeff Fink
Arthur Merar3 Greg Friedman Jack Horwitch
MaryJo Furman Emily Richmond1,3 Christina Reed
Andy Madenberg Rasko Krajisnik1 Zach Levin
Greg Boone Elina Stratigakes Claire Assmussen
Joey Garber Bob Middleton Will Assmussen
Jack Pressman2,3 Dave Moreno Alec Goldhirsh
Scott Taylor Anne Place Max Pelech
Marla Cohen2,3,Maccabiah World Champion Lisa Place Trevor Burke
Steve Ehas Danny Shayman3 Loren Scheman
Donny Yamauchi1, World reknown chef Benji Patzik Will Neely
Kate Fischer John Glazer Bruno Fernandez
Mike Hiton Sami Mandell Michael McCarthy4
Greg Tessler Stacy Zeidman Kelly Bross
Brian Blevins Lee Zeidman Danny Levin
Mike Wishner Kay Allison Amy Rogin
Bobby Kim Claire Gilbertsen Kevin Kucbor4
Dave Goldman Cade Mlodinoff Lexi Korbakes
Darren Brenner2,3 Liz Aron Lindsey Cogan
Randy Borek1,3,5, USA Jr. World Champion, Jr. Pan-American Champion Susie Agins Sally French
Ronnie Friedman3 Diane Albert Melinie Horwich
Ricky Spritz3 Steffi Delneky Charlie Kipp
Matt Korbakes Yasmin Schnayer Merrick Jacobson
Rob Krehely Zach Patzik Valentina Fernandez
Jim Gumbiner Sean Stolarczyk2 Marilyn Labkon - Maccabiah Chairman
Nickolas Burke Payton Genis Hannah Hartigan
Taylor Genis Victoria Fishman Matthew Y. Hass
Avi Y. Hass Connor Peterson Eliana Kohn
Spencer Jaconbson Jordan Chiappetta Aidan Graver
Julian Goldstein Alan Brint Jared Gershowitz
Ellie Madenberg Coby Madenberg Willie Abt
Nancy Fortier Tommy McCarthy Byron Hopps
Sammi Weinberg Samara Kohn Martina Spiro
Carly Spiro    

1 - USA Jr. National Team
2- USA Senior National Team
3 - Maccabiah Team
4 - Disable National Team
5 - Pan American Team