History of Our School
The story of our school is the story of commitment; commitment to friends, commitment to students, and a commitment to the art form that many of us have come to love.
The roots of our school begin at Downers Grove Karate which was started by Shihan Bob Wainwright in 1982. Shihan Wainwright counted amongst his students and friends Shihan Harry Wheeler, Shihan Terry O’Shea, Shihan Mike Olish, Sensei Tom Volz, and Sensei Greg Eck. Shihans Wheeler, O’Shea, and Olish, along with Senseis Volz and Eck would form the core of a school that has lasted over 30 years.
In the mid-1980’s, having lost contact with his original instructors and with a solid foundation of students, Mr. Wainwright, a second degree black belt at the time, formed the “Way of Kenpo” association. It is from Shihan Wainwright’s “Way of Kenpo” association that our school derives its name.
Shihan Wainwright ran Downers Grove Karate for 15 years until his retirement. The school was handed over to Sensei Andy Siska who ran it for another 7 years. It was then handed off to Sensei Miller who ran it until the end of 2014. It was during Sensei Miller’s stewardship that the school took on the name Warrior Way of Kenpo. With the school needing a new home in 2015, Sensei Greg Eck and Sensei Tom Volz opened Downers Grove Boxing & Martial Arts. While the school has had a number of names and locations, it has always had the same core group of instructors.
While the school has had a number of names and locations, it has always had the same core group of instructors – Shihans Wheeler, O’Shea, and Olish along with Senseis Volz and Eck. For over 30 years, they have committed to each other, and to all past and present students, to keep Warrior Way of Kenpo alive.
Downers Grove Boxing & Martial Arts is proud to be the home of Warrior Way of Kenpo Karate.