Sensei Tom Volz
Sensei Tom is the co-owner of Downers Grove Boxing and Martial Arts LLC and has been actively involved in the Martial Arts for 34 years, teaching for 33 of those years. He currently holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo Karate. He has also trained in Hapkido, Jiu Jitsu, Arnis, and U.S. Army Combatives. He began his training in the Korean art of Hapkido in 1976 attaining the rank of 6th Degree Blue Belt. After a six year lay off from the martial arts, he began training in Kenpo in June, 1982 and never stopped. He began teaching later that same year. Since then, he has trained in Jiu Jitsu, Arnis (also known as Escrima), and Level I of the U.S. Army’s system of Combatives. In February of 2015, Sensei Tom was promoted to Sandan (3rd Degree black belt).
Sensei Tom was attracted to Kenpo because of its no nonsense approach to self defense, its practicality, and its flexibility. The techniques are straight forward and teach you to disable an opponent in the shortest time possible. While it teaches techniques one way, it also allows for modification of the technique based on the situation. Finally, whereas other arts may require extreme flexibility or a size and weight advantage, Kenpo is an art that can be molded to a person’s physical abilities/limitations. Along with basic boxing techniques, he integrates the other styles he has studied into his Kenpo background. Sensei Tom stays motivated with Kenpo by teaching it to others and watching them grow as martial artists. He believes that one really starts to learn the art by teaching others and that learning is an ongoing endeavor that keeps one fresh and motivated. You should never stop learning or trying to better yourself. His advice to students wanting to progress is simple- don’tquit.