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There are times when life becomes a Battleground and you are in the middle of a fight, not necessarily with an adversary but life itself. Battleground, is here to equip you with the physical, mental, and social tools to take on life's challenges.

We are excited to announce that Battleground Boxing is now Battleground: Boxing, Martial Arts, & Self Defense. These additional programs will help you find the best fit for your specific needs and your life goals.



boxingBoxing Skills & Conditioning – For individuals 12 years and older. This class not only delivers a great cardio workout, but boxing basics such as proper punching techniques, combinations and footwork; a great preparatory class should one want to move on to the Sanctioned Class.
Sparring is NOT allowed.

Boxing Sanctioned Class - This class is for people who are looking to take their fitness and boxing to the next level. This technical class will focus on teaching the true art of boxing while getting an intense cardio workout. Anyone 6 years and older may participate in this class.
Sparring is allowed.

(Registration with USA Boxing is required for sanctioned class)

Martial Arts - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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This is an officially sanctioned program with the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Foundation or (IBJJF/USBJJF). The Martial Art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a lifestyle more than a destination; a series of trials and errors, ups and downs, losses and wins and lessons learned. Through the art of Jiu Jitsu we are not so much concerned with winning trophies as we are with the process of becoming a better person. We base our system on helping people achieve their personal Jiu Jitsu goals whatever they may be, no matter what stage they are in life.

Sometimes the journey is approached with a Winner or Loser mentality; both of those titles showcase a Performance ONLY Based mindset. They distract from the journey; from the process of becoming a better person through your chosen art. Likewise, arriving at a Win does not always mean you are growing in Character; in Honor & Humility

Self Defense - Woman's Empowerment

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Self defense is a program giving you the tools to hold off a would be assailant and the knowledge to defend your self or loved ones if you are ever physically attacked. Self defense will help you feel more secure when alone, develop a healthy self confidence and helps you become physically fit. Anyone 18 years and older may participate in this class.

Physical assault by someone known to the victim is a leading cause of injury to women. Nearly two million women are assaulted each year in the United States, and more than half of women will be physically assaulted during their lifetime. A large proportion of women (64 percent) reporting rape, physical assault and/or stalking, were victimized by a current or former partner. (Illinois Public Health report on Violence against Women)

The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. For information about our financial assistance program, please go to the “Home” tab and click on “Contact Us” to send an email or just call 541-884-4149.