I am a 28 year career police officer, the last 27 years being with the Sycamore Police Department. I am currently of the rank of Police Lieutenant. I am also a 7th degree black belt in Isshin-Ryu style karate and have studied various forms of martial arts over the past thirty years. I have studied and been certified in various police defensive tactics and public self-defense tactics and strategies including serving as a D.A.R.E. officer, R.A.D. Kids instructor (Resisting Aggression Defensively) and a member of American Woman’s Self Defense Association.
In all my experiences and training I have found at Warriors Edge in Naperville, IL a first rate, full-time training facility that teaches life skills through the martial ways. The curriculum and manner of instruction is second to none. I would recommend this professional training to anyone interested in not just surviving, but in thriving in today’s environment. The classes at Warriors Edge are for children, teens, college students, women, executives-- anyone, who is interested in preparing to win tomorrow’s challenges.
I strongly encourage my fellow area law enforcement professionals to seek out Warriors Edge in Naperville and find out for themselves, as I am, how their skills can be sharpened and their individual “potential unleashed” through this proven way of self-mastery.- Lieutenant Thomas Scott, Retired - Sycamore Police Department
Working with Warrior’s Edge was a journey…one we set out on cautiously. Michael’s dedication, passion, and flexibility were critical factors in our choice to work with him to develop safety training for our agency. He assisted us in assessing and refining our training needs, took the time to learn our professional roles, and demonstrated great patience with our trainers and staff. His training was practical and unlike many other “self-defense” programs taught realistic skills which would enable our employees to effectively handle safety risks. His safety curriculum focused on more than how to handle an aggressive act, but placed great priority on proactive measures often overlooked by instructors in our field. Michael emphasized and consistently modeled the importance of treating others with respect, and the important role this plays in our safety. He discussed general principles of awareness and intuition. His simultaneous focus on our thinking and attitudes in addition to physical techniques offered the broad perspective on safety we were hoping for. Professional, practical, positive are what you can expect from Warrior’s Edge!- Kathy Starkovich - Dept. of Probation and Court Services, 18th Judicial Circuit Court, Wheaton, IL
It with great pleasure that I write a letter extolling the value of the S.A.F.E program (Safety Awareness Fundamental Education) that Michael Eichenberg has developed for schools. We at Naperville Central High School have been utilizing Michael, his program, and his instructors from Warrior’s Edge Martial Arts Academy for 3 years in our Physical Education program. The information that has been given our students over those years has greatly assisted our students as they venture forward to the “REAL WORLD” after graduating high school.
Michael and his instructors have conducted themselves in a very professional manner. Much thought has gone into the delivery of the message of the importance of awareness in order to feel and be safe in different environments. Instruction also includes strategies of how to deal with situations which can not be avoided.
Our School and department whole heartedly endorse this program. This has been a great addition to our Physical Education program and certainly a benefit to our students who take advantage of participating in this class.- Paul Zientarski - Department Coordinator Physical Education Naperville Central H.S.
I had many comments that were very positive about your presentation. I have had several veteran students tell me they enjoyed this year's curriculum more than last year's.
Thanks for making our self defense unit better and I hope to get the grant needed for your "week" visit next year!- Joy Pierson Nebergall, Physical Education Department, Neuqua Valley High School
I would like to give the highest recommendation to Michael Eichenberg's S.A.F.E. seminar. Michael demonstrates the essential characteristics we want all instructors to possess. I truly enjoyed watching and participating with Michael and his team teaching and interacting with the students. He emits a passion for teaching everyone that comes to his seminars and through his dojo.
Michael's knowledge of the subject matter he was teaching was excellent. His use of varied teaching strategies communicated his desire and intent to reach every one of the students. His personal stories grabbed the student's attention. He treated them with respect and did not push the students into doing anything they were uncomfortable doing. The students felt secure and happy with Michael as their teacher.- Christina Goshen - Physical Education Teacher
If you want to fight like a real ninja, you would have to study the art of ninjutsu, which Michael Eichenberg teaches at Warrior's Edge Martial Arts in Naperville. Eichenberg trains federal marshals, cops and members of the ATF how to strike down opponents using ancient techniques developed by the ninja.- Lauren Heist - Beep Magazine (March 21-27, 2007)
As a professional, it was important that I find a facility that not only taught skills that would be useful in a real life situation, but also fostered an environment of professionalism. I joined Warrior's Edge to enhance my self-defense skills, but also to grow as an individual. Warrior's Edge has not only met all of my expectations but has exceeded them. Further, I was pleased to see the importance that the instructors place on safety, thereby avoiding potential injuries of the students.I have come to know Mr. Eichenberg as an individual as well as an instructor. His skills, dedication, patience, passion and personal sense of integrity emanates throughout the facility. If one wishes to learn self-defense skills that are practical for potential real life situations and become a better person in the process, Warrior's Edge is the place for them.- Dr. Kevin Russeau - Russeau Team HealthCare, Ltd.
It has now been a year since you came to our department and conducted an officer safety and self defense program. I took advantage of the free trial offer to train at Warriors Edge and have never looked back. I thoroughly enjoy the training I receive. The value of the techniques taught combined with the philosophy, awareness and respect for self and others is unbelievable.
As a Probation Officer of over 27 years with a wife and 3 children at home I some times have found it difficult to balance my life.
I am often asked how I can do such a stressful job and not take it home with me. I credit the Warriors Edge with providing me with a setting that encourages me to refocus my energy, refocus my self on the moment and force me to be more aware of myself, my surroundings, family and community. I have on more than one occasion entered the school right after work with aches and pains, not wanting to work out, miraculously, moments after class starts the tension that was causing that pain is gone, replaced by a sense of wellness and focus.
The teachers at Warriors Edge are highly skilled. I am constantly amazed not only by the level of the knowledge of the art, but also with the teaching skills. The sense of community among the students and instructors is what powers the atmosphere of this highly effective school.- John Mains - Probation Officer - Student
Warrior's Edge Martial Arts is an all-around excellent school. Their instructors are outstanding! Their students are friendly, respectful, and giving. Everything about this school exhibits nothing, but perfection. Everything that anyone would want in a martial arts school is there! There are no gimmicks or hidden fees. It is apparent, unlike many martial arts schools of today, all of their students are well-trained and well-deserving of their ranks. Better yet, almost everything you need to be successful in this art is already built-into the fees. So there is no guesswork.
In my 30 years of martial arts experience, they have the most professional looking school that I have ever seen. The instructors and students are top gun! So, if you are looking for a great martial arts experience, it will be difficult to find a school better than this!- Joe Bolding - Owner of Quiet Storm Martial Arts, Gilbert, Arizona
My son and I are both students at Warrior's Edge. It has been a great experience for both of us. We both look forward to training and it is something that we share beyond the dojo. The classes are organized to build a strong foundation and then advance at the students pace. The instructors and students are friendly and always willing to share their knowledge. I have seen a definite increase in my son's self-confidence and his skills. For myself the training has helped me better handle stress and prioritize my life.- Jim Danko - Insurance Agent - Student
I came to The Warrior's Edge because I wanted to learn a martial art that taught realistic skills to defend myself. I stay at Warrior's Edge because I have found so much more.
The martial art itself is fantastic! I have studied other forms and have not found one that has such practical applications for "real world" self defense. The realism training helps me to push past fear and stress so that I can stay calm and focused in a dangerous situation.
The principles behind this martial art have transferred to other aspects of my life as well. I am more focused, more aware of things around me, have more confidence and a lot less stress! Not to mention the peace of mind it gives me to know that I don't have to be a victim. I have practical tools I can use to protect myself and my loved ones.
The variety of classes offered, are fun and challenging. Every class is different, and is offered many times during the week which is perfect for my busy schedule.
I can not say enough about the people who come here to train. Everyone is warm, friendly and encouraging. The teachers and the black belts are enthusiastic, patient and are as excited about my successes as I am. It is a fun learning atmosphere.
With everything they have to offer, why do I go to The Warrior's Edge? The question is why would I go anywhere else? - Donna Younan - Student
Ever since I joined the Warrior's Edge Dojo, my martial arts ability and my quality of life have improved tremendously. Since switching to the Jizaikan system, I have learned more in one year than I had in twelve years of Karate. The Warrior's Edge Dojo has such a great atmosphere about it that once I enter, I never want to leave. I have practiced Isshin Ryu Karate, Shaolain Kung Fu, Judo, and much more. Jizaikan Aiki Ninjutsu provided me with everything I ever wanted out of a martial art and so much more."- Lee Scott - Student
I was also pleased at the friendliness of everyone regardless of rank. I am really proud and honored to be part of the Warrior's Edge family.- Jim Miller - Student (age 66)
I love training here at Warrior's Edge because everyone, from instructors to students of all ranks, really help each other. I have learned more in the 5 months I've been coming here than in the past twenty years. I've trained in other forms of martial arts, and I can say that Jizaikan Aiki Ninjutsu has helped my mental balance more than Aikido, Tae Kwon Do and Boxing put together. Not only do we learn things in the dojo on a daily basis, but the monthly seminars, which are open to everyone, not just students, help me further understand how to apply the Jizai principles to my everyday life and thereby make me a better person.- Sunshine Littlecreek - Student
I first started training in martial arts for physical improvement and a way to defend myself in a life threatening situation and in my 14 years of training I have studied three different martial arts. In the 2 years that I have trained with koncho Tom Maienza and Sensei Mike Eichenberg I have learned more about not only how to defend my life but also how to improve my life. In the Jizaikan and at the Warriors Edge provides an opportunity to improve yourself and the world around you. I truly believe that whatever you are searching for you can find it here.- Bob Grevin - Pilot - Student
As someone who has had rheumatoid arthritis for most of my life (25 out of 37 years), it was very difficult to find a school and a sensei who could help me to train and advance in a manner that was conducive to my health. Even more difficult was to find a sensei who could teach me a realistic and effective warrior’s art. Mr. Eichenberg is that sensei and his dojo - The Warrior's Edge is that school. It has been a true gift for me to have found Mr. Eichenberg and his school, and I plan on studying there for a very long time.- Ken Nigro - Student
I started training at the Warrior’s Edge because I had taken martial arts in the past and wanted to start again. What I found was a practical method of self-defense, far superior to the six other arts I studied and that it was taught in a friendly, encouraging, family atmosphere. The instructors are real world knowledgeable and personally invested in my continued success both in and outside of the dojo. The confidence that I have gained has helped me immensely in my job as a security officer at a local college. To call The Warrior's Edge a martial arts school is a gross misnomer. They are far more than that. They provide real solutions and strategies for problems in everyday life.- Matt Carr - College Security - Student
In my opinion, Aiki Ninjutsu is the closest you can get to a total and complete martial arts system. By utilizing 12 different lineages and adding Aiki Techniques this system is very effective for all people. I am blessed to be a student at the Warrior's Edge Naperville. It has changed my life in the most positive ways. Thank you Mr. Eichenberg for all of the positive motivation you give me.- Semper Fi - Mark Cornstubble
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You can find us on Ogden Avenue in Naperville. Our dojo is conveniently located in Cress Creek Square with OfficeMax and Binny's, just west of Naperville North High School - at 790 Royal St. George Suite 106.
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