DeKALB – Former police officer Tom Scott wants to teach the self-defense skills he’s learned over the years to the DeKalb community.
Scott, a former Sycamore police lieutenant who retired in 2008, is the owner of Hero Martial Arts, 2179 Sycamore Road, Unit 102, DeKalb.
The business opened March 1 and classes are taught by Scott’s four sons, who all are black belts in karate. Scott himself is trained in reading body language and using words to diminish conflicts, among other things, he said.
“Everybody should learn these things in today’s world to be familiar and comfortable in any environment,” Scott said.
Classes in karate, aiki ninjutsu, tai chi and mixed martial arts are available for ages 4 and older, including for the elderly. Registration costs $81 a month, which includes two classes a week, as well as a family class held Saturdays. There also is a one-time registration fee of $25 for new members.
Matt Scott, the business manager, said it has always been a dream for the family to open their own martial arts school, considering the extensive training each brother has teaching in different martial arts fields.
Matt Scott has been involved in karate since he was 4 years old and has taught classes at the Kishwaukee Family YMCA, he said.
“We all have teaching experience at the [YMCA],” he said. “We’ve grown up with it. It’s part of us.”
Lee Scott is a licensed clinical social worker by day and an aiki ninjutsu instructor by night. His classes involve combative skills and developing better character traits, he said. These skills have helped him in his day job when investigating domestic violence claims.
“The self-defense skills themselves taught me not to be afraid when talking to alleged abusers because I know I can stand my ground and ask questions I need to ask on behalf of the victim,” he said. “The mental training has taught me strategies that work in understanding human tendencies.”
Hero Martial Arts will hold a Girl and Woman’s Self Defense Seminar from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday for women and girls ages 6 and older to learn about self-defense.
The registration fee is $15 for women ages 18 and older and $5 for girls ages 6 to 17. Girls younger than 18 must be accompanied by a registered female parent or female guardian.
Lee Scott compared martial arts skills to insurance.
“It’s good to have the skills in case you need it,” he said. “It works in every aspect of life. It’s how to improve yourself to make yourself better in all aspects of life.”