Degerberg Academy Of Martial Arts & Fitness Inc

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Dedicated to black belt excellence for over 50 years.
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Mon-Thu 4pm-9:30pm ; Fri 4:30pm-8:30pm ; Sat 10am-4:30pm ; Sun 10am-1pm ; Open 7 Days
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I recently found an offer through the internet of $19.95 for an introductory month for a new boxing student. So I called the Degerberg office and told them I was interested. I also made sure to mention the web coupon on the phone, as it says to do on the website and was assured that that would be my introductory rate. I was told that I would have to come for an introductory class. So I made my appointment, and came.

When I arrived, I was given the introduction, plus what I thought was a free t-shirt for my troubles. The tour was great. The instructor was helpful; he even showed me some basic boxing moves. The gym looked well equipped. I was sure that this was the place for me.

Then we came back downstairs and started talking details. I told him that I wasn't sure what my schedule would allow (I am also working full-time and in an MBA program part-time), but wanted to try the trial period and see how it fit. I mentioned the $19.95 web coupon again, and he said that *since I didn't have it printed*, he would have to charge me $30 just for the trial period (even though there is no mention of having to print the coupon on the website). So I said that was fine, I would just have to look at my schedule, and come back with the coupon in hand.

At this point, I was a little irritated, but still willing to try out the gym. But then the guy told me that since I wasn't buying anything that day, I would have to pay for the t-shirt I was given at the beginning.

That's right - they forced me to pay for a shirt that I was given at the beginning--then sweated in--without the knowledge that I would then have to pay for the shirt if I didn't join the gym that day. I believe there's a word for that: it's called entrapment.

Needless to say, I was definitely going to join Dederberg (if not that day, then at some point), and now I will never step foot in that building again. So enjoy your $18.98, Degerberg Academy. I hope it was worth it.

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★☆☆☆☆

I recently found an offer through the internet of $19.95 for an introductory month for a new boxing student. So I called the Degerberg office and told them I was interested. I also made sure to mention the web coupon on the phone, as it says to do on the website and was assured that that would be my introductory rate. I was told that I would have to come for an introductory class. So I made my appointment, and came.

When I arrived, I was given the introduction, plus what I thought was a free t-shirt for my troubles. The tour was great. The instructor was helpful; he even showed me some basic boxing moves. The gym looked well equipped. I was sure that this was the place for me.

Then we came back downstairs and started talking details. I told him that I wasn't sure what my schedule would allow (I am also working full-time and in an MBA program part-time), but wanted to try the trial period and see how it fit. I mentioned the $19.95 web coupon again, and he said that *since I didn't have it printed*, he would have to charge me $30 just for the trial period (even though there is no mention of having to print the coupon on the website). So I said that was fine, I would just have to look at my schedule, and come back with the coupon in hand.

At this point, I was a little irritated, but still willing to try out the gym. But then the guy told me that since I wasn't buying anything that day, I would have to pay for the t-shirt I was given at the beginning.

That's right - they forced me to pay for a shirt that I was given at the beginning--then sweated in--without the knowledge that I would then have to pay for the shirt if I didn't join the gym that day. I believe there's a word for that: it's called entrapment.

Needless to say, I was definitely going to join Dederberg (if not that day, then at some point), and now I will never step foot in that building again. So enjoy your $18.98, Degerberg Academy. I hope it was worth it.

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In the beginning I started taking classes at Degerberg to get in shape because other forms of exercise eventually bored me. The variety of martial arts, wrestling, and boxing was challenging, stimulating, and increased my focus in and outside class. In addition all of the teachers (and students for that matter) treated everyone with respect.

PROS: I strongly recommend this academy
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In the beginning I started taking classes at Degerberg to get in shape because other forms of exercise eventually bored me. The variety of martial arts, wrestling, and boxing was challenging, stimulating, and increased my focus in and outside class. In addition all of the teachers (and students for that matter) treated everyone with respect.

PROS: I strongly recommend this academy
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I can't believe their original location is STILL standing. I went here years ago buying into the fact that I could learn about 20 styles of Martial Arts for a (back then) reasonable price. I stayed for about 2 1/2 years very slowly progressing (partially due to the fact that their cirriculum changes almost weekly, repition of the same routines for EVERY level, and an ""instructor"" named Ed Mendoza had some personal dislike towards me while my cousin who was taking classes with me at the time and was benethe me abilitywise fell in favor of him all the time). I liked the people I was with, I didn't like the staff, the instruction, or the facility. Basically, the facility has a 1st floor with a very low celing where the kid classes and the ""OLD SKOOL weight room"" is and a 2nd floor with 2 studios and a boxing ring. Fast forward to present day and despite them now having a 2nd location, they still S U C K !!! What good of a Martial Artist are you going to become if you have to pay over $100 for what you THINK you're learning over 20 styles of Martial Arts? Plus, if you look at the television shows like UFC, IFL, Pride FC, you're NOT going to find many Karate or Kung Fu fighters but rather fighters who wrestle, do Muay Thai, and (what's now really popular) Brazillian Ju Jitsu (which Degerberg doesn't teach). Speaking of Degerberg, don't be fooled by that slim rough looking guy that you see on his logo, he's actually a fat, bald, old man who looks like someone who hasn't kept up his training in AGES!!! I actually took a nunchaku ""seminar"" with him and he hardly lifted a finger; just talked like he knew what he was talking about. It's not worth it and you WON'T learn 20 different styles (and believe me, that's NOT what you call Mixed Martial Arts). You'll be better off finding a Brazillian Ju Jitsu school with a teacher who actually was taught be a Gracie sibling.

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I can't believe their original location is STILL standing. I went here years ago buying into the fact that I could learn about 20 styles of Martial Arts for a (back then) reasonable price. I stayed for about 2 1/2 years very slowly progressing (partially due to the fact that their cirriculum changes almost weekly, repition of the same routines for EVERY level, and an ""instructor"" named Ed Mendoza had some personal dislike towards me while my cousin who was taking classes with me at the time and was benethe me abilitywise fell in favor of him all the time). I liked the people I was with, I didn't like the staff, the instruction, or the facility. Basically, the facility has a 1st floor with a very low celing where the kid classes and the ""OLD SKOOL weight room"" is and a 2nd floor with 2 studios and a boxing ring. Fast forward to present day and despite them now having a 2nd location, they still S U C K !!! What good of a Martial Artist are you going to become if you have to pay over $100 for what you THINK you're learning over 20 styles of Martial Arts? Plus, if you look at the television shows like UFC, IFL, Pride FC, you're NOT going to find many Karate or Kung Fu fighters but rather fighters who wrestle, do Muay Thai, and (what's now really popular) Brazillian Ju Jitsu (which Degerberg doesn't teach). Speaking of Degerberg, don't be fooled by that slim rough looking guy that you see on his logo, he's actually a fat, bald, old man who looks like someone who hasn't kept up his training in AGES!!! I actually took a nunchaku ""seminar"" with him and he hardly lifted a finger; just talked like he knew what he was talking about. It's not worth it and you WON'T learn 20 different styles (and believe me, that's NOT what you call Mixed Martial Arts). You'll be better off finding a Brazillian Ju Jitsu school with a teacher who actually was taught be a Gracie sibling.

Pros: good for ""beginning"" kids who need an extracirricular activity

Cons: Bad Instructors, Bad Facility, Overrated, Overpriced, Misleading Ads, Head Instructor is an OLD FAT GUY

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The students learn a little bit of everything from wrestling to stick fighting and a whole lot in between. They throw so much at you, its hard to get a handle on one thing and you rarely see the same technique twice.

Due to the extremely large class sizes, this academy offers little if any individual attention. The classes are 1hr long and typically a fourth of the hour is spent shadow boxing while the instructor chats away with his pals.

The facility is large but unkempt. More often than not you have to wade through swarms of screaming children to get to the dank locker rooms. Degerberg also boasts a full weight room cluttered with completely obsolete equipment. Perfect if you ever wondered what it would be like to workout in Sandford-n-Sons back yard.

The price? $159 a month for two one-hour classes a week! Not at all competitive.

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★★☆☆☆

The students learn a little bit of everything from wrestling to stick fighting and a whole lot in between. They throw so much at you, its hard to get a handle on one thing and you rarely see the same technique twice.

Due to the extremely large class sizes, this academy offers little if any individual attention. The classes are 1hr long and typically a fourth of the hour is spent shadow boxing while the instructor chats away with his pals.

The facility is large but unkempt. More often than not you have to wade through swarms of screaming children to get to the dank locker rooms. Degerberg also boasts a full weight room cluttered with completely obsolete equipment. Perfect if you ever wondered what it would be like to workout in Sandford-n-Sons back yard.

The price? $159 a month for two one-hour classes a week! Not at all competitive.

Pros: large facility, safe neighborhood

Cons: pricey, unclean, over crowded

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We are the only martial arts school in Chicago awarded "Best Overall School" by Black Belt Magazine in a worldwide vote. We are the only Chicago martial arts school where you can learn Degerberg Blend, karate, boxing, kickboxing, tai chi, muay thai boxin