Martial Arts Champaign, IL - Karate Champaign, ILDragon Claw Academy

Discover your inner dragon!

Shifu Chen moved here to Champaign with his family back in April of 2012. He began this school in September of 2012. With the help of his wife, Abigail, Shifu taught afterschool classes in Unit 4 schools that started with 4 students and also began a main location with 3 students consisting of his two children and a next door neighbor’s son.

DCA has had to move 4x in the past 4 years due to its continuous growth. The Champaign/Urbana community has truly embraced us and our message. Our drive for excellence through perseverance, and the cultivation of our character building program has been our building blocks.

Our DCA family is made up of incredible families who desire great things for their kids and for the surrounding Champaign/Urbana communities. All of this is only possible by their continued participation in our incredible student body. Come be a part of the movement and find your inner Dragon!


  • A master teacher of dance, encapsulating the very essence and flow of organic movement; not only a wealth of creativity, technique, and the essentials of performance, but also a depth, heart, and desire to enrich the talent and ability and more importantly, the life of the student…this is Aaron Chen!
  • A highly skilled and gifted Martial Artist, Aaron is a master of instilling confidence and discipline. Aaron’s ability to explain and demonstrate everything from fundamentals to advanced techniques is unmatched. His positive, caring attitude and passion for teaching are evident. Anyone going on the martial arts journey would be hard pressed to find a more capable and genuine person than Aaron Chen
  • Mr. Aaron Chen has been our son’s Kung Fu instructor for the past 18 months. During that time we have observed our son mature both physically and mentally. Mr. Chen’s dedication, communication skills and rapport with his students is exceptional. He is professional, patient and is always prepared for his classes. He is detail oriented and his concern for each child to enjoy and be successful is the class is obvious.
  • My son has been attending this academy for a year now. He goes to class 3 times a week, year-round. Though this is quite a time-commitment, he is excited Every. Single. Time. He loves it, and so do we. The kids do not just excel physically. But there is also a great emphasis on teaching the principles of respect, love and discipline. I can only recommend DCA. Champaign can consider itself lucky to have the Chens.
  • My daughter has grown immensely in terms of balance, control, and core strength. The instructor is fantastic with the students - encouraging, patient, and meeting each student at his/her level. And he makes class fun while still expecting the best effort from each student. I appreciate the fact that the only competition is personal - we don't have to travel to stressful competitions. Highly recommended (and the dance classes, too!).