Leaders for Life Martial Arts

Join our Martial Arts family and get stronger physically, mentally, and emotionally!


2413 Village Green Place, Champaign, IL 61822


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More Than Martial Arts

Hi, my name is Senior Master Tina Newberry and my husband and I are the owners of Leaders for Life Martial Arts.

When I was a child, I began my martial arts journey and the positive impact it had on my life was remarkable. It was always my dream to some day own my own school and when I opened Leaders for Life Martial Arts in 1990, I made a commitment to our community in Champaign, IL to create an enjoyable environment for students to improve their fitness while building confidence they can carry into their everyday lives. It is my privilege and honor to take the the knowledge that I’ve received in my own martial arts training and pass it on to the students at my school.

We teach all our members to focus on and be present in the moment - and in this age of distractions and sensory overload, this is a skill which returns immediate results in all aspects of one's life. It is our goal to inspire strength, discipline, confidence and focus in our students, to help them discover the leader that is within them.  I believe every child has the potential to be a leader, they just need someone to believe in them. As a parent myself, I understand the challenges of raising a confident and focused child in an age where there are more distractions than ever.

While the kids have their fun, our adult program is second to none.  From traditional martial arts to more modern self-defense styles, there is something for everyone at Leaders for Life Martial Arts.  If you are looking to burn major calories, learn self-defense moves and get in the best shape of your life, you must come and check out our adult program. Imagine yourself as a stronger, more confident individual in the best shape of your life. I want to personally invite you to take advantage of our introductory trial offer, and turn that vision into a reality.

It would be a privilege to meet you and your child!

Senior Master Tina Newberry

Martial Arts For Every Walk Of Life

  • We have the pleasure of teaching students, attorneys, doctors, engineers, military and law enforcement. We all train together in a fun, team-oriented family environment.
  • Thanks in part to the discipline and focus on hard work they learned through Martial Arts, we have kids that have been training for years who leave to attend the top colleges and universities in the country.
  • There are always new generations of individuals and families coming in to pursue our ongoing legacy. It is a tradition in martial arts to pass down the knowledge one receives in their training, and many students become instructors, often ending up owning their own schools.


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Programs Offered at Champaign IL

  • Tigers

    4-6 Yrs

    ATA Tigers

    An exclusive new platform for martial arts that kids truly love.

  • Karate for Kids

    7-12 Yrs

    Karate for Kids

    The fundamentals of martial arts in a specialized kids program.

  • Teen & Adult


    Adult Martial Arts

    Get fit, while regaining a sense of balance in your life.

  • Kickboxing



    Shed fat, build muscle,  agility, coordination, look great & feel fantastic!