About True Balance Karate Institute in Downers Grove, Illinois

Martial Arts Instructors

Meet Paul Helsdon & Susan Helsdon

Owner and Chief Instructor at
True Balance Karate Institute in Downers Grove
3rd Degree Black Belt

Mr. Paul Helsdon is the Owner/Head Instructor here at True Balance Karate Institute, located in Downers Grove, Illinois and began his Tang Soo Do martial arts training in 1997. He tested for his first degree black belt in 2005 and his second degree black belt in 2008. He was awarded his third degree black belt in 2011. He is a certified instructor with the World Tang Soo Do Association and is also a certified regional judge.

He has trained in several other arts including Hapkido, Shotokan Karate and Kung Fu and is proficient in many martial arts weapons (staff, sword, short sticks, knife, and rope). He has been an instructor at Elmhurst Tang Soo Do since 2005 and has trained with masters from all over the world. This unique experience helps him keep students engaged and interested in a variety of lessons.

Mrs. Susan Helsdon is the Owner/Head of Curriculum Development here at True Balance Karate Institute and began her martial arts training in Tang Soo Do in 2000. She tested for her first degree black belt in 2007, her second degree black belt in 2009, and her third degree black belt in 2012. She is currently a certified instructor with the World Tang Soo Do Association and a certified judge. Along with Tang Soo Do, Mrs. Helsdon has also trained in Shotokan Karate and Kung Fu.

Her teaching experience comes directly from the classroom. She has been a certified special education teacher at the primary and intermediate grades since 2001. She holds two masters degrees in education and has devoted her life to educating and inspiring her students and those around her. She takes her classroom experience and applies it to the training floor through engaging lessons, thoughtful questions, and positive instruction.

True Balance Karate Institute in Downers Grove, IL is a family-orientated martial arts center. We have a new, clean, and safe training facility. Mr. and Mrs. Helsdon focus on a balanced approach to life where the students strive to become better people as well as better martial artists. We are also a personal development center using powerful words.

How To Get Started

Our Downers Grove Martial Arts facility offers programs in Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, Birthday Parties, and After School. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right h ere on our site. Also, feel free to give us a call directly at (630) 663-2000 if you have any further questions. Our staff of instructors here at True Balance Karate Institute hopes to see you soon!

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