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THOUSAND WAVES FOUNDATION

  • Chicago, IL
  • www.thousandwaves.org

Mission Statement

Thousand Waves Martial Arts & Self-Defense Center, NFP fosters fitness, healing, empowerment and peacemaking by promoting healthy minds and bodies through violence prevention, self-defense and traditional martial arts programs for adults and children of all ages.

Main Programs

  1. Adult Seido Karate
  2. Kids’ Seido Karate
  3. Self-Defense Program
  4. Adapted Seido Karate (ASK)
  5. Scholarship Program
Service Areas

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Illinois

Chicago, IL and surrounding areas

ruling year

2002

Executive Director

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Ryan Libel

Co-Director of Karate Programs

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Nancy Lanoue

Keywords

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martial arts, violence prevention, self-defense, empowerment

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EIN

36-4471839

Also Known As

Thousand Waves Martial Arts & Self-Defense Center, NFP

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Sports Training Facilities (N40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

Adult Seido Karate

Thousand Waves teaches martial arts as a holistic fitness program to help you build strength, stamina and spirit. Immediate benefits include increased flexibility, balance and muscle tone. Workouts are vigorous and challenging for adults of all ages, physical abilities and fitness levels.

Training also offers the benefits of stress relief, self-empowerment and the capacity to build a non-quitting spirit to face life’s challenges and win. As students grow in body, mind and spirit, they are able to make positive changes in their lives and significant contributions at home, work, school, and in their communities.

The core program at Thousand Waves is Seido Karate, a Japanese martial art founded in 1976 by Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura, a martial artist and teacher of international stature. Our two head instructors, Sei Shihan Nancy Lanoue, 6th dan and Jun Shihan Sarah Ludden, 6th dan, are prominent leaders within the Seido organization as well as the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation (NWMAF) and the Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors (AWMAI). Thousand Waves is a licensed branch school of the World Seido Karate Organization, and our members are also members of the W.S.K.O.

The name Seido means “sincere way.” Learning comes naturally as the syllabus is organized into manageable, skill-building units. A respectful spirit of giving and receiving support characterizes the relationships between senior and junior students. Students’ progress is honored at periodic tests for rank advancement. Over 160 people have trained the 5+ years required to earn an adult black belt. A corps of professional trained instructors teaches the 45 Seido Karate classes per week.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Program 2

Kids’ Seido Karate

A positive classroom environment is essential to a child’s ability to learn. At Thousand Waves we present karate to children as a body, mind, and spirit practice. The mental and physical elements of Seido Karate improve their fitness, concentration and coordination. They also learn the Five Fingers of Self-Defense, including age appropriate skills for dealing with bullying and other forms of violence.

We are committed to maintaining a classroom culture of discipline, cooperation, and respect where young people can practice asserting themselves, taking on leadership, working as part of a team, and solving conflicts non-violently, while they become fit and learn skills to keep themselves safe.

Throughout its history, Thousand Waves has been at the forefront of developing martial arts and personal safety curricula for children. We provide learning experiences that are age and developmentally appropriate. The spirit building and non-competitive environment at our Center enables every child to be proud of doing their best and feel successful with their effort.

The skill building Seido Karate syllabus introduces material through a step by step process. Students’ effort and progress is rewarded through a ranking system of earned patches, belts, and certificates. When a student has memorized the curriculum and demonstrated commitment by taking the required number of classes, they are invited to promote to the next level in a celebratory public recital.

About 300 children currently study martial arts at Thousand Waves. Nearly 50 youth and teens younger than 15 have trained the five-plus years required to earn the junior black belt. Two of our senior adult black belt instructors, now in their mid-20’s, began training in the children’s program when they were six and 10 years old.

Thousand Waves is truly a school where children grow up together and become positive forces within their families and communities.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Program 3

Self-Defense Program

Our violence prevention programming operates within a field known as Empowerment-Based Self-Defense. Thousand Waves’ philosophy prioritizes awareness and verbal strategies for dealing with violence—and includes the use of physical techniques when needed—to help individual participants act early to interrupt violence before it starts.



Thousand Waves has been designing and implementing practical and effective self-defense programs since 1985. Participants learn mental, physical, and social skills that will help then move through the world with less fear and more confidence. We use the Five Fingers of Self-Defense (Think, Yell, Run, Fight, and Tell) to teach people how to accurately assess their risk and respond to violence before it escalates, while also teaching physical techniques to defend against direct physical and sexual assault. Classes are a mix of group discussion, role plays, and physical drills and activities. Our goal is to reduce both the prevalence and the harm of violence.

We offer programming to both individuals and groups.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Gays/Lesbians

Budget

Program 4

Adapted Seido Karate (ASK)

By combining the strengths and resources of Thousand Waves and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), we’ve been able to create a highly successful Adapted Seido Karate (ASK) Program within the Caring for Kids sport and recreation program at RIC. The program is coordinated by a dynamic team led by Sensei Rebecca Angevine. Classes meet Sunday afternoons from 1-2:30 at the Drucker Center, 1535 N. Dayton in Chicago, and are open to children with a physical disability between the ages of 5 and 17. Enrollment is handled by RIC – for more information, please contact Meghan Kapolnek at mkapolnek@ric.org. Thousand Waves members interested in volunteering with the program should contact Sensei Rebecca.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

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Program 5

Scholarship Program

Thousand Waves is committed to expanding access to all of our programs and to serving diverse communities. In support of this goal, a scholarship fund financed by individual donations as well as fundraising events has been in place since 1990. Since that time, the fund has distributed close to $400,000 in direct tuition assistance, both to individuals seeking to train at our Center and to non-profit community organizations, allowing them to sponsor trainings for staff or clients.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Illinois

Chicago, IL and surrounding areas

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Thousand Waves Foundation NFP
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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THOUSAND WAVES FOUNDATION

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Executive Director

Ryan Libel

Co-Director of Karate Programs

Nancy Lanoue

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Julie Palles

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