The Golden Lion Academy provides regular events to enhance students’ martial arts growth, build comaraderie and to encourage strong family values. GLA also actively participates in philanthropy through volunteerism, demonstrations, food drives and other events.

Check out our calendar to see how you can participate.

About Us

The Golden Lion Academy is a family organization dedicated to it’s participants. Students within the Academy are encouraged/ challenged to excel inside and outside class in everyday life. Our commitment to the students has helped to develop countless numbers of individuals over the past 20 years. The instructors of the Golden Lion Academy strive for a well rounded education for the students.

Kum Saja Do

Kum Saja Do is a blend of six martial art disciplines that comprise both soft and hard techniques.  By integrating Tae Kwon Do, Hapki-Do, Judo, Kick Boxing, Kung Fu, and Weaponry, Kum Saja Do is a well rounded martial art that basis all of its techniques around the principle of practicality.



Grand Master John Paoli

Message  from John Paoli, Grand Master of The Golden Lion Academy:

GLA strongly believes that learning, practicing and participating in martial arts should be affordable without sacrificing quality. Martial arts should not be a financial burden, it should be affordable and accessible for everyone.

Whether you are looking to get in shape, learn self-defense, or learn the history, language, and techniques of martial arts, GLA operates through various Park Districts thereby providing an easily accessible and affordable solution to learn martial arts.

The focus of the Golden Lion Academy combines the disciplines of Tae Kwon Do, Hapki-do, Judo, Kick Boxing, Weaponry, and Kung-fu.

GLA Share Program

The Golden Lion Academy is excited to introduce a brand new program to serve its students.  The purpose is to provide students the opportunity to participate more frequently with a wider variety of instructors through participation between park districts.  This program allows students to participate in classes multiple times a week, even if their home …

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Student announcement

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