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Tom Scott

Sensei Tom Scott is a retired police Lieutenant from the Sycamore Police Department. Lt. Scott has served over thirty years in the law enforcement profession starting in 1976 as a DeKalb County Sheriff's Police Explorer, Sandwich Police Dispatcher, Somonauk Police Patrolman, Cortland Police Officer, and various roles at Sycamore Police from juvenile officer, D.A.R.E./School Reasource Officer, investigator, under-cover officer, police arrest and control instructor, Elderly Service Officer, interim police chief  and Commander of Community Services. Tom is currently certified through the Illinois Department on Aging as an Adult Protection Services Investigator.  Tom has been practicing martial arts since the late 1970's has presented self-defense and safety programs to his community for over thirty years. Sensei Tom is an 8th degree black belt in Isshin-Ryu Karate and certified to teach Tai Chi for Health and R.A.D Kids and R.A.D. for Women Safety programs. His dream to open up a family martial arts school became reality in early 2014 when he and his four black belt sons opened the doors to Hero Martial arts.


Tom Scott instructs the following:
  • Tomorrow's Heroes (4-10)
  • Tomorrow's Heroes (children) programs are based upon the TENKAICHI-DO system. Children focused programs will train students in self-discipline, motor coordination, physical self-defense, verbal de-escalation, bully prevention, child predator escape, active shooter safety, and other skills. This is achieved through the use of active games, role playing, and physical and mental exercises. Students will learn skills to help empower them to make appropriate choices in response to threatening situations and work towards developing themselves as a confident and unique human being.

  • Today's Heroes (11-13)
  • Today's Heroes (pre-teen-teens) programs are based upon the TENKAICHI-DO system. This translates to " The Path of the strongest under the Heavens" or more literally "Best on Earth". This system adapts to the modern world using techniques from various martial arts. The arts included are Karate, Muay Thai, Northern Shaolin Kung Fu,Jeet Kune Do, Apache Knife fighting,Combat Sambo,Krav Maga and more. TENKAICHI-DO is a two branch system-meaning that it teaches and exercises both martial arts techniques as well as physical attributes (strength,speed,agility,reflexes,etc.) as they are seen as equally important within this system. Where many traditional martial arts focus on forms and set movements, these programs will focus heavily on drills and interactive scenarios. Hero Combative and Tomorro's Heroes are based on the following 4 cycle systems: KICKBOXING,CLOSE QUARTER COMBAT (CQC),GRAPPLING and WEAPONS training. Children focused programs will promote training through practice by use of active games, roll playing and exercises. Students will learn skills to help empower him/her to make appropriate choices in response to threatening situations.


  • Tai Chi for Health
  • This unique easy going program is great for adults, especially seniors, or anyone needing a break from the daily grind. May be taught to participants standing or sitting. With physician consent, it is largely recommended for adults recovering from certain injury or illness as appropriate physical theraphy.  This Tai Chi (meaning Grand Ultimate) is based on the Sun (pronounced Soong) style of Tai Chi. This slow, graceful form may increase flexibility, energy, muscle strength, balance, correct body posture and integrate mind, body and spirit.  This "meditation in motion" is perfect for any adult wishing to reduce stress and improve flexibility and develope strong graceful movements. This easy to learn  program is benefitial to adults with or without percieved physical limitations. This Tai Chi program is practiced world wide for health and wellness.  Many arthritis foundations and organizations support this program around the world. Powerful Qigong exercises are also taught to improve relaxation and facilitate healing.  Taught by Tom Scott, a certified Tai Chi for Health/Arthritis Instructor under Dr. Paul Lam.