BJJ Is About Community

Get out of your comfort zone and learn the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a martial art and self defense system that is both effective and efficient.


At first glance, BJJ seems intimidating since it’s a combat sport.  On the other hand, the community and resilience you will gain from mastering the art is a gratifying feeling. The amount of support a student can receive from the instructors will empower you to become a stronger athlete.  

Ilya’s BJJ provides a safe fitness training to individuals and groups interested in improving their overall fitness and health. Instructor and owner, Ilya Bodnya, who has a black belt, will guide you by breaking down the moves and avoiding common mistakes to progress quickly.

What separates Jiu-Jitsu apart from all other martial arts is the use of the guard. This unique attack position and system keeps your opponent trapped and always in danger of the submission. You will learn BJJ submission techniques like joint locks and chokes, as well as the ability to escape from dangerous uncomfortable positions. Students will learn all these skills in sequence for best results.

If you’re intrigued to test out your skills at BJJ, Ilya welcomes you to give it a whirl! Anyone is invited to discover jiu-jitsu and no experience is needed. And remember…your first class is FREE!

Adult Classes Tues 6pm-7pm Wed 6pm-7pm Thurs 6pm-7pm Sat 1030am-1130am

Kids Classes (Ages 6-13) Tues 5pm-545pm Thurs 5pm-545pm

Women’s Only Classes Tues 730pm-830pm Thurs 730pm-830pm

Ilya’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is located at 2068 First St. Highland Park. IL. For more information, please visit or call (847) 943-9611.


Downtown Highland Park, an upscale outdoor shopping destination with over 100 shops and 40+ restaurants, is expanding its flair for fashion with the addition of five new stores in town.

Here’s the list:

Alchemy & Cloth – 1854 First Street. A European-inspired fashion boutique with an edgy style. In addition to apparel and accessories, styling services include closet editing, wardrobe restyling, and personal shopping. Owner Carla Levi found her niche in fashion merchandising for Jolie Femme, an avant-garde style boutique in Winnetka. Levi believes fashion is “not about boundaries, rules, or a need for validation; it’s about confidence, self-expression and the desire to curate a style that is uniquely yours.”  Furthermore, “fashion is powerful in that it allows you to be self-expressive without uttering a word.”

Vintage Bliss & Co. – 1822 Second Street. Boutique for artisan jewelry, apparel, handcrafted soaps and more. After opening Queen Bee Artisan Market, an artisanal market in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, owner Nancy Gissendaner decided to land a second location in downtown Highland Park. According to Nancy, “Vintage Bliss is a jewelry studio, as well as home to artisan-made clothes and gifts that are new, yet vintage-inspired.”  Vintage Bliss will host a Girls Night Out and Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, September 7th from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Raffles, refreshments and giveaways for all who attend (including a free charm from the charm bar). Enjoy 10% off anything purchased and a portion of all sales will go to the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA). Beelow’s NorthShore is offering a 25% discount to all those attending the Girls Night Out event.

Sanctuary by Vintage Nest – 458 Central Avenue. Specializing in time-worn furniture, vintage home decor and women’s accessories and clothing. This is Vintage Nest’s second location, with their first located in The Glen. Express your inner desire to get creative and shop for farmhouse, architectural and industrial-inspired designs. “Our collection of plush velvet pumpkins and fall accessories are the perfect items for decorating your home in the upcoming season,” said owner Mindy.

The WEARhouse – 1833 Second Street. Men’s & Women’s athleisure wear. Grand Opening October 2, 2017. Authentic Kit & Ace merchandise on sale for up to 50% off. Don’t miss this opportunity! Open Thursday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Final Sale – 1883 Second Street. A designer sample store operated by the Marcus Lemonis Fashion Group. Search extensive racks for the best deals in town on jeans, women’s and men’s apparel, and accessories. Premium brands of jeans include 1961, FRAME, Joe Jeans, McGuire, AG, Paige, and J Brand.