Privacy Policy

Your privacy is critically important to us. At Chicago Martial Arts, we have a few fundamental principles:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the ongoing operation of one of our services.
  • In our products & services, we aim to make it as simple as possible for you to control what’s visible to the public, seen by search engines, kept private, and permanently deleted.

It is Chicago Martial Arts’ policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Chicago Martial Arts collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Chicago Martial Arts’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Chicago Martial Arts’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Chicago Martial Arts may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Chicago Martial Arts also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on Webblogs. Chicago Martial Arts only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Chicago Martial Arts’ websites choose to interact with Chicago Martial Arts in ways that require Chicago Martial Arts to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Chicago Martial Arts gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. Those who engage in transactions with Chicago Martial Arts are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Chicago Martial Arts collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Chicago Martial Arts. Chicago Martial Arts does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

Chicago Martial Arts may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Chicago Martial Arts may monitor the most popular blogs on the Website or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. Chicago Martial Arts may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Chicago Martial Arts does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Chicago Martial Arts discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Chicago Martial Arts’ behalf or to provide services available at Chicago Martial Arts’ websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Chicago Martial Arts’ websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Chicago Martial Arts will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Chicago Martial Arts discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Chicago Martial Arts believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Chicago Martial Arts, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Chicago Martial Arts website and have supplied your email address, Chicago Martial Arts may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Chicago Martial Arts and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Chicago Martial Arts takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Chicago Martial Arts uses cookies to help Chicago Martial Arts identify and track visitors, their usage of Chicago Martial Arts website, and their website access preferences. Chicago Martial Arts visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Chicago Martial Arts’ websites, with the drawback that certain features of Chicago Martial Arts’ websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If Chicago Martial Arts, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Chicago Martial Arts goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Chicago Martial Arts may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.


Comments and other content submitted to our Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives or missed spam, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives and missed spam.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Chicago Martial Arts may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Chicago Martial Arts’ sole discretion. Chicago Martial Arts encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Chicago Martial Arts used content from Automattic’s Privacy Policy in accordance with their Creative Commons license to create this Privacy Policy.