Kenpo Karate

Our Kenpo Karate is the karate style that we start our adults in. Our Kenpo is a traditional style that has Chinese and Japanese origins and was brought to the mainland America via Hawaii by Ed Parker. We maintain a strong instructor base and offer the opportunity to learn Kenpo 7 days a week.

The instruction is based on a one-on-one half hour session weekly or bi-weekly and then reinforced by daily group classes that will help strengthen your basics and physical conditioning.

Although individuals under 18 can still take Kenpo, we encourage under 18 to participate of one of our Age Specific Martial Arts programs.

Kenpo Origins

The origins of Kenpo, like the origins of the “way of the warrior”, can be found in China. Noble Japanese families often sent their sons to study martial arts in China; when the sons returned, they would teach what they had learned to others in the family and the teachings would be handed down from generation to generation. One such Japanese family was the Mitose family. A descendent of the family, who lived in Hawaii, named James Mitose, had learned Kenpo and was also an expert in the Japanese grappling and joint0locking art known as “ju-jitsu.” When he began teaching martial arts in Hawaii, he incorporated grappling and joint twisting techniques into his study of Kenpo, and he called the resulting mix of styles “Kenpo Ju-Jitsu.”

William Chow studied martial arts with Mitose. Chow had learned a style of martial arts from southern China known as Hung Gar Kung Fu. Chow took the Kenpo he learned from Mitose, adding to it the knowledge of Hung Gar Kung Fu which he had gained, and he called the resulting hybrid style “Shaolin Kenpo.”

Hung Gar arose the southern Shaolin Temple in China was destroyed by the oppressive Ching dynasty. One fleeing monk, Gee Sim Sum See, hid from the Ching warriors among the floating boats of southern China, teaching his skills covertly to others who wanted to rebel against the Ching dynasty. Because the boats were usually painted red, the fighting style became known as “Red Style”, which in Chinese is pronounced “Hung Gar”.

Kenpo came to the mainland of America as a result of a man named Edmund K. Parker. Parker was a Hawaiian who had studied Shaolin Kenpo with William Chow, but who recognized that it was not enough to just learn the old forms and repeat them. Parker saw the need to change the way martial arts is taught from what is called “traditional” practice to a more self-defense oriented study. The ancient Chinese martial arts, Parker thought, were primarily oriented toward exercise and conditioning rather than actual hand-to-hand combat. Effective fighting would result from taking the stylized movements of the traditional forms and making them into functional motions designed to make contact. Parker’s great contribution to the martial arts was his scientific study of the traditional marts movements and his refining of those movements into the most effective empty had fighting method known today. That scientific refinement of the traditional martial arts is what we today call “Kenpo” in America.

Class Schedule

 

Private Lessons and Group Classes

Monday

Group Class: 6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.

Tuesday – Fight Night

               Sparring Drills: 6:30 P.M. - 7:15 P.M.

                          Sparring: 7:15 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

*Note: Adult sparring is open to any adult

Thursday

Group Class: 6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.

Sunday

Group Class: 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Sunday – Tournament / Black Belt Club Practice

12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. or later

Note: One-on-one lessons occur 7 days per week at the agreed time.