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3 Questions with Josh Hanson

[Editor's Note - 3 Questions is a continuing interview series of martial artists who have become friends to Bowley Kenpo Karate either in real life or online. If you would be interested in participating in 3 Questions, please drop us a line. ] Name: Josh Hanson Practices martial arts at: American Kenpo Karate Academy Location of the school: Manassas, VA How did you get into martial arts? - The story of how I first started in Martial Arts is pretty … Read entire article »

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What motivates you?

Why do you walk this path? Motivation. To progress along this Kenpo path takes a lot of drive and determination. This journey has many highs and lows. Moving forward during the highs is easy. But trudging forward during the lows requires you to have laser focus about why you’re here. Do you know what your’s is? Is it discipline? If you come to me looking for a martial arts drill sergeant, I’m going to disappoint you. We’re loud when we … Read entire article »

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3 Questions with Robert Luellen

[Editor's Note - 3 Questions is a continuing interview series of martial artists who have become friends to Bowley Kenpo Karate either in real life or online. If you would be interested in participating in 3 Questions, please drop us a line. ] Name: Robert Luellen Practices martial arts at: American Kenpo Legacy Association Location of the school: Louisville, KY How did you get into martial arts? - When I was 16 was my first real leap into the martial arts via the RyuKyu Kempo school.  I had seen a movie called “The Perfect Weapon”, and wanted to be that guy, and attain a sense of confidence I didn’t possess. What is your first martial arts experience like or first memory? - Well my first class was when I was 5.  I had been attending an aerobics … Read entire article »

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The Kenpo is strong with this one

Story time. In the fall of 1990 I started my sophomore year of high school. It was my second year living in the town of Celina and while I made friends, that year I would make many who would become lifelong. One afternoon in the workout gym, I was approached by a football player (jock?) who said he’d heard I knew karate. With constant pressure from him, I gave in to his requests to show him something. I asked him to attack me with a regular punch. Then did Five Swords. So began my career in sales and my friendship with Mr. Damian Wilson. He was sold and told me if Kenpo was all like that, then he wanted to learn it. Not having been in a formal martial arts class since we … Read entire article »

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3 Questions with John Guzman

[Editor's Note - 3 Questions is a continuing interview series of martial artists who have become friends to Bowley Kenpo Karate either in real life or online. If you would be interested in participating in 3 Questions, please drop us a line. ]  Name: John Guzman Practices martial arts at:Brian Duffy’s Kenpo Karate Location of the school: Austin, TX How did you get into martial arts? - I remember, as a kid, I was always the smallest. I was 9yrs old when my father enrolled me to learn self-defense. My late Uncle (Jesse Renteria Nunez) was a Kenpo Black Belt at the time.  He told my father not to bother with comparing schools. Just  find a Kenpo school and that’s all we would need. So, in 1984, I joined Kenpo Karate of South Austin. Head Instructor- Brian … Read entire article »

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Doing karate with kids

If you’ve never been in a family style martial arts class, it’s an experience to be tried and appreciated. Family style means kids and adults work in class together. Classes such as these allow parents and children to share their martial arts journey together even if their particular curriculum is different. This is how we run classes at our school, and it’s special for a variety of reasons. Change of Pace - In an adult class we often tend to focus on a single point or technique for the majority of class. With kids though, their attention doesn’t like to hold that long. So we change the pace quite a bit moving from topic or drill to new exercise. Everyone usually enjoys the faster pace because of the varieties of information … Read entire article »

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Control Freaks

Martial artists are, by their very nature, control freaks. They seek to have control over their opponents in a fight situation. For example: Kick a target causing the opponent to fall a certain direction or pin an arm this way to check off the rest of his body. But before you can control the opponent, you have to first control yourself. Controlling yourself must be done physically and mentally. Physical self control - Basics. Basics. Basics. Practice. Practice. Practice. To move quickly with power and fluidity requires hours upon hours of drills and practice. What’s more, the Kenpo system is built upon layers of understanding the principles of motion. You can’t learn flashy spin moves without first mastering your stance. Mastering the stances takes thousands of repetitions. This is also true for building … Read entire article »

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