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3 Questions with Ken Sepulveda

[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: Ken Sepulveda
Practices martial arts at: Brian Duffy’s Kenpo Karate
Location of the school: Austin, TX

How did you get into martial arts? –
When I was a kid there were a couple of TV shows that I really loved.  It started with “The Green Hornet” in the 60’s. I watched this show to see Bruce Lee in action.  Then when I was 11, “Kung Fu” came on and I was enamored with martial arts.  I asked my parents if I could take lessons.  At that time there were only a couple of places to train and they enrolled me in Judo at the local YMCA in Southern California.  I trained here for a couple of years.  What really encouraged me was my first belt test.  There were probably 15 or 20 kids that tested and I was one of only two kids in the class that passed.

Mr. Sepuvleda and Mr. Bowley at Disciple Martial Arts Fellowship Camp

Mr. Sepuvleda and Mr. Bowley at Disciple Martial Arts Fellowship Camp

What is your first martial arts experience like or first memory? –
My first memory of martial arts was in my Judo class at the YMCA in 1971.  It was this huge hall or at least it seemed huge since I was just a kid at the time.  I had this gi which was way too short for my long lanky legs but I thought it was the coolest thing in the world.  I remember lining up for class thinking that I was going to be kicking and throwing people in no time at all.  That is not the way it went however.  We ended up doing excercises the entire class.  My most vivid memory was doing duck walks back and forth across the floor.  This was an old school instructor from China named David Chow.  At the time, I had no idea who this man was and was completely unaware of his techincal advising on the TV show “Kung Fu”.  Pretty ironic that the man I was learning Judo from also had a very influencial roll in the TV show that sparked my interest in martial arts.

Tell your favorite karate story –

When I was in college I started training in Kenpo.  That school later became affiliated with the NCKKA.  I remember my instructor, Michael Remine, talking about a camp in Texas and he really wanted me to go with him.  I could not afford it at the time and ended up staying home.  When he came back all he could talk about was how great this camp was and all the great Kenpoists that he had met.  He kept going on and on about the guy that organized the camp and what a great martial artist he was.  His name was Brian Duffy.  After a couple of years our school closed and I had a hard time finding another school that felt like “family” as this one had.  I ended up taking a 20 year vacation from martial arts until my wife and I moved to Austin.  When we moved here I had the urge to get back into martial arts and the name “Brian Duffy” drifted back in my head.  I looked it up and sure enough, he was still teaching in Austin.  I called up Professor Duffy and came in for a Tuesday night class.  The school was small with just a couple of people in the class.  As soon as I walked in and had my first lesson I knew I was home again.  It has been 4 years now since that day and I thank God for guiding me back here.  It is such an honor and privilege to be training under Professor Duffy.  He still teaches almost every class and I don’t think some of the students realize how rare this opportunity is.  I am incredibly proud to be one of his students.

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