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My Green Belt Test

My Green Belt Test

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); My daughter, Serra, age 13 has been doing Kenpo with me since she just turning 10. Serra learns in our school, helps teach the kids class, and has trained (and sparred) with most of the black belts in Mr. Duffy’s American Kenpo Federation. She’s worked hard and has developed into her own martial artist. Back in November … Read entire article »

Filed under: At Disciple Martial Arts, Belt Promotion, Personal Stories

Kenpo Lessons Sink In

Kenpo Lessons Sink In

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); The other night, while driving home from the movies, my oldest daughter and I saw an electronic billboard on the side of the highway. The sign had been updated to say a child had been kidnapped in our home town of McKinney, Texas earlier in the day. The description of the car and license plate were also … Read entire article »

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Karate Drill: Defending the Line

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); For each Kenpo karate belt and/or stripe test in our AKF organization, there is sparring involved. Usually it’s the last part of the test and lasts 45 minutes to an hour. The opening sparring portion is traditionally one-on-one matches with the goal being to see good movement, use of the basics, and solid technique incorporation. The last portion is designed to raise it up a notch and find the top end point for each person. The method used most often right now, especially for the kids, is the drill Defending the Line. The person being tested has a point on the mat they need to defend, usually it’s a piece of tape: The … Read entire article »

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6 Karate Games We Play

6 Karate Games We Play

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); Each class we try to spend the last 10 to 15 minutes playing a game. The games usually are a reinforcement of many of the Kenpo concepts or drills we cover in class, but also act as a reward for the hard work put in on the mat. Often there isn’t a prize, however we sometimes have … Read entire article »

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How Hard to Hit

How Hard to Hit

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); Recently a fellow Kenpoist, Rick Queary, who comes up to our school to spar, posted an interesting story on his blog about being the class bully. It’s definitely worth reading. To summarize, Mr. Queary felt some guilt after dealing a few (non-permanent) injuries during a sparring class. He was told his hits were too hard. After pondering … Read entire article »

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Kids as Role Models

Kids as Role Models

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); We’ve just about grown our school to the point where we need a kids class separate from the adult class. (Right now they’re mixed by rank instead.) So after talking the would-be schedule over with some of the parents, we were decided on a course of action. We are going to create a kids class for ages … Read entire article »

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Demos and Sparring at Disciple Martial Arts Fall Festival

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); In early November, a few students of Bowley Kenpo Karate participated in demos at the Disciple Martial Arts Fall Festival.  It’s a great event we are thrilled to support.  Kids and adults did a mix of forms and “Bad Guy Won’t Die” techniques. The night prior to the demo was a belt test for all the junior students. Following are a few videos from the demo. The first video shows all the junior students doing Short Form 2, Long Form 1, Short Form 1, and Linear Short Form 1 choreographed together. In this video, adults as attackers where the kids have to do 5 techniques. The drill is called “Bad Guy Won’t Die” and each … Read entire article »

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Doing karate with kids

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); 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 … Read entire article »

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