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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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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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Thank you Mr. Parker

Thank you Mr. Parker

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); December 15 is a special day in the Kenpo karate community. On that day in 1990 Senior Grandmaster Ed Parker, founder of American Kenpo, passed away. He could be (is) considered one of the fathers are American martial arts. His contribution to the modern karate community is unquestioned. Never having the pleasure to meet Mr. Parker, I soak up the … Read entire article »

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Do you train with intent?

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); In addition to Mr. Duffy and Mr. McCallum, the third instructor at the American Kenpo Federation annual Spirit Camp in early October was Mr. Dennis Conatser. Mr. Conatser is a fantastic teacher as he pushes you to think beyond the traditional movements of Kenpo. He wants you to discover avenues in Kenpo many don’t always explore and … Read entire article »

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How do you learn to fight?

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); One of the guest instructors at the recent American Kenpo Federation Spirit Camp was Mr. Ray McCallum. He’s a 9th degree black belt and a still-active, legend on the competitive tournament circuit. (To get a flavor of his fighting style, watch this!) Mr. McCallum was at camp giving lessons for all ages and skill levels on sparring. At … Read entire article »

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Kenpo is Kenpo Right?

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); When I first began in Kenpo, I was young and don’t remember much exposure to other martial artists. My karate circle was made up of only those in class and a few from tournaments. The only Kenpo we knew was that of our instructor. Fast forward to present day, and it’s easy to connect with Kenpoists from … Read entire article »

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Deflection, then Infliction of Pain

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); Deflection, then infliction of pain is a Kenpo concept all beginners learn (kids and adults) on the path to earning their first belt. At the core, it means you get out of the way of attack from an adversary and then reengage the opponent with the intent of stopping the confrontation. The philosophy, while easy to understand, … Read entire article »

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All Sizes Matter in Training

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); Let’s not mince words about it, I’m just not a tall person. At 5′ 7″, dunking a basketball is going to require a lot of creative engineering if I want to mark it off the to-do list. But it doesn’t bother me. This is who I am, and all I’ve ever known. Incorporating your height (or weight) is another … Read entire article »

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What Disney World can teach about martial arts training

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); Recently, the family and I took a vacation to Walt Disney World in Florida. It was a great time to get away and make memories. But being a Kenpoist, I was always looking around to see how my training affected my daily perceptions. One of the many things that impressed me was the efficiency of the whole … Read entire article »

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Big Step vs. Next Step

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); Each step along the martial arts path is simply placing one foot in front of the other and then repeat. Learn blocks, learn strikes, learn techniques, sparring, advancement are all steps of progress. But as simple as a concept as this might seem, the process often appears intimidating. To a beginner moving from white belt to yellow, … Read entire article »

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