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Kenpo Lessons Sink In

Kenpo Lessons Sink In

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 listed. My daughter, age 13, asked why would someone kidnap a child. She was clearly rattled by the situation. … Read entire article »

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6 Karate Games We Play

6 Karate Games We Play

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 the winner lead the bow out for the evening. While we play a variety of karate games, here are … Read entire article »

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Thank you Mr. Parker

Thank you Mr. Parker

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 stories from those who did have a chance to know and train with him like a sponge. By … Read entire article »

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Do you train with intent?

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 apply what you can to your martial arts experience. Having trained and traveled for many years with Mr. … Read entire article »

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How do you learn to fight?

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 the end of the session for advanced belts, after he’d sparred all of us, he asked for questions. … Read entire article »

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Kenpo is Kenpo Right?

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 all over the world via Facebook, Twitter, or other social networking applications. You can visit with martial artists virtually … Read entire article »

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Deflection, then Infliction of Pain

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, is so important to the Kenpo system, it’s ingrained in all students from the very outset of training. Deflection … Read entire article »

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All Sizes Matter in Training

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 facet of karate training. My martial arts perspective is that of a 5′ 7″ person. But all of … Read entire article »

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What Disney World can teach about martial arts training

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 atmosphere. So I asked, What can Disney World teach us about training for martial arts? Expansive - With four … Read entire article »

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Big Step vs. Next Step

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, it seems like such a huge step up. (This viewpoint is common again from orange to purple, green to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Belt Promotion, Philosophy

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