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Reflections on the 2014 Texas Kenpo Conference

Reflections on the 2014 Texas Kenpo Conference

Sometimes the Kenpo community comes together for a truly awe inspiring event. This past weekend was one of those times. The 2014 Texas Kenpo Conference was put on by Lee Wedlake and Steve White at Rancho Cortez in Bandera, Texas. It really was one for the history books. Like the 2012 Kenpo Senior Conference, classes were taught by the 4 lineage heads: Sigung Stephen LaBounty, Mr. Bob White, Mr. John Sepulveda, and Mr. Lee Wedlake. Some … Read entire article »

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Brian Duffy and Dennis Conatser Seminar Notes

Brian Duffy and Dennis Conatser Seminar Notes

At the end of March 2014, Mr. Brian Duffy and Mr. Dennis Conatser Sr were at Stronghold Martial Arts in Webb City, MO to give belt tests and seminars. These are a few of the thoughts jotted down after the exams and classes. Concepts and Ideas Always cover out. Especially in practice When doing Long Form 1, the block-strike portion should be done quickly and with a lot of power. The most important move in a technique is the … Read entire article »

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Rich Hale Seminar Notes

Rich Hale Seminar Notes

These are the notes I jotted down after a three hour seminar with Rich Hale at Oscar Steele Studios. This was the third Rich Hale seminar I’ve attended, and I highly recommend making your way to his class any time he teaches. (For all the Kenpo Police out there, these notes are not the definitive ways to do these techniques, but more ideas to try.) Concepts & Thoughts: Use height, width, and depth to take away opponent’s … Read entire article »

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Review: Parables of American Kenpo by Dennis Conatser Sr.

Review: Parables of American Kenpo by Dennis Conatser Sr.

[Editor's note: This review was not sponsored in any way. However I am a huge fan of Mr. Conatser, so it won't be unbiased either. If it were possible to have the review only be "BUY THE VIDEO", it would be.] Some people come to Kenpo Karate for the self-defense, an edge in a fight. Others come for the exercise, or maybe even the camaraderie. But if you stay with Kenpo for a while, it’s for … Read entire article »

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Going From I Get It to I GET IT

Going From I Get It to I GET IT

In a sales training class, the teacher expounded upon the idea of transference. For complex sales situations, you have a better chance for success when the idea your trying to convey (sell) becomes the prospect’s idea. This usually happens when they can visualize how they’ll use your service to improve their own situation. They go from “getting” what your product does to “GETTING” how they’ll make their job/situation/goals better. This concept of transference, going from get … Read entire article »

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Kenpo Senior Conference Reflections

Kenpo Senior Conference Reflections

A couple of weekends ago, a group of us drove to Austin, Texas to participate in the first Kenpo Senior Conference. The event had about 80 Kenpoists from all over the world, and it was the best karate weekend we’ve ever been a part of. It was amazing to be among so much energy and desire to perpetuate the Art. There were a variety of classes on Friday night taught by some of the chief lieutenants … Read entire article »

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Karate Drills: The Technique Line

Karate Drills: The Technique Line

One the best ways to see how someone is as a martial artist is to watch how they move. Are they in control of their body? Are they controlling their opponent’s body? Do the movements and control seem to flow naturally? Skills such as these take time to develop. And one of the best drills to develop these traits is the technique line. For technique lines, karate students line up in single file. (Multiple lines if … Read entire article »

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When do you start teaching?

When do you start teaching?

During a recent Kenpo class, one of the students asked “When do you start teaching?” The girl who asked is a pretty sharp 12 year old. She clarified to mean do all black belts teach or learn to teach. At the time of this writing, I’m not yet a black belt, but have been teaching for a while at our school because Kenpo is something I’m very passionate about. Students learn best from people who … Read entire article »

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