What is Kenpo Karate?


Kenpo, also known as Kenpo Karate, is a modern martial art that originated in the United States. It is a self-defense system that incorporates various techniques from traditional Japanese and Chinese martial arts, as well as influences from Western boxing and wrestling. Developed in the early 20th century by martial artist William K.S. Chow and later by his student Ed Parker, Kenpo Karate has become one of the most popular martial arts styles in the world.


History of Kenpo

Kenpo Karate can trace its roots back to the ancient martial arts of China and Japan. In the early 1900s, William K.S. Chow began studying Chinese martial arts from his father, who was a practitioner of Southern Shaolin Kung Fu. Chow then went on to study Japanese martial arts, including Judo and Jiu Jitsu. He combined these techniques to create his own style of self-defense, which he called Kenpo.

Ed Parker, a student of Chow’s, further developed the style, emphasizing practical self-defense techniques and incorporating elements of Western boxing and wrestling. Parker’s system of Kenpo Karate became very popular in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s, and today, it is one of the most widely practiced martial arts in the world.


Philosophy of Kenpo

Kenpo Karate emphasizes practical self-defense techniques that can be used in real-life situations. Students are taught to use their bodies as weapons, using strikes, kicks, and throws to disable attackers. Kenpo also emphasizes mental and emotional discipline, teaching students to stay calm and focused in stressful situations.

Kenpo Karate also emphasizes the importance of personal development and self-improvement. Through regular practice, students can improve their physical fitness, coordination, and self-confidence. The principles of Kenpo Karate can be applied to all aspects of life, helping students to become better people both inside and outside the dojo.


Techniques of Kenpo

Kenpo Karate incorporates a wide variety of techniques from different martial arts styles. These include strikes, kicks, throws, joint locks, and pressure points.  One of the unique aspects of Kenpo Karate is its use of “forms,” which are prearranged sequences of movements that simulate self-defense situations. Forms are used to teach students the proper execution of techniques and to develop muscle memory.

Kenpo Karate also emphasizes sparring, or “kumite,” in which students practice their techniques against a live opponent. Sparring helps students to develop timing, distance, and control, and is an important part of preparing for real-life self-defense situations.


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At Innovative Martial Arts Academy, our Martial Arts training offers men, women, and children the opportunity to challenge their bodies and minds without the threat of injury and intimidation. Take on the best training in disciplines like Aikido, Kenpo Karate, and Kali, and build your skills one day at a time with the help of our dedicated instructors

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