(Kenpo Karate for ages 12+)
Kenpo Karate trains motor coordination, flexibility, strength and conditioning, and continued development of the mind and body. Practice and develop the skills of martial combat and performance art in a healthy, supportive atmosphere.
A martial artist skilled in Kenpo Karate is capable of defending themselves from harm in the street, expressing themselves through physical form in recreation or competition, and physically skilled at striking with the hands and feet.
Every Kenpo class affords students the opportunity to develop these skills and more. Imagine the confidence you will earn knowing what you are capable of physically and mentally.
What is Kenpo?
Kenpo means fist law. It is a Japanese translation of the Chinese word, “Chuan Fa”. As with most martial arts in the modern world there is great dispute about the details of Kenpo’s history, but many sources site that Chuan Fa was brought to Japan, from China, in the 13th century CE where it was incorporated with the family art of a Japanese clan called the Yoshida clan.
Through the next seven centuries this art would evolve into a martial arts style called Kosho Kenpo, which loosely translated means Old Pine Tree Kenpo.
Kosho Kenpo was practiced in Japan until it was brought to the United States in the early 1930’s when a Yoshida clan descendant, and inheritor of Kosho Kenpo, named James (Masayoshi) Mitose began to teach Kosho Kenpo in Hawaii. Over the next several decades this style of Karate evolved into the many different forms of Kenpo studied today in North America, and across the world.