MG Kenpo Academy
Martial Arts, Fitness & Tactical Self Defense
A Jeff Speakman 5.0 Franchise Charter School
Our Roots of Kenpo
“I WANT YOU TO ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT KENPO WILL ALWAYS BE THE ART OF PERPETUAL CHANGE….IF YOU REMEMBER THIS THEN THE ART WILL NEVER BECOME OBSOLETE”….”THE IGNORANT REFUSE TO STUDY AND THE INTELLIGENT NEVER STOP"
Senior Grand Master - Edmund K. Parker Sr.
Although we primarily teach Jeff Speakman's Kenpo 5.0, our roots will always be Ed Parker's American Kenpo Karate. Kenpo is known for it's explosive speed and power. Based on the practical application of self defense techniques, Kenpo Karate, simply stated, is designed to work.
If you are ever faced by a real attacker, it becomes crucial to dispense with him (or them) immediately. In order to accomplish this you need to have trained in a marital art that, not only built your confidence and self-esteem, but provided you with effective self defense techniques.
Futhermore your school must have taken the time to train you in how to apply these techniques effectively. Anything less is simply not acceptable.
Some martial art schools are teaching movements that were originally intended for exercise, as a legitimate means of self defense. Although some of these schools have evolved into practical and efficient self defense systems, there are others that should come with a warning label "Not to be used in case of actual emergency."
Other schools are structured around the rules of tournament competition, and don't train their students for practical self defense. For example there are schools who give one point for a punch to the head and two points for a kick to the head. Then by applying a rule that states you can not catch your opponents kicking leg, or sweep your opponents supporting leg, they leave their students unprepared for what may happen in an actual street confrontation.
In order to achieve power the Kenpo stylist starts by relaxing the muscles. The arms and legs move much faster when they are relaxed than when they are tense. Then, just prior to contact, the muscles exert their entire force. As a result a student, properly trained in the art of Kenpo, is capable of creating tremendous power.
Of course, being powerful is good, but if you're beat to the punch, all is lost. In order to achieve the greatest speed possible, the Kenpo stylest conserves motion/time. This is done is three major ways. First, movements are direct; unnecessary cocking or winding up motion is eliminated. Second, at the advanced stage the "ands" are eliminated. Instead of blocking "and" striking, the defense and offense occur simultaneously. In other words, we strike "with" our block. Third, by combining several strikes into one basic motion, combinations of multiple strikes become much faster.
During the early stages of Kenpo training, considerable attention is given to pre-set sequences. This develops the students coordination and builds confidence. At the advanced level the student becomes able to alter the technique sequence at will.
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