What is Kenpo?

WHAT IS KENPO?
We teach Ed Parker's American Kenpo Karate. Kenpo is a modern self-defense system, featuring unusually fast hand and foot combinations that are practical and can be learned by the average person. Kenpo Karate is not a sport! We are learning how to protect ourselves from an attack.

WHY LEARN KENPO?
Some of our students have experienced the reality of street violence. We are happy to report that our techniques were effective and kept those students safe because Kenpo is designed to deal with the street situations. The techniques we practice are for actual self-defense situations and build self-confidence. The knowledge you acquire, coupled with practice will allow the movements to become embedded in your motor memory, giving you quick counterattack reflexes. It also gives you the ability to stand up to certain intimidating situations. Kenpo practice is great conditioning and increases your flexibility and strength. It is also mentally stimulating. We challenge you to think while you are working out.

WHAT MAKES KENPO DIFFERENT?
Kenpo is a realistic, down-to-earth self-defense system that employs sound logic and theoretical innovations not yet used in other systems. There are no competitive tournaments. Since there is no emphasis on rewarding students for defeating each other in a fight, they do not become combative. They learn to control their tempers and avoid trouble when possible. Our students learn Kenpo techniques are only to be used if they are in immediate danger.

WHO STUDIES KENPO?
Children ages 4 and up, men and women, "fit" as well as "unfit" can benefit from Kenpo Karate. Age doesn't matter, neither does physical conditioning. Although, we do offer classes in fitness if you wish to use Kenpo as a vehicle for weight loss, toning and conditioning. Since American Kenpo is purely a self-defense system it is especially practical and useful for women. Women can become just as competent as men in this art because most of the emphasis is on speed and flexibility rather than just muscle. Some or our female students take great pride in having an element of surprise for their attacker.

WHAT WILL KENPO DO FOR ME?
Depending on your dedication, learning and practicing Kenpo Karate, can give you a well defined, strong body and the presence of mind to counterattack anyone who wishes to do you harm on the street. Our friendly staff and student body is very respectful of anyone interested in learning Kenpo. We know it is challenging. The bond and friendships you form at Red Dragon can last a lifetime.

RED DRAGON KARATE STUDIO PLEDGE:
We pledge to treat all students fairly and with dignity and to encourage them to achieve their personal best.
We promise to teach our students the highest goal of the martial arts, to stop all fights before they begin.
We expect all students to treat each other with kindness, acceptance and fairness.
Lastly, any student acting in such a way that brings shame to Kenpo, our staff and our goals, will be dismissed.

SEE YOU AT THE STUDIO!