If you’re looking to increase your conditioning, coordination, balance, and develop quicker reflexes, you’re in the right place!
Why learn martial arts?
“…martial arts programs are more effective than other physical activities at reducing aggression and hostility and increasing self-esteem, self-control, and self-confidence.” (Source – Binder, Brad. “Psychosocial Benefits of Martial Arts: Myth or Reality? A Literature Review.” 1999.)
“People who continue to practice the martial arts for prolonged periods are different from the general populace in these ways: they have a lower level of anxiety; an increased sense of responsibility; they are less likely to be radical; they have an increased level of self-esteem; and they are more socially intelligent.” (Source – Psychology Today, May 1985.)
What is KENPO?
KENPO is the original mixed martial arts system. The art leverages the best ideas from all the major martial arts systems along with its own unique contributions. It is those differences, in our opinion, that make KENPO stand out from the rest.
KENPO blends striking, kicking and grabbing moves into one powerful self-protection system that anyone can learn.
According to many martial arts historians, KENPO was created by William Kwai Sun Chow. From there, it was popularized by Ed Parker first in Hawaii and, later, on the American mainland. Although it’s often categorized as an American martial art, the style’s name is written with the same Chinese characters as Chuan Fa, a generic Chinese term for martial art. Kenpo training emphasizes a scientific approach to combat and features techniques influenced by various Chinese, Japanese and Hawaiian arts. Many forms are taught, and rapid-fire hand techniques and combinations are often used. (Source – Black Belt Magazine)
Where did KENPO originate?
KENPO in America started in Provo, Utah. A Hawaiian Black Belt by the name of Ed Parker brought it to the mainland while he was attending BYU. After graduating, he moved to Pasadena California where he opened the first commercial martial arts school in America and taught Hollywood’s elite.
Before developing his system, Parker trained in Kenpo, Karate, Jujitsu, Western Boxing, and Judo. He was also a street fighter who grew up in a rough area of Honolulu, HI. He combined all these experience to form his Americanized martial art system of KENPO.
We belong to the American Kenpo Karate International association. It was founded by Paul Mills who was a former World Champion fast draw artist and one of only a handful of people having trained directly at Mr. Parker’s home.
How do your belt ranks work?
Everyone starts at a white belt and works their way up to black belt. On average it takes about four years to receive a black belt at Arrowhead Martial Arts.
Here’s how it works:
- White belt
- Yellow belt
- Orange belt
- Purple belt
- Blue belt
- Green belt
- 1st Degree Brown belt
- 2nd Degree Brown belt
- 1st Degree Black Belt belt
Who is KENPO for?
KENPO is specifically designed for a smaller person to defeat a larger attacker.
No matter your age, gender or experience level… whether you’re in shape or out of shape… strong or weak… tall or short… in shape or out of shape… you can do this!
- You don’t need any previous training…
- You don’t have to be flexible…
- You don’t have to be strong…
- You don’t need to be athletic…
- You don’t have to compete…
- You don’t have to be in shape…
Why not give it a try?