Kenpo Karate is a martial art that came to America through Hawaii from James Mitose in 1936. Mitose promoted six students to black belt, among them were William Chow and Thomas Young. According to William Chow his father Hoon Chow was his teacher and he and Mitose just exchanged information and Mitose never taught him. Professor Chow changed the name from kempo to kenpo and is perhaps the person most responsible for promoting Kenpo karate or kempo karate in the United States. Grand master Edmund Parker brought kenpo karate to the mainland in 1954. For more kenpo karate history go to our kenpo history page.
At Masters Self Defense Centers you will receive the highest level of training available. Robert Nohelty and James Bryant are both black belts and awarded the title of Professor in Kenpo Karate, and have been studying for over 40 years and teaching professionally since 1976. Not only is your black belt instructor constantly upgraded in all facets of the martial arts, but while you progress a shihan will oversee your evaluation and training. Your chief instructor and shihan combine their talents to form a team that is impossible to beat!
We offer a variety of events throughout the year. The martial arts training that you receive fosters self confidence, self respect, and physical coordination. These qualities can improve your day to day activities both inside the dojo and out. Therefore the instructors at Masters Centers strongly recommend that students participate in these events to enjoy the benefits of healthy competition, participation, and especially camaraderie.
Masters Centers offer group and private lessons, as well as tournaments, seminars in kenpo \ kempo as well as other styles of martial arts. People have joined the dojo's for many reasons such as fitness, entertainment, self-defense, stress relief, and mental health. People of all ages will benefit from the exercise that kenpo \ kempo and the martial arts offer, both in group and private lessons.
We teach both empty hand Kenpo Karate and various martial arts weapons, such as sword, staff, sai's, kama, tonfa and escrima. Some schools also offer tai chi as well as kick boxing. Almost no other form of exercise can be done at any time or any place without equipment as easily and as beneficial as the martial arts.
Professor Robert Nohelty, Professor James Bryant and the instructors would like to welcome you to our web site, and invite you to stop in any one of our locations for more information on kenpo karate and our schools. Check our upcoming link for seminars and tournaments.
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