- Do I have to register my hands when I become a black belt?
No, that is an urban myth. Martial Artists are not required to register their hands.
- I am 31 years old, am I too old to start martial arts?
No, you are not too old to begin martial arts training. I have had students start in their 50's and older. Kenpo is a practical and effective martial art that does not incorporate gymnastics.
- Do I have to go to the gym to get into shape before I begin my martial arts training?
No, you will get into shape as you train. We have a series of exercises that you will learn as you progress through the ranking system which will enable you to perform the self defense techniques.
- What is the difference between Tae Kwon Do and Kenpo?
Tae Kwon Do is a Korean Martial Art that focuses primarily on kicking techniques. Some Tae Kwon Do schools also teach Olympic style fighting. Kenpo is a practical self defense system which trains the student for modern day self defense encounters. Kenpo students are taught to use their hands and feet with multiple strikes to multiple targets on each attacker, in a multiple attack situation.
- I am very busy with my work schedule, how much time do I need to devote to the Martial Arts?
We recommend two 1 hour classes and one 30 minute private lesson per week. In addition, home practice is recommended.
- How long does it take to get a black belt?
In Kenpo Karate, it takes approximately 5 years to reach student black belt.
- What is a Black Belt?
The American Heritage dictionary defines a Black Belt as - The rank worn by an expert in a system of self defense such as Judo or Karate. A person with a high degree of skill in, or knowledge of a certain subject.
Additionally, I feel that a Black belt should be a world class athlete, always trying to improve their physical skills to master their system.
Some of the characteristics of a good Black Belt are being honest, courteous, humble, respectful and ethical. They should be a role model, a law abiding citizen and practice good hygiene.
Being a Black Belt is a way of life. A Black Belt should continue to practice and teach. By teaching they can pass on the knowledge of the system to future Black Belts and preserve what the old masters have dedicated their lives to for generations.