Structure of Instruction
- Techniques – Kenpo Karate is a technique-driven discipline. The core of the system lies in creating a vocabulary of motion through the learning of specific responses to specific attacks. Techniques focus on a full spectrum of situations, from punches and kicks to knife and gun attacks as well as locks and chokes. The most common attacks have the most techniques focused on them.
- Forms – Forms or Kata are a preset series of blocks and strikes created to teach the student timing and angles of attack and defense. Forms simulate attacks form multiple attackers from all sides.
- Sets – Sets focus on the most basic parts of Kenpo Karate. They focus on strikes, blocks and stances among other skills.
- Freestyle – Freestyle is the sparring component of Kenpo Karate. The practice of freestyle will begin by learning a series of base combinations. This will progress to free-sparring in a controlled environment with an emphasis on learning and safety.
- Testings will take place during specified class times.
- Intermediate testings (stripes) for Kids Kenpo students will be done in regular class time.
- At Beginner and Intermediate levels (Yellow through Green) these will be broad group tests.
- At Advanced levels (Brown and Black) these will be in smaller groups and will take place at special scheduled times.
- Adults will be tested at each level on that belt’s cumulative material.
- Kids Kenpo students will be tested at regular intervals at each rank (belt color) and receive a stripe to note their progress.
- Kids Kenpo beginner students will not have a cumulative test, but will complete that belt’s requirements and a select number of techniques from that level’s material.