Month: April 2018

April 20, 2018 sensei

       Martial disciplines have a history as long as humans have been fighting each other, but they did not start to form into martial arts until around 500 a.d.  This is when it is generally agreed that the spiritual side and the “art” were introduced.  There are many stories as to how this…

April 20, 2018 sensei

       We at Kenpo Academy in partnership with Dragon Phoenix Martial Arts have been running the Alliance Tournament for 13 plus years now and with another one just around the corner, we thought we would get nostalgic and tell you about why we started it. The story starts with two instructors that had…

April 20, 2018 sensei

      Sensei roughly translates to “One who has come before”, this does not suggest that we know all there is to know about our art.  Instead, the meaning points at the truth. We are just a little farther down the pathand are here to help you navigate it.  We, a Sensei, cannot and do…

April 20, 2018 sensei

      “The only reason men fight is because they are insecure; one man needs to prove that he is better or stronger than another. The man who is secure within himself has no need to prove anything with force, so he can walk away from a fight with dignity and pride. He is…

April 20, 2018 sensei

What is the goal for your Martial Arts career? Is it to earn the right to wear a black belt? If so, when you get it, is that the end of your training? I have seen many students work very hard for a long time to get the highly coveted black belt and I am…

April 20, 2018 sensei

      When was the last time you were paired up in class to work with a partner?  If your school is anything like ours, it was probably the last time you were in class. So, why do martial arts schools use partner drills so much? It is because partner drills can be extremely…

April 20, 2018 sensei

     Why do so many Martial Arts Instructors force their students to practice dance routines?  They call them Forms or Kata but we know the truth, they are dances.  The Instructor will drill every move into their students, forcing them to repeat the sequences over and over and over … and over.  So, Why?…

April 20, 2018 sensei

      Combinations Are defenses against a punch, choreographed responses to different types of attacks.  They have many names across the martial arts but (in my experience) every art has a version of them.  This makes them different than forms because there are plenty of martial arts that have no forms.  What makes there…

April 20, 2018 sensei

       When starting the search for a martial arts school to begin your training you may think that all schools and styles are created equal.  This is not true!  Every style has a different focus, result, and method of teaching.  Instructors of the same style will also present the information differently depending on how…

April 20, 2018 sensei

      Parents have a lot of options when it comes to choosing activities that help get their children away from the TV. Deciding which will benefit the child the most and be fun enough that they do not hate you for forcing them to go to every practice or class is hard.  Martial Arts, or…