American Kenpo Karate is a modern self-defense art, which is characterized by the use of quick moves in rapid-fire succession. Created by late Grand Master Ed Parker he styled a realistic method of self-defense, using all our weapons, like hands, fingers, elbows, knees and feet in ways that anyone can perform. It emphasizes speed, power, agility and accuracy, but requires no special strength or abilities. The multitude of fast strikes has a dual purpose. The strikes may overwhelm an opponent but more importantly, the various strikes demonstrate to the practitioner that there are many options should the technique not work as planned. Kenpo movements will help develop better coordination, increased strength and flexibility. One of American Kenpo’s biggest strength is its accessibility to everyone.
Our students are also taught the art of boxing by developing hand speed, punching power, footwork, stamina and strong defensive skills. Students will learn practical and realistic movements that work in the ring as well as on the street.
In addition to devastating hand strikes, each student is taught the finer points of all the Martial Arts kicks while concentrating on power and technique. Our classes provide an incredible cardiovascular workout - keeping you challenged physically and mentally.
Senior instructor Tom LoVarco has been training in Kenpo Karate since 1985. Mr. LoVarco is a 8th degree Black Belt in Ed Parker’s Kenpo Karate under Mr. Joe Palanzo (10th Degree Black Belt) and also serves as the Vice President to the Worldwide Kenpo Karate Association.