The benefits of karate are well documented. Practitioners benefit from improved fitness, self confidence, self defense skills, and improved mental outlook. However, some people simply don’t want to train next to “little Johnny” who is about to turn 7.
Lost in the modern mix of marketing and salesmanship is the reality that karate is a life-and-death art. Real training in karate requires a serious mindset and ethical maturity to handle the subject matter. Adults and late teens looking for something more realistic and serious may benefit from the karate and kobudo program we offer.
Our Material – Okinawa Kenpo
Our style of Okinawa Kenpo has a long and storied lineage tracing directly back to Okinawa. Instructor Matthew Apsokardu studied directly under Bruce Heilman, one of a few senior students of Seikichi Odo. Odo Sensei was the inheritor of the style via Shigeru Nakamura, one of the most prominent karate practitioners of his day.
Due to the direct lineage Okinawa Kenpo has preserved the serious life protection aspects as seen in karate prior to World War II and the exponential growth of tournaments. Students receive safe but effective training in the old methods of “tode” including striking, joint manipulation, weapons, and more.
Our Age Limit for Training
We only allow teens and adults in our classes. With a minimum age limit we can teach at a more advanced pace and include more serious subject matter. Adults looking for self defense and a cultural connection back to Japan and Okinawa find this class environment to be highly desirable.
Inclusion of Weapons
In addition to the empty hand art of karate we also teach classical kobudo (weaponry). These are the implements utilized by the Okinawans throughout their history and possess unique handling methods and kata (Forms). The Okinawa Kenpo Kobudo curriculum preserves a rare amount of weapons and kata, rarely seen in other styles. Our weapons include bo, tonfa, sai, nunchaku, nunti, eiku, tekkos, kama, and more.
Reach Out to Us For More Information
If this kind of program sounds appealing to you reach out to us at 720-221-3665. We can answer your questions and arrange for a free trial class (in which you can watch or participate).