Can I try a Karate class to see if I like it before signing up?
Yes, anyone is welcome to participate in one week of Karate classes for free to see if it is something they like. You will still need to fill out a waiver and student information sheet to do so.
Can I take Karate with my child?
Parents of students are welcome to join any class that their children are participating in.
Why do some students have black Gi’s and some have white Gi’s?
Unique to American Kenpo is the fact that when someone is promoted to purple belt, which is considered the beginning of the upper level belts, they are also given a black Gi.
What does “Kenpo Karate” mean?
“The Law of the Fist and Empty Hand”
Can I take a break for a month or few months if needed because of work/school/sports conflicts and then come back or do I have to pay for those months I can’t attend?
Yes you may take a break and not have to pay for those months. We recognize that life has busy seasons and we want to work with you. If you have to take a month or two or three or more off for various reasons, you don’t have to continue paying and you are always welcome back. We only ask that you communicate this too us so we won’t hassle you with emails and the like.
What do I have to do to get promoted to the next level?
There are a variety of things that contribute to getting promoted to the next level in Kenpo. A student will need to learn a combination of the following, Sets, Forms, Techniques, Kicks, Punches, Blocks, and Weapons. In addition we look for personal growth in respect, responsibility, helpfulness, humility, patience and more. Lastly, as a student progresses to the upper level belts (purple and above) they will also need to be able to start teaching the lower belt students what they’ve already learned.
How long does it take to get promoted to the next level?
There is no formal set length of time for promotions, although there is a minimum time that every student will remain at each level. From there it depends on things like frequent practice at home, consistent attendance, hard work, and a willingness to overcome challenges, all of which will help students to get promoted.
Additionally, every student can expect to wait longer for each promotion as they climb the ladder, as there is an increasing amount of material that must be learned at each belt level.