Frequently asked questions
Do I have to register my hands when I become a Black Belt?
No, that is an urban myth. Martial Artists are not required to register their hands.
Do I have to be in good shape before I start?
No, you will get into shape as you train. We have a series of exercises that you will perform at the start of class to get you warmed up and then stretching to help your muscles become flexible. All warm-ups are at your own pace and you are not required to perform at a level you are not comfortable.
I am 31 years old, am I too old to start Martial Arts?
No, you are not too old to begin martial arts training. Kenpo regularly has students start from adolescence through their 50's and older. Kenpo is a practical and effective Martial Art that does not incorporate gymnastics.
What is the difference between Tae Kwon Do and Kenpo?
Tae Kwon Do is a Korean Martial Art that focuses primarily on kicking techniques. Some Tae Kwon Do schools also teach Olympic style fighting. Kenpo is a practical self-defense system which trains the student for modern day self-defense encounters. Kenpo students are taught to use their hands and feet with multiple strikes to multiple targets on each attacker, in a multiple attack situation.
I am very busy with my work schedule, how much time do I need to devote to Kenpo classes?
The two 1-hour classes a week are a minimum recommendation, as is practicing at home. As you progress through the ranks if you want more 1:1 attention we offer 30-minute private lessons which can further help hone your skills.
How long does it take to get a Black Belt?
In Kenpo Karate, it takes approximately 4 to 5 years to earn a Black Belt. This is dependent on how many classes you attend each week and the level of consistent commitment endured.