ABOUT OUR KENPO SCHOOL
We are fully aware of the challenging issues within today's society. Bullies, sexual predators, mentally disturbed people, etc. Our goal is to prepare our students to defend themselves should the unfortunate happen. We provide realistic solid contact as much as possible in our training so our students know what it feels like to strike and to be struck.
It is imperative that our training is rigid and taken serious because students will only get out of it what they put into it.
Why Saber Strike?
The Antelope Valley has a solid history of martial arts schools and we are privileged to be among them. We believe all the martials arts are great systems of self defense and that it is not necessarily a school that makes the art great but the effort put forth by the individual to get out of it what they desire. No matter how seasoned an instructor is in the practice of what they teach, it is ultimately up to the student to follow the precise instructions and conditioning to achieve success.
While every martial art is solid on its own merits and practice, we know that not every individual may do well in a particular system or even with specific techniques within a system. Some martial arts may be a better fit for one individual over another, but it does not negate the particular art itself. Basically, figure out what works best for you and develop that into perfection while purposely finding your weaknesses and simultaneously strengthening them where you can.
We would be happy for you to come visit and perhaps even join our school. However, there are two conditions before doing so. The first one is to ask yourself why you want to join; then see if your reasoning aligns with our goals of learning to improve oneself not only physically and mentally but ethically and socially. While we may partake in competitions, tournaments and demonstrations from time to time, our primary goal is self-defense, athleticism, and survival.
The second condition is that if you are already a member of another dojo or martial arts organization, then we ask you first seek out your instructor, sensei, or teacher's approval out of respect for them. One should not simply seek out another school for trivial reasons such as a cool logo or catchy name of an organization. If what one has learned has been working well and proven to be of value, then we recommend to stick with it and if you are permitted to learn from another organization then we would be honored to have you among us.
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MEET OUR INSTRUCTOR
I first started Kenpo training at 16 years old in Gilroy, CA. in 1987 with Instructor Martin Guerrero under the Ken-Ju-Bo-Ai National Association created by Sijo Sam Brown. I trained for just under 2 years before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. My Kenpo Karate training not only helped me prepare for the military, but also prepared me for much more in life than I could have ever imagined. In time I was able to return to my training to complete the black belt requirement.
Saber Strike Logos & U.S. Flag
Kenpo, Fire, & Olive Branches
The letter "K" that emerges from the inner-circle stands for Kenpo. The 4 alternating Gold and Bronze bars symbolize the remaining 4 letters of Kenpo after the letter "K." The circle stands for unity which is our goal for our student's, their families, and our communities. The flames of fire engulfing the Gold is a symbol of the purification process to refine something precious into greater value. Fire can also be used to forge something into greater strength such as forging Copper and Tin together to create Bronze. In our dojo, we are refining our students and will make them into greater value and greater strength. The olive branches are a symbol of peace which is what we all hope to have in our lives.
Hawaiian Flag & Saber Toothed Tiger
The Hawaiian flag (with the silhouette of the State of Hawaii over the top of it,) shows our lineage from where Sijo/Grand Master Samuel Brown (the founder of the Ken-Ju-Bo-Ai- Association) was from and where he learned the Kenpo art that he passed on to many of us. Sijo Brown was known as the "Black Ram" and leaves an extensive history of over five decades of the Kenpo art for many to study and practice. (Please click on the KJBA link at the top left of the screen above the KJBA association logo.)
The saber toothed tiger symbolizes strength when striking and the essence of what it was able to do. A trait we want to exercise into our students. Since this cat's canine teeth are of equal length, they will strike simultaneously when defending or attacking. Hence, our first rule "Strike Twice."
The Two Lightning Bolts
The two lightning bolts symbolize speed and urgency when executing the martial arts for any reason whether it be actual self-defense, demonstration, or practice. While no one can "strike" as fast as lighting it is a mental motivation to strive for. All of our students will eventually adorn the lightning bolts on their gi's because we want to be quickly distinguished as Saber Strike. It does not matter if the student is older, younger, an adult, child, male or female, everyone in Saber Strike will be required to have a pair of lightning bolts!
The Red Fish Symbol
The red fish symbol represents the Christian heritage our nation was founded on. One of many examples was a Baptist preacher named John LeLand, who played an important role in the formation of our Bill of Rights (especially the 1st and 2nd Amendments,) where citizens could freely protest and object to government, political leaders, or any institution without the fear of persecution. With these rights now guaranteed, many Christian believers at that time were free to speak up and exercise their beliefs and values. Eventually, many issues over time were addressed for the better of all. Matters such as elimination of slavery, voting rights for all citizens including women, equitable treatment for all people even those who are not citizens of our nation. The red, crimson color is for the trail of blood many believers had shed to stand up for what was right and for many others throughout our world today that are still being persecuted.
The Reversed U.S. Flag On Our Uniforms
The U.S. Flag is what we proudly wear because it is the symbol of freedom and what represents our unity for every diverse culture, belief, and custom that exists in our nation. We also proudly support our military and law enforcement personnel as well as our veterans. The reason why we wear the U.S. Flag that "appears" reversed on our gi's (uniforms) is because we wear it on our right shoulder. When the flag is mounted on a guidon pole and carried by personnel such as in a parade or military drill, the union (blue part) of the flag is the front most part of the flag that will lead the stars and stripes when in forward motion. If we had chosen to wear the flag on our left shoulder, then it would appear as above and opposite to the flag you see on our gi's to account for the forward motion of the person adorning it.
The 3 Rules
1. Strike Twice!
This rule is to give our students the idea that striking twice is a simultaneous action. When striking, most attackers don't expect one to strike back with 2 countermeasures at once. This gives the element of surprise and increases the probability of contact.
2. Strike First!
This is exactly what it means! Strike first, don't swing first! Be the first to actually strike (make contact) anyone can be the first to swing and start a fight. Saber Strike students are not encouraged to be instigators (swinging first) but striking first can be essential to survival.
3. Strike Last!
When defending yourself against an attacker (hopefully not attackers/plural) the last person standing up will more than likely always be the one to strike last.
Do I have to register my hands when I become a black belt?Not unless your hands can launch 9mm, .40 or .223 caliber projectiles at large distances otherwise it is just an urban myth. Martial Artists are not required to register their hands. If you do have to register yourself for any reason then that means you are probably a sex offender in which case you probably should stay away from kids.
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 learn as you progress through the ranking system which will enable you to perform the self defense techniques. If you try to get into shape and can stay in shape, then that would be great to help your martial arts endeavors. Whether or not you ever need to use martial arts in a self defense scenario is one matter but consistently practicing and working out is a way of life to not only keep you prepared but to better enjoy your life. With a healthier body you can do much more in life that you would not be able to do otherwise.
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 adolecense through their 50's and older. Kenpo is a practical and effective martial art that will utilize your strengths and weaknesses. In our classes everyone will practice and spar with students of various ages, sizes and experience for the simple fact that we are not given the option to choose our opponents in the world.
What is Kenpo?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 are week are recommended, 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 5 years to reach student black belt.
What sort of things should I consider when choosing a school?By simply asking yourself these questions. Is the school able to meet your needs? Is the school within reasonable distance to travel to? Am I able to wait for my kids if they are in class?