ABOUT AMERICAN KENPO
The martial art of Kenpo Karate has its origins in China and was brought west by Chinese and Okinawan people who immigrated to Hawaii. Born in Honolulu, our Senior Grandmaster Mr. Edmund K. Parker learned Kenpo Karate as a young man. In 1963, Mr. Parker published his book "Secrets of Chinese Karate" which traced the roots of the Ed Parker Kenpo Karate System back to the monk Tamo of the Shaolin Monastery around 515 A.D.. During the course of his life Mr. Parker developed and evolved his art into the practical form of self defense that we have today.
The Kenpo Creed
"I come to you with only karate, empty hands. I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my principles or my honor, should it be a matter of life or death, of right or wrong, then here are my weapons, Karate; my empty hands."
- Senior Grandmaster Ed Parker
PRINCIPLES OF OUR KENPO SCHOOL
When you or your child studies Kenpo, one of the first things you'll notice is an immediate improvement in respect. A healthy respect for others is extremely important in our lives. However, just as important is self-respect. When studying Kenpo, you develop respect for others and for yourself. It is through this duality that we establish healthy relationships.
As self-respect from Kenpo studies develops, the logical progression is an increase in self-discipline. Most people know what they should do, but lack the discipline to do so. As self-respect is fortified via training, doing what needs to be done without being told to do so happens naturally as a means of following through on the newfound respect we have for ourselves and our goals.
Once self-discipline has been established, the Kenpoist finds they are more easily able to focus. When disciplined enough to work on the steps towards a worthy goal, things that used to be unhealthy distractions are easily pushed away. Focus becomes an integral part in achievement. What's more is the ability to focus is transferable to all areas of life when desired.
As focus improves, the Kenpoist develops a keen state of awareness. Awareness of the external as well as internal is greatly increased. External awareness is vitally important to deal with or avoid threats in the real world. Internal awareness enlightens the Kenpoist as to what they personally need to focus on and improve. One quickly learns their strengths as well as their weaknesses and can capitalize on one and correct the other. This is accomplished with increased focus and training on the necessary areas. As a result, self-improvement in both physical and mental being increases by leaps and bounds.
As the Kenpoist see's their incredible improvement both physically and mentally, their confidence level naturally skyrockets. In the dojo and in the real world, they know that they have the fortitude to deal with whatever life throws at them.
The combination and development of the five preceding principles all culminate into one all important result...growth. The Martial Arts are about self-defense. The Martial Arts are about fitness. The Martial Arts are about flexibility. The Martial Arts are about strength. But, above all else, the Martial Arts are about an individual's personal growth. It is through Kenpo that we develop the tools necessary for continual growth to reach our ultimate potential.
MEET THE INSTRUCTOR
3rd Degree Black Belt American Kenpo
1st Degree Black Belt Coszacks Karate
1st Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do
1st Degree Black Belt Hapkido
Blue Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
"My job is to guide students to become more than they ever thought they could be both inside and outside the dojo."
What students and parents have to say...
"In my 39 years of training in the martial arts I have obtained intermediate or advance rank in Goju Ryu Karate, Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, Kenpo, White Lotus Kung Fu, JKD Concepts which included Western Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai Boxing, Savate, Dumog(Filipino Grappling) , Wing Chun Kung Fu, and Lucaylucay Kali, Escrima, Arnis (Filipino Stick/Bladed Arts). After being absent from formal training at the Dojo for 3.5 years because of my occupational commitments as a professional musician 🎹 I now have a schedule that has allowed me to train again consistently in American Kenpo at the Dojo. One of my Instructors in West LA has been Mr. Ian Lauer who is a 3rd. Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo. As an Instructor, Mr. Lauer's knowledge, guidance, direction, correction, and commitment to excellence was and will continue to be a great benefit to the students during Kenpo Class. Mr. Lauer dosen't just "Talk" the student through a kata/form or technique but he is actively on the floor demonstrating each movement and each technique.
Although Mr. Lauer has answered the call to relocate and open his school in Ohio, myself as well as the other Kenpo students will continue to benefit from Mr. Lauer's Instruction that he shared with us."
"My son (10) and daughter (12) love this Kenpo class. They have learned so much in just a few weeks, not just in Kenpo skills, but in areas such as respect and confidence, too. Classes are fun, but also effective, and everyone is included, whether they've done martial arts or are brand new. We highly recommend Ian's classes!"
"For the past year, I have had the privilege and honor to train in Kenpo karate with Ian Lauer. Prior to his training, I had never taken a martial art class!! Ian is a phenominal instructor!! He is gifted in communication. Throughout his training, he was calm, yet structured and conveyed all the reasons why movements are necessary. He guided me to develop power, strength and true confidence!! Because of his instruction, I will have a passion for Kenpo for the rest of my life!!"
"Ian is an amazing instructor. My son loves learning the new skill of kenpo karate and that is thanks to Ian. He makes the class fun while teaching them about respect and hardwork. I highly recommend Ian Lauer's Kenpo Karate."