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At Powell’s Way of Kenpo, you will find world-class instructors who are dedicated to training for realistic situations and who are genuinely interested in seeing their students succeed. By bringing together skilled and dedicated instructors with a wide range of experience in several martial arts styles, we bring you a unique and unmatched level of teaching.

Kyoshi Bill Powell

William Powell, Kyoshi - Founder and Head Instructor of Powell's Way of Kenpo Martial Arts School 1985

  • 7th Degree Black Belt, Chinese Kenpo Karate
  • 4th Degree Black Belt Okinawan Karate Do
  • 1st Degree Black Belt Japanese Aikido and American Judo
  • Author of Growing Tigers In A Terrarium: The Importance of Martial Arts in An Unraveling Society
  • 2017 USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame “Martial Arts Life Achievement” Inductee Award
  • 2016 USA Martial Arts Alliance “Hall of Heroes“ International HoF as “Martial Arts Book Author of the Year”
  • 2009 Kenpo Hall of Fame “Spirit of The Warrior” Award
  • 2007 Charter Member of Kenpo Karate International Hall of Fame
  • 2003 and 2004 United States Martial Arts Association International Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2001 Pan American Games International Jiu Jitsu Gold Medalist and 2000 Bronze Medalist
  • 1996 World Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Expert level in Carlson Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Thai Boxing/Muay Thai, Occidental Tai Chi Chuan, Chinese Kung Fu, Knife and Blade, American Freestyle and Greco Roman Wrestling
Master Dave Saboe

Dave Saboe

  • 6th Degree Black Belt in Chinese Kenpo Karate
  • 1st Degree Black Belt in Aikido
  • Trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Tai Chi Chuan, Hisardut, and Muay Thai
  • Founder of Way of Self Defense
  • Head Instructor – Women’s Self Defense
  • Author of Get Real! A Practical Approach to Personal Safety
  • 2004 United States Martial Arts Association International Hall of Fame inductee
  • 2013 Kenpo Hall of Fame inductee
Master Jason Gose

Jason Gose

  • 5th Degree Black Belt in Chinese Kenpo Karate
  • Trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai
  • 2007 United States Martial Arts Association International Hall of Fame Inductee
Master Vic Mezera

Victor Mezera

  • 5th Degree Black Belt in Chinese Kenpo Karate
  • Trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Aikido, Muay Thai, and Boxing.
  • Coach of Powell’s Way of Kenpo "Hammers of Thor" MMA team
  • 2007 United States Martial Arts Association International Hall of Fame Inductee
Master Sean Baker

Sean Baker

  • 5th Degree Black Belt in Chinese Kenpo Karate
  • Blue Belt in Jiu Jitsu
  • Trained in Aikido and Judo
  • 2007 United States Martial Arts Association International Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Coach of Powell’s Way of Kenpo "Hammers of Thor" MMA team
  • Former IKWF Wrestling coach at Jr. Bulldogs Wrestling
  • Current IKWF Wrestling coach at Vittum Cats Wrestling Club
Sensei Barb Miller

Barb Miller

  • 5th Degree Black Belt in Chinese Kenpo Karate
  • Trained in Aikido, Tai Chi Chuan, Jiu Jitsu, and Tae Kwon Do
  • Instructor - Women's Self Defense
Sifu Jake Caccavallo

Jake Caccavallo

  • 3rd Degree Black Belt in Chinese Kenpo Karate
  • 2017 USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Correctional Officer for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office
  • Instructor - Women's Self Defense
Sifu Omer Houston

Omer Houston

  • 3rd Degree Black Belt in Chinese Kenpo Karate
  • Trained in Japanese Okinawan karate, Aikido, Tai Chi Chuan, and Jiu Jitsu
  • 2017 USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Police officer with 25 years experience, Police instructor in firearms, O/C spray, collapsible baton, and basic officer street survival.

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