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About Powell's Way of Kenpo Martial Arts School

Founded over 20 years ago, Powell’s Way of Kenpo was formed to teach students practical, effective martial arts skills. While the root of our art is Chinese Kenpo Karate, we have incorporated other arts to form a unique and complete martial arts system that you will not find anywhere else. Our system starts with the speed and effectiveness of Kenpo and adds the ground techniques of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the dynamic throws and locks of Aikido, and the internal power of Tai Chi Chuan.

At Powell's Way of Kenpo, you will experience practical training for real situations taught in a dynamic, disciplined way. Here, you will find world-class instructors and students who are dedicated to training for realistic situations and developing the skills needed to defend yourself. We continue to refine our art to enable us to offer you the most effective self-defense system available - one that strengthens those qualities that are so important to surviving today's world: self-confidence, self-discipline, and unity between a clear, calm mind and a healthy, strong body. In addition to the fighting arts, we offer students the healing arts of Yoga and Naturopathy. The complement of the martial arts and the healing arts provide the yin/yang dynamic that helps you to maximize your potential.

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The Fighting Arts

Chinese Kenpo Karate
Kenpo has roots that go back to China almost 1500 years ago and is the art form from which most other martial arts stem. When an Indian priest named Bodhidharma (Tamo) traveled to China, he found the monks of the Shaolin temple to be in poor health and unable to withstand prolonged meditation. Bodhidharma taught the monks a series of exercises meant to strengthen them and develop internal energy. These forms became the root of Shaolin martial arts. Retired soldiers who sought refuge at the Shaolin temple and joined the monks brought with them tried and tested methods of combat. The monks soon became famous throughout China for their skills and courage.

Our art was originally known in China as Chuan Fa. It eventually spread to Japan where it was known as Kenpo, which means fist (ken) law (po). It was first introduced to the United States in Hawaii around the time of World War II. The art of Kenpo soon became very popular in the United States as one of the most effective systems known.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Jiu Jitsu is most commonly known as a ground fighting system used in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and includes throws, chokes, and locks. The techniques of Jiu Jitsu allow a smaller person to successfully defend themself against larger opponents. While some only teach the sport techniques of Jiu Jitsu, we strive to teach for reality and you will learn techniques that are effective on the streets where there are no rules.

The techniques of Aikido allow you to blend with your attacker’s energy and redirect it. Aikido allows a weaker person to apply throws and joint locks against a stronger opponent by using their attacker’s momentum against them. By applying the mental and physical aspects of Aikido, you can defend yourself from an attack without directly opposing your attacker’s energy.

Tai Chi Chuan
Tai Chi Chuan translates to mean Supreme Ultimate Fist. This art is well known for its health benefits and is extremely effective for self-defense. Through the practice of Tai Chi Chuan, you will develop internal power to deliver devastating strikes and control your attacker.

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The Healing Arts

Hatha Yoga
The techniques of Hatha yoga develop strength, flexibility, and balance in body and mind, creating inner peace and harmony. Join us for a systematic and thorough introduction to the practice. You will learn the classical postures (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayama) while developing a home practice routine. For further information, please contact Bonnie Powell, certified instructor of Hatha Yoga at (708) 275-9633.

A Naturopath is a teacher of natural means for enhancing health, wellness, and longevity. Naturopathy is not a system of medicine, diagnosis or treatments such as are held by medical societies, but a lifestyle of practices that build immunity, improve mental health, and enhance body function. Our belief is that every person has the right to learn of the God-given, life enhancing practices embodied in Naturopathy that will help you maintain mental, physical, and emotional health.

Bonnie Powell will use her skills to promote the health and wellbeing of the students as well as outside members of the community.
Fees: As an introduction to Naturopathy, we will offer reduced rates on initial consultation and follow up treatments to $45.00 for adults and $20.00 for children.

Contact Bonnie Powell at (708) 275-9633

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