Santa Clara Kenpo Academy

Santa Clara Kenpo Academy

10 employees

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Our school lineage has been in Santa Clara since 1977. Our staff are instructors who despite have reached different levels of black belt ranks continue to learn and share with our students. We have a family setting but we are serious about self-defense. We teach to the individual so they can apply this great practical method of self-defense.

My instructors and I all teach at the school after our day career. We teach because we want to share the gift of American Kenpo that we have been given. American Kenpo is practical, it makes sense and a martial art’s concept and principle allows it to be performed by any individual.

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Santa Clara, CA 95050
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I ask why they are taking lessons so understand what is motivating them. Then they go through an orientation on formalities on the mat like how to bow in and out, etc. Thene go through basics like blocks, kicks and punches and we give them reference material as study guides. Then off they gomtontheir first class.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

My instructors and I have and continue to train under seniors of American Kenpo. We attend seminars, camps and group and private lessons. Some also have training in other disciplines that they use to compliment their Kenpo.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

We do have pricing for group classes, private lessons and if needed, drop in classes. We understand lifestyles and schedules vary per individual so we are flexible with payment arrangements. We also don’t do long term contracts. 

How did you get started teaching?

I have been training for a while and it was a natura We worked with individuals who want to learn self-defense, just want conditioning and and physical activit, l progression for me. I love American Kenpo and I love sharing the great concepts and moves. I love the how students use it and see their reaction when they realize they are able to apply it regardless of their physical attributes and skill level.

What types of students have you worked with?

We’ve worked with young and old, with physical restrictions and of varying skill levels. We work with people who are serious about martial arts, who just want cardio and conditioning. We work with people who want to learn something new in an environment that is not with people who “just wants to fight”.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

We had a seminar with a Kenpo instructor who is also a trainer for fighting. We  not only learned a complimentary art to kenpo but people worked hard in the company of old and new friends. Instructors got the chance to be students, beginners got to work with more experienced students and we had fun!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Understand what you want. Do your online research and make a list if the schools you are interested in. Then visit the school to see the environment, watch how classes are conducted, ask questions and see interactions in the school. Then sign up and give it an honest go. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

At the end of the day, things have to line up with the students’ life, schedules, other life demands. As with any new endeavor, training has to fit in order for people to put in the focus and time to succeed in it.