Although the exact techniques of kenpo will vary depending on the instructor, there are certain characteristics that are common in nearly all forms of kenpo. As a self-defense system, almost all of the techniques used in kenpo are counters.

Shaolin Kung Fu

The oldest institutionalized style of Chinese martial arts. Originated and developed in the Buddhist Shaolin temple in the Henan province, it became one of the largest schools of kung fu.


The strategy and tactics of unconventional warfare as well as the art of espionage practiced by the shinobi. Ninjutsu was considered more an art of tricks than a martial art.

Tai Chi

Tai chi is a Chinese martial art that is practiced both for its defense training and the health benefits that it provides.

Martial Arts Dojo in Traverse City

Since we opened our first school in 1981, other schools have been changing and adopting our way of teaching and our ideas of what should be taught. Even today I notice local schools changing their websites and mission statements to re-quote me and my teaching methods. I commend them on trying to make a change for the better.

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