Ask Grandmaster

Q: Are martial arts only for athletes?

A: Absolutely not! People choose to train in the martial arts for many reasons, but you do not have to be an athlete to become empowered and to learn self defense.

Q: What’s the difference between Kenpo and Kempo?

A: Basically there is no difference, but typically Kenpo connotes the Chinese direction, and Kempo connotes the Japanese direction and/or systems. It’s such a hybrid, but it does have its roots as well.

Q: How long does it take to earn a black belt?

A: Not everyone that trains in the martial arts or specifically in Kenpo, achieves the rank of Shodan, or black belt. Those who do, vary. Some people start young and develop into adults, and if I was to put a number to it, I would say anywhere from 4-6 years, but there is an awful lot that goes in to determining this. For example: My black belt test was 2 days, 9 hours each day, and that was after 5+ years of training 3-5 days a week. Things are different now, and varies from school to school.

“Knowing others is intelligence;
Knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching