In this course you will be introduced to the basic skills needed in foundational Kenpo Karate. These skills include basic stances, basic blocks and strikes using both hands and feet.
Kenpo Karate Basics Level 1 is recommended for students of any age who have had an interest in martial arts but perhaps have never studied or may have taken some lessons and would like a refresher course to brush up on fundamentals. This course it very basic and at an introductory level.
The only requirements needed for this course is the ability to understand and follow instruction in the English language both verbally and written. Other requirements are to have an open mind to the information presented and to have fun with learning.
I’ve been studying martial arts for over 30 years and in that time I’ve had the privilege of training in various styles such as Kenpo Karate, Shotokan, jiu-jitsu, Aikido and Boxing.
During this time I noticed that stances, striking, blocking, positioning and movement are the foundations common to Kenpo and many other traditional styles. This basic knowledge is a requirement to truly understanding the self-defense concepts of any traditional martial art.
Having a good understanding of these fundamentals will improve your ability to perform many techniques effectively and progress through Kenpo Karate or any of the various versions of Karate.
This course is designed for the absolute beginner or any student who is looking for a refresher course on the basics of Kenpo Karate.
This introductory level course would be the equivalent of training for 2-3 weeks with an instructor at a local martial arts center.
This course is set up in an easy to follow format. It's setup in a progressive manner containing 3 main sections which are broken down into smaller subsections.
Each subsection contains information, commentary and tips and in some areas I've included breakdowns of positions and body alignment diagrams.
In this course you'll learn basic stances, hand strikes, blocks and kicks. We'll use some basic drills to reinforce and help you practice what you learn. As you progress through this course you'll be shown some basic techniques to help you better understand the application of your new skills.
These techniques are for instructional purposes only and not meant to be used exclusively as combative strategies. These techniques can be practiced with or without a partner.
At the end of this course you will be able to perform the basic positions and movements used in Kenpo Karate and have a general understanding of the applications of those movements.
This course will take the mystery out of learning martial arts and bring it down to a basic level using easy to follow steps and language.
Keep in mind that practicing often and consistently will help you better improve your skills.
Learn the traditional Kenpo Karate bow.
Learn the Kenpo Neutral Stance.
Learn how to get into a forward fighting stance.
In this lesson you will be shown how to move from one basic stance to the other.
Learn the mechanics of a back knuckle punch.
Learn the vertical (thrust) punch.
Learn the Hammer punch.
Learn how to deliver an uppercut strike.
Learn the Hook punch.
Learn the Front Kick.
Learn the differences between a front (snap) kick and the Smash Kick.
Learn how to deliver the side kick.
Learn another front style kick called the instep kick.
Learn one of the most recognizable kicks in the martial arts. The Roundhouse kick.
The inside-out blocks are also known as the #1 and #2 blocks in some styles.
These outside-in blocks are also known as #3 and #4 blocks in some styles.
Upward blocks #5 and #6 can be used to defend many overhead and high angular attacks.
Learn downward blocks #7 and #8 used for blocking low attacks.
Perform single, double and triple strikes using a combination of the Front Punch, Back Knuckle Punch, Uppercut and Hook punch.
Perform multiple kicks using one leg and varying speeds and direction of kicks.
Learn Basic Technique #1
Learn Basic Technique #2
Learn Basic Technique #3
Learn Basic Technique #4
My training began in early 1986 in East Boston, Massachusetts where my strong desire to learn the martial arts gave me the motivation to sign up at the local karate school where I trained 5 days a week. In the early 1990’s I continued my training by learning Aikido and Jujitsu and then moving on to Thai style boxing and American boxing. After a couple of years of moving from one school and style to another I chose to settle into Kenpo Karate under Shihan Joseph Nesta who was one of Professor Nick Cerio’s highest rank students. I was tested and received 1st Shodan followed by 2nd Nidan ranks from the late Professor Nick Cerio (10th Dan). My 3rd dan rank (Sandan) was issued by Shihan Joseph Nesta (10th Dan). As of this writing, I am still a student of Shihan Nesta with whom I have been training for over twenty-two years.
Styles of Training: Kenpo Karate, Shotokan, Jiu-jitsu, Aikido and Boxing. I also had some lesser training in Thai style boxing and Tai Chi.