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     Panther Kenpo Karate emphasizes holistic, mind/body fitness and teaching style focuses on each student's personal best, providing a non-competitive, supportive learning environment setting that allows students to make steady progress through the ranks of Kenpo Karate. Our studio mission is to motivate each and every student to become a complete success in life through Kenpo Karate Training. We will maintain our reputation as the best Kenpo School in Central Ohio through professionalism, quality instruction, and community involvement.

     Enrollment at Panther Kenpo Karate is open and new classes are always forming. All students begin with two private lessons and studio orientation prior to joining group sessions. Panther Kenpo Karate is open weekday afternoons and evenings Monday-Saturday. Stop by and see why Panther Kenpo Karate offers your best home town choice for martial arts instruction!
     The Ed Parker Kenpo Karate system was brought from Hawaii in the late 1950's by the late Ed Parker Sr. It's goal is to prevent harm to yourself or your loved ones. Parker Kenpo system meets the self-defense needs of Americans in the new millennium.
     During Ed Parker's early years in Kenpo Karate, he saw the unquestionable need for an updated version of the Martial Art. While analyzing modern methods of fighting, he broke the bonds of tradition and experimented with more logical and practical approaches to self-defense. Through many years of experimentation, training and hard work, American Kenpo Karate was born.
     American Kenpo Karate is pure intelligence of thought and motion. Ed Parker added concepts, theories, principles and innovations not yet employed by other systems. This is what makes American Kenpo Karate unique, practical, logical, realistic and applicable. It has often been referred to as the "University of Martial Arts". It employs linear; as well as circular moves, utilizing intermittent power where and when needed, interspersed with minor and major moves that flow with continuity. It is flexible in both thought and action so as to blend with encounters as they occur.
   The word 'Kenpo' is Japanese and means fist law or law of the fist. The history of the style of Kenpo has its roots with the Vajramukti School; a secret style of weaponless self defense, health preservation, ritualized movement and meditative insight, taught by few masters to few students. The art made its way to China, where it was called chu'an fa, and from China to Japan, where it is known as Kenpo.
   The suggestion of 'Law of the Fist',as being a fist fighting style of martial art, may be where the myth that Kenpo is not an effective kicking style form such as Tai Kwon Do. The definition of Kenpo as 'Law of the Fist' describes the method of teaching, not a description of the learning. Kicks are taught equally with the hands, as practiced in the Coordination Set #1. Kenpo has long been known for its emphasis on precision striking, but precision kicking is equally effective and should be equally emphasized.
The 4 Stages of Mind & Body Learning
   The pupil knows nothing about Kenpo Karate and is just beginning to learn the basic movements involved in each technique and form. This is a non functional stage because every movement is exaggerated through a slow mental process.
     The first two stages mark a beginner. The pupil now understands the mechanics of performing techniques, but not necessarily the flow between the techniques and can't react instinctively to attacks. The pupil can neither react very instinctively to an attack, nor can they adapt the techniques to variations in the attacks; such as the force of the attack, the terrain or the height/weight of the attacker. In essence, the student must search for the correct response to an attack.
   This level represents Brown and Black belt level of knowledge. The pupil now understands both the mechanics of executing techniques and how they flow together. At this point, the pupil can properly react to an attack without having to think first and plans their movement in advance. The pupil is an expert.
Meta Physical
   In this stage, the martial artist is said to possess skill in clairvoyance, telepathy and precognition. They know your moves before you make them. They see how you carry yourself, read your body language and know your intentions. This person has seen every attack before and has the proper response burned into their mind. The pupil is now a true professional.
Power Principles
      Each technique in the Kenpo system is based on one of these power principles. Techniques can make use of more than one of these principles, but one of the three is always the overriding force behind the technique.
Marriage of Gravity
   The force applied when we move in favor of gravity; that is in downward movement. All the mass of the body is involved.
   Torque takes place when turning or rotating and provides great force in a small place.
Back-up Mass
   We have back-up mass whenever we move in a straight line. This principle is essentially Marriage of Gravity, but on a horizontal plane.