American Kenpo Karate is a modern self-defense system that trains students to instantly respond to physical attacks from locks, chokes, pushes, punches, kicks and weapons. Vashon Kenpo incorporates other martial arts systems including ju-jitsu, kung fu, boxing, ground fighting and stick fighting.
Kenpo Karate self-defense classes for adults and children will start September 10th and 11th at the Ober Park Performance Room. Classes follow the curriculum of the American Kenpo Karate System. Participants who attend this course regularly will develop street awareness and prevention skills in addition to learning practical self-defense techniques. Participants of all abilities, ages, and experience are encouraged to attend.
Beginner children’s classes, with recommended ages from 7-12, will meet from 4:15 to 5:15 pm every Tuesday starting September 11th until December 11th. Tuition fees for 13 classes will be $80 and will take them to their yellow belt and to the continuing level class in the next semester. This class places an emphasis on anti-bullying techniques as well as physical and emotional self-control.
Continuing children’s classes will meet every Monday and Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm from September 10th to December 10th. Tuition fees for 25 classes will be $135.
Adult classes (ages 13+) will be from 5:15 to 6:15 pm every Monday from September 10th to December 10th. Fees will be $75 for 13 classes. This class is for beginning white belts to expert black belts.
Registration and payment by cash or check for all classes begins 30 minutes before the first class meets. Participants may join at any time during the season if space is available. Every Wednesday, from 5-6 pm, there are free drop-in classes for all students with once-a-month sparring offered for all students above yellow belt. Aerobic Kickboxing and Kenpo Concepts will be offered on other days.
The classes will be taught by Senior Instructor Alex Echevarria, American Kenpo Karate 4th Degree Black Belt. Mr. Echevarria has over 28 years of experience in the martial arts and is a retired public school teacher and VIVA artist.
For more information, visit the Vashon Park District website and Vashon Kenpo on Facebook or contact the instructor at 206-463-0414. Sponsored by RJ’s Kids: an island-centered nonprofit for all the people of Vashon.