Kenpo is a name for multiple martial arts that developed in Hawaii due to cross-cultural exchange between practitioners of Ryukyuan martial arts, Chinese martial arts, Japanese martial arts and multiple additional influences. In the United States, Kenpo is often referred to as Kenpo Karate. The most widespread styles have their origin in the teachings of James Mitose and William Chow.
This lineage also includes Kajukenbo, an art that does not use the Kenpo name itself, but which possesses recognized offshoots that do. These arts have spread around the world through multiple lineages, not all of which agree on a common historical narrative. Notable styles such as Kajukenbo and American Kenpo, developed by Ed Parker, employ linear and circular movements with “rapid fire” combinations of blows to vital areas of the body.
ABOUT SENSEI TERESA COOMBS NIDAN (2ND DEGREE BLACK BELT)
Sensei Teresa has studied Shaolin Kenpo for 25 years. She has been teaching since 1999 from California to Utah to Singapore and now Iowa. She has taught hundreds of students of all ages and has conducted karate camps for kids, Self Defense clinics for women, and teaches kids and adult classes (including Waldorf College P.E. Course). She also teaches private lessons for those who are more serious about progressing to Black Belt. Sensei Teresa has built her private business from scratch in 3 different areas and continues to learn from the many people and experiences she is able to enjoy. She is excited to bring her expertise and passion for Karate to the Forest City YMCA.