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  1. Horus is offline

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    6/06/2008 12:33pm


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    Kenpo Karate in Altamonte Springs, FL

    A couple of friends of mine have started taking their kids (all under 10) to a local Kenpo Karate school. I have no knowledge of Kenpo at all (a search of threads seems to suggest it's not held in very high regard) but would be interested if anyone who does could take a look at the site and tell me if it looks like a decent place. I've already told them to watch out for any long-term contracts and promises of black belts in 2 years, etc.

    http://www.altamontemartialarts.com/

    Thanks
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    Posted On:
    6/06/2008 2:14pm

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    It's a Speakman school which essentially makes it the biggest fish in the small Ken/mpo pond. I do not know if all Speakman schools subscribe to the neo-MMA-esque transformation of the training in the art, but if it is, then it shouldn't be actually half bad.

    I would check the schools adult classes out and see how often they spar (and how hard...no point sparring) for classes for yourself.

    As for your little one, see if you can get a breakdown of their class structure. Red flags would be teaching basics from a horse stance with chambered punches, and a lacking in actual padwork/bagwork. Even with the little ones, a good Kenpo school should be teaching some boxing fundamentals from the off-set, and augmenting that training with (foam covered) sparring later on.
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    Posted On:
    6/06/2008 3:37pm


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ke?poFist
    It's a Speakman school which essentially makes it the biggest fish in the small Ken/mpo pond. I do not know if all Speakman schools subscribe to the neo-MMA-esque transformation of the training in the art, but if it is, then it shouldn't be actually half bad.

    I would check the schools adult classes out and see how often they spar (and how hard...no point sparring) for classes for yourself.

    As for your little one, see if you can get a breakdown of their class structure. Red flags would be teaching basics from a horse stance with chambered punches, and a lacking in actual padwork/bagwork. Even with the little ones, a good Kenpo school should be teaching some boxing fundamentals from the off-set, and augmenting that training with (foam covered) sparring later on.
    I think Speakman's latest take on kenpo is "Kenpo 5.0". It has incorporated a ground game, I'm just not sure how much, or how good.
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    Posted On:
    6/06/2008 9:59pm

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    I want to make and market a "kenpo 5.1" just to piss him off lol.
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    Posted On:
    6/10/2008 1:44pm


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    I say, make a kenpo 6.0. Why?

    "Well, it's one higher, isn't it? It's not five. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at five. You're on fine here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on five on your kenpo. Where can you go from there? Where? "

    "I don't know. "

    "Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do? "

    "Put it up to six."

    "Six. Exactly. One higher."

    "Why don't you just make 5.0 more powerful and make five be the top number and make that a little stronger? "

    "These just go to 6."
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    ^ ^
    Is this suposed to make sense?
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    Posted On:
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    Kenpo is realistic and employs sound logic and theoretical innovations not yet used by other systems.
    Oh Really?

    Like othes have said, pad work and a little tappy tappy would be good for kids...the guy seems in shape which is a big plus over alot of the schools we see on here.
    There is no cheating, there is only jiu-jitsu.
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    Posted On:
    6/10/2008 3:05pm


     Style: American Kenpo

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSlade
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    Is this suposed to make sense?
    No but neither does speakman kenpo
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    Posted On:
    6/10/2008 3:34pm


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    I enjoy Spinal Tap. +rep for you.
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    Posted On:
    6/10/2008 3:57pm


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    From their Facilities description,

    "In our After School area we have a homework room so that students have a quiet place to focus on their homework without distractions. We provide an Arts and Crafts room so that children may be creative, a Game Room and even a Movie Room with Karaoke!"

    That pretty much sums it up right there.
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