Bluegrass Martial Arts 

Kenpo Karate for Christ

Kenpo Karate for Christ

"I come to you with only Karate, empty hands, I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my principles or my honor, should it be a matter of life or death, of right or wrong; then here are my weapons, Karate, my empty hands."

-Ed Parker

Kenpo Karate is a self-defense system characterized by fast explosions of multiple strikes delivered to multiple targets. Kenpo Karate does not so much teach a set of standard responses to a set of limited scenarios, but rather teaches a set of principles that can be applied in any situation.

A simple translation of Kenpo Karate would be "Law of the Fist and Empty Hand". Kenpo Karate is a comprehensive system of modern self-defense. Relying on fast combination of strikes and occasionally some Jujutsu restraints to control an attacker, Kenpo Karate is a deliberate and scientific take on modern self-defense, offering a wide variety of effective answers to differing self-defense scenarios.

Kenpo Karate for Christ is an adjusted version of American and Traditional Kenpo systems. Both Schools share a significant amount of identical information, and still retain parts unique to just the one school or the other. They really are two parts of a larger whole and Kenpo Karate for Christ is the full curriculum of both schools, Parker and Tracy, without the redundancy.

Kenpo Karate for Christ is a Christianized version of both Kenpo traditions. It is arranged by a Christian who is sympathetic to priorities a Christian looks for when choosing a teacher in any field. This system is suited especially for protecting the Sanctity of Life where even the offender is concerned. There is a greater emphasis placed on learning to restrain an opponent, and some of the targets are adjusted to be appropriate for a family friendly setting.

More to the point, Kenpo as practiced at Bluegrass Martial Arts, does not come with many of the commonly practiced Buddhist influenced traditions such as meditation, bowing to everything and everyone, or exercises promoting the use of "chi"/"ki" as opposed to the general laws of physics.

For further information on the curriculum, see the "Belts" tab. It will outline the entire system from Yellow Belt to 3rd Degree Black Belt.

Our class time efforts stay to the task of developing the  self defense skills, but there is an emphasis placed on using time outside of training to cultivate the intellect, the scholar as well. We are both scholars as well as warriors, so to provide some guidance in the ways of scholarship into the Christian Worldview we have a youtube channel available to unpack matters we do not have the class time to discuss in full.

This system of martial art has no eastern religious truth claims or faith practices. It is a complete system of self-defense that is coherent with the Christian worldview.

Bluegrass Martial Arts

2506 Plantside Dr, Louisville, KY 40299

(502) 499-4050