Kenpo Karate

At Abington Martial Arts Academy, we study the art of Kenpo Karate. This form of martial arts came to America from Hawaii in 1936 from James Mitose and his Black Belt student, William Chow.

William Chow changed the name from kempo to kenpo and is perhaps the person most responsible for promoting Kenpo Karate in the United States. Grand Master Edmund Parker brought Kenpo Karate to the mainland in 1954.

Kenpo Karate is a system of martial arts characterized by the use of quick moves in rapid-fire succession intended to overwhelm an opponent. It is a self- defense system and is derived from traditional Southern Chinese KungFu and other martial arts found in the cultural melting pot of Hawaii.

There are many benefits to studying Kenpo Karate that are experienced by children and adults. There is no better fitness benefit than getting a physical workout while also learning how defends yourself and others that need your help.

Benefits to Kenpo Karate:


  • Increasing strength
  • Improved flexibility
  • Increased hand-eye coordination
  • Instilling lifetime fitness habits

  • Improved self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Self-reliance
  • The courage to tackle new challenges
  • Overcome fear and anxiety issues

  • Respect for self, family, and humanity
  • Self-control
  • Self-discipline
  • Achieve goals within Martial Arts and life

  • Martial arts teaches a “take charge” attitude
  • Team work
  • Interaction with other students
  • Goal Achievement

Contact Abington Martial Arts today for more information.