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American Kenpo Class

Kenpo Karate Information

Advanced Kenpo Karate is a martial arts system of self-defense designed to adapt to the individual.

Kenpo Belt Ranks

Kenpo Karate Belt Ranks

All Rank Promotions are earned through training, skill development and hard work.

Jiu-Jitsu Class

Jiu-Jitsu Information

Jiu-Jitsu is a system based on ground techniques designed to overcome larger and stronger opponents.

Aurora Martial Arts School Hours

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
3:00p - 9:00p 10:30a - 12:30p
3:00p - 9:00p
3:00p - 9:00p 10:30a - 12:30p
3:00p - 9:00p
3:30p - 8:00p By Appointment

Class Schedule for In-Academy Training

Class Schedule

Kenpo Karate Belt Ranks and Areas of Testing

American Kenpo Belt Ranks

It is Mr. Donadio's belief that all students have the potential to reach the Black Belt level. To accomplish this, students will need to apply themselves to diligent training and regular class attendance, as well as develop the proper attitude (a willingness to learn and do their best). Helping the students to reach their potential and achieve "Black Belt Excellence" is the true goal of Mr. Donadio and Aurora Martial Arts!

Beginning Belt Ranks

White, Yellow and Orange Belts are considered beginning level belts. Students are introduced to the fundamentals; training will help to achieve better physical conditioning and focus. Students will also begin to create and develop speed and power in their kicks and punches and will learn to block and counter-punch with effectiveness. Self Defense skills are introduced and developed.

Intermediate Ranks

Purple, Blue and Green Belts are considered intermediate Martial Artists. Students will notice that their confidence has increased by this time. Students will have increased the effectiveness of their free-style sparring, self defense skills will be sharpened and movements have become more powerful.  Students are now well on the way to the Black Belt rank.

Advanced Ranks

There are three Brown Belt Ranks. During advanced training mental and emotional outlook is deepened, posture and body stance will express your a new found confidence. The physical aspects of the Martial Arts have been highly developed as well as a strong positive attitude.  In fact, the students hands and feet have become effective weapons of self defense.

Black Belt - Expert Rank

Finally, the Black Belt is the ultimate achievement in rank. Upon reaching this standard, you will have earned lifelong benefits, with quick reflexes, superb instincts, amazing speed and devastating power.  It takes the average person between 4 to 6 years to earn a Black Belt. (Note: School-aged children must have a "B" average prior to earning a Black Belt.)

Areas of Testing

Knowledge:  Students must know the entire curriculum necessary to progress to the next level. Each student should have Curriculum Requirement Sheets as part of their notebook.  Although effort is rewarded, more so at the beginning levels, students must be able to perform all movements in their belt's curriculum at an acceptable level of skill.

Basics and Application:  Good basics are the foundation of a good Martial Artist.  Therefore we expect students to perform basics competently at all belt levels. Students should also be able to demonstrate an understanding of the application of the movements they are learning.

Spirit and Energy:  Students are expected to perform their moves with high energy! "Kiai's" and intensity of movement can demonstrate this.

Fitness:  Students are expected to improve their fitness as they progress.  This is demonstrated by doing good push-ups and other calisthenics, as well as by performing the movements and forms with good endurance.

Attitude and Protocol: Students should demonstrate a positive and respectful attitude in and out of the Karate Class.  Respect is to be shown at all times to Parents, Teachers, Friends and Instructors.  Students should also follow the protocols of the school, such as remembering their Sir's and Ma'ams, keeping belongings in the proper place (shoes in the shoe bins, clothing and gear in a gear bag) and saluting as they enter and leave the school.

By training at Aurora Martial Arts, you will associate with some of the best people in Corvallis, people who take time to improve their mental and physical abilities. Give yourself or your child every opportunity to gain the winner's outlook through the development of new skills, with a strong sense of self-confidence, discipline, and respect.

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American Kenpo - AKTS Crest

Advanced Kenpo

American Kenpo is a fascinating system that is designed to be tailored to each individual. Therefore, anyone can do it – size, strength, athletic ability, and age do not play a factor. It was designed by the legendary Ed Parker, who began teaching it in 1954 and revised it several times up until his untimely death in December of 1990. Mr. Parker found that traditional martial arts were outdated so he designed a modern system of self-defense, which included a mix of boxing, judo, jiu-jitsu, and the Kenpo he had learned utilizing Chinese and Japanese movements. He also included modern logical concepts and principles to create a scientific system governed by the analytical study of motion/movement and laws of the universe (primarily physics and geometry). Kenpo works off principles of movement that incorporates both circles and lines. Therefore, it is a mixture of soft and hard movements, giving you the ultimate benefit of adapting to each situation. It focuses on defenses from all ranges and a multitude of common street attacks. Kenpo takes into account strikes, strike downs, contact manipulation (Throws, Locks, Twists...), Ground Techniques, Multiple Attacks, and Use of Weapons as extensions to our natural weapons. One of the strategies in Kenpo is the use of checking. Checking helps prevent retaliation and often forces an attacker into an awkward position which can effectively minimize his leverage.

The physical aspects of Kenpo are divided into four areas of study: Basic Fundamentals, Forms and Sets, Self-Defense, and Freestyle. Basics are the foundation of the system, they form an “alphabet of motion” these basics can be combined to create “words,” then “sentences,” and finally “paragraphs” of motion. Basic Fundamentals are originally learned phonetically through individual movements such as stances, blocks, parries, punches, strikes, finger techniques, kicks, and foot maneuvers. These basics are then combined into increasingly sophisticated sequences of movement called “forms” and “sets.” Self-defense techniques give definition and practical meaning to the fundamentals. They provide the manner of applying the basics for maximum effectiveness in a variety of pre-defined self-defense situations. Lastly, there is freestyle training which allows for extemporaneous use of the basics in a manner which emphasizes maneuverability, accuracy, timing, and the maintenance of proper distance.

Kenpo works based on natural movement and appropriate body mechanics. During the early stages of training a substantial amount of time is given to pre-set sequences. This will develop your coordination and will build your confidence. As you learn the concepts and principles of self-defense techniques within the “Ideal” phase you will realize that each technique was only an idea, not a law, they do not have to follow a set pattern. At the advanced stages you will be able to express yourself extemporaneously by altering the technique sequence at will. The outcome is the development of a martial artist who is fast, powerful, and capable of defending themselves.

Kenpo is known for its explosive speed and power, it is based on the practical application of self-defense techniques, principles, and strategies. When properly trained, the body is capable of generating tremendous force in a short span of space and time. This is achieved through training where the "Ands" are eliminated from your movement. You begin to move from "point of origin" and you develop the ability to relax your body in order to enhance your speed. When you choose a martial Arts System to study you need a martial art that is not only fast and powerful; you need one that offers effective self-defense techniques designed to work—American Kenpo.

American Kenpo is not only a martial arts system that provides practical self-defense skills. As exercise, Kenpo gives the body and overall healthful tone. It develops strength, agility, balance, coordination, quick reflexes, flexibility and more. Flexibility of body and mind is highly stressed in Kenpo. Physically it permits the freedom to strike any portion of an attacker’s anatomy, mentally it allows the kenpoist to apply creative solutions to challenging situations. — Overall Kenpo is an excellent method of relieving stress and enhancing our daily living.

No-Gi Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu

BJJ - No-Gi Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is primarily a ground-fighting art. Most techniques involve both fighters on the mat. There is a heavy emphasis on positional strategy. Positions are stable situations, from which a large variety of techniques are available to both fighters. Techniques are taught that are designed either to improve position or else as a finishing submissions. 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu focuses on constant pressure from unorthodox positions such as the Rubber Guard, Twister Side Control, Monkey Mount (Gangsta Lean) and the half-guard position known as the "Lock Down". Eddie Bravo created this no-gi style of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after defeating Royler Gracie via triangle choke in the ADCC 2003. The main premise behind 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu is that the art should keep evolving, finding new ways to attack and counter.

BJJ allows you to train at your own pace according to your ability, you are not letting anyone down. Some will 'get it' immediately during instruction; others take more time, the key is perseverance. BJJ is an extremely challenging martial art, sometimes referred to as 'human chess' because of the intellectual and strategic component in training. The training is physical and the physical challenges you will experience are best met with a strong mind. Regular training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can increase cardiovascular and muscular health while improving flexibility, coordination and endurance. BJJ is “Fitness with a Purpose”!

BJJ training emphasizes the importance of technique over force. While smaller practitioners may struggle for success early on in their training, because smaller individuals must also make the technique work to progress, they can often develop an impressive level of technique. In turn, this technical ability can be used to neutralize the strength advantage of a larger untrained attacker. This principle has clear benefits where the female practitioner is concerned.

Belt ranks start at white belt, and progress through blue, purple, brown, and then black. It generally takes about 2-3 years of training multiple times per week to be promoted to the next belt rank. Promotions are based on performance on the mat and application of technique.

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