Aikido is one of the world's newest, most mysterious martial arts, incorporating graceful dance-like maneuvers with the ancient combat skills of Japan's most famous fighting arts. By training the mind as well as the body, Aikido unlocks hidden strengths in even the smallest person, young or old, male or female. Aikido teaches defense without aggression, control without humiliation.

By embracing the laws of nature, the student learns to allow the aggressor to defeat himself. Without attacks or contests, Aikido aims at calming the mind in the face of stressful situations. It has been called the "zen of martial arts."

Okinawan Kempo Karate Jitsu is a classical system of karate encompassing a great deal more than punching and kicking. The techniques are those that were used by the ancient warriors of the Ryukyu Islands. It is these that separate Okinawan Kempo from the modern and traditional forms of karate.

Kempo: a martial art that includes grappling techniques (tuite), vital point strikes (kyusho jitsu), and weapons techniques (kobudo). These are not separate arts or additions to karate, but are contained in the original art.

Karate: The art of self-defense using the whole body, including the Empty hand, T'ang hand, or China hand.

Jitsu: The science and study of karate through training the mind as well as the body.

Today there are many different styles of karate. These styles are related, but differ in philosophy and interpretation of concepts. As such, karate is classed into three categories - Modern (the karate-exercise programs), Traditional (Kenpo and Taekwondo), and Classical (Kempo).


Gary Chase, Sensei (Aikido and Kempo)

Clif Bullard, Sensei (Kempo)

Julie Thomas, Sensei (Aikido)

John Lloyd, Sensei (Aikido)

Ralph White, Sensei (Aikido and Kempo)

John Thomas (Aikido)

Jerry Leek (Aikido)



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