What Do We Offer?

At MadCity Kenpo we specialize in teaching adults self-defense in private lessons and group classes. Your specialized instruction customizes your training and individualizes the experience. Our programs are designed to fit your schedule and lifestyle. Programs are also offered to groups of friends and family as well as youth students.

How Does Our Ranking System Work?

Kenpo Karate consists of 9 color belt levels up to 1st Black and then continues with 10 levels of black belt.

After learning the criteria for each belt, students are fully prepared before being tested by their personal certified instructor. Rather than waiting for set “testing times”,  students are awarded their rank when they can demonstrate proficient skill at their requirements.

Origins Of Kenpo

We teach a timeless martial art that is practical for the modern world. A blend of five cultures, we originated in China over twenty-one generations ago. Kenpo was studied and influenced in Okinawa, Japan, and Hawaii before reaching the continental United States. Due to our many influences, Kenpo is both a circular and linear system, taking advantages from both.

Practical. Effective. Real.

We present to you a street practical self-defense system that is applicable to the real world. Students learn to use effective and appropriate hand-to-hand defenses in their self-defense training. In a controlled environment and with consistent exposure to various attacks, you will be prepared for any situation and understand how to adapt on the fly. Whether defending against one opponent or multiple, we will train you to respond quickly with logic and effectiveness. 

Programs Tailored to You

Whether you’re looking for you or someone else, we’ve got you covered.


  • What is Kenpo Karate?

    Kenpo is a street practical self-defense system that has been around for 21 generations. With influences from across the world Kenpo designed to be practical and highly effective.

  • Is Kenpo a sport?

    Students are fully prepared and may compete if desired, but the focus of Kenpo is the street application of self-defense.

  • What makes Kenpo different from other martial arts?

    While all martial arts have extraordinary benefits for its participants, Kenpo is one of the oldest martial arts and focuses on self-defense first, not sports.

  • Am I too old to start?

    There is no such thing as too old to start. Our lessons are fully customizable to the individual and their abilities. The best time to start is now. After all, the journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.

  • Do you teach Katas?

    Yes we do. Katas are an essential part of martial arts. Students also have the option to learn additional katas if desired.

  • Should I be in shape before I start?

    Not at all. Your lessons are tailored to you. Through the process of learning self-defense you also gain amazing bodyweight routines that burn calories and help you get fit.

  • How long does it take to earn belts?

    The pace that you achieve rank is entirely up to you. Everyone progresses at different speeds and there are no set testing times. Our goal is to help you achieve your goals and, most of all, to ensure that you have a complete understanding of the material you receive.

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