Kenpo is a mixture of five cultures; First and most important, Chinese; second Japanese, followed by Okinawan, Hawaiian (before Hawaii became a state) and American. The Kenpo Karate we teach reflects the original Chinese Martial Arts passed down from one generation to another for hundreds of years.
My name is Donald Roe, while living in Victoria I decided to study the martial arts, I knew about all the mainstream systems (judo, taekwondo, ninjitsui) at the time I was only interested in learning on a private lesson level and all the schools were only group oriented atmosphere. This was not appealing to me, and then I came across an ad for a dojo that specialized in private instruction teaching Kenpo karate. I knew nothing of this art, but I thought I would give them a try, little did I know that I would spend the next 22 years studying Kenpo.
Kenpo is a combination of ancient fighting techniques and modern scientific principals an unending flow of motion that can overwhelm any attacker. Kenpo is a practical martial art, every move creates a specific reaction in your opponent, each reaction leads you to your next move, every strike is a block and every block is a strike. Each move flows into the next this logical and sequential flow of action is the essence of Kenpo. I began my training in 1993 and by 1996 I became a certified instructor, then in 1999 I received my 1st degree black belt (Shodan) and with some encouragement I moved to Comox to open my own private school teaching Kenpo professionally.