New Students

Uniform Patch Placement

Patch Explanations

Please note, if you look at uniforms online you will more than likely see a lot of variation. The IKKA crest however should always be placed on the left (over the heart).

Kenpo Crest

The IKKA crest, has a lot of meaning, the curved top is a roof, showing the protection the system provides, the sides – walls, are curved to deflect evil, the bottom of the crest is an axe. If the art is misused/abused, the practitioner is cut off from the association.

The Dragon represents wisdom and the spirit required to attain mastery, the Tiger represents physical energy and strength. The circle represents circular motion, the lines represent the 8 angles of attack and the 18 Hands of Lohan – the system upon which all Chinese Martial Arts go back to. The gray inside the circle is for gray matter in the brain – we’re supposed to think about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.

Universal Pattern

A memory device to help remind students of the lines and arcs that are incorporated into the ways Kenpo students move. The negative space also reminds us that things can be filled in with broad motion if necessary.

Kenpo Flame

The 3 tips of the flame stand for the 3 stages of learning – primitive, mechanical, and spontaneous. The colors represent proficiency in the art – white for beginner, brown/back for expert, and red for professorship.

The patch was originally given as a part of registration for International Karate Championships in Long Beach California. Master Martinez allows for students Brown or above to wear the patch if desired.

American Flag

American Kenpo Karate was founded in the US, and our school is in the US so we have American flags to show where we’re from.

Depending on the style of flag patch, it may have some meaning – in the military for instance the flag flows toward the back signifying that you’re moving toward danger (think about how a flag moves against the wind).

Tony Martinez Lineage

We train under Master Tony Martinez Sr. so we wear the patch to show our lineage.

Standard Patch Placements

Flag on the right shoulder, lineage on the right chest, crest on the left chest, universal pattern on the right arm. The Kenpo flame would go on the right chest, typically above the lineage patch.

Other Patches

Rocker patches displaying the students last name, place where they train may be placed above/below the crest, as well patches displaying “Kenpo” may be placed above the Universal Pattern.

There are several other patches such as the Kenpo Karate hands (shield and hammer), other affiliation patches, accomplishment patches are often displayed down either sleeve or the pant legs.

New Students

The Kenpo Creed

I come to you with only Karate, empty hands, I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my principles or my honor, should it be a matter of life or death, of right or wrong; then here are my weapons, Karate, my empty hands.

Ed Parker Sr.

New Students

Dojo Etiquette

Why is Etiquette Important?

Studying the martial arts means that you’re studying violence. Violence is anything but polite. The danger of what’s being practiced requires respect, both for the subject matter as well as for training partners.

Basic Practices

  • When approaching the training area, bow before entering
  • When leaving the training area, bow to the training area before leaving
  • When given a command by an instructor respond with a firm “yes sir/ma’am”
  • When receiving instruction stand in a ready stance while watching/listening to the instructor
  • When practicing techniques with others adjust your level of execution to the comfort level of your partner

New Students

How to Tie Your Belt

Why is this Important?

Putting on your uniform should help prepare mentally to start training. Part of what you should be getting from training is discipline, the techniques we study require it to be executed properly. So if you don’t have the discipline to tie your belt properly, how can you be expected to perform the techniques?

Tying Your Belt

Much of the proportions depend on the length of your belt in relation to the size of you waist – so getting the ends even will take some practice!

There are only a few simple steps to tie your belt properly:

  • Take the right side of your belt about 1/5 of the way up from the end with your right hand and hold it under your belly-button
  • Now take the left side of your belt and go around your back with your left hand
  • Cross the belt over the point you’re holding with your right hand
  • Continue wrapping the belt around your waist until you come all the way to where the ends cross again
  • Take the top layer (the now right side) and go down and then bring it up behind both layers of your belt
  • Cinch the belt up until snug (still need to be able to breathe) – both ends should be even here
  • Take the left side in your right hand and pull it across under the right end of your belt (it will make something of a loop)
  • Lay the right side over the top of the loop and then pull it back up and through the loop
  • Grab the ends and jerk tight

You’ll know it’s tied right if both sides of the knot are level left to right (a common mistake has the belt ends point up and down).