Student Benefits of Studying Teen Kenpo

    Students will learn…

    Self-esteem, Self-discipline, Self-Respect, Confidence.

    Increased Self-Esteem – Confidence comes with achievement, so your students’ self-esteem level will get a boost with every new move they master and every belt they earn. Students who struggle with a low sense of self-worth usually become more confident as time progresses while they’re enrolled in a Kenpo class. Students develop positive attitude through successful accomplishments of goals. The students can take the positive attitude with them to help accomplish other important tasks and face other challenges in their lives.


     Self-Discipline – One of the central tenets of Kenpo is self-discipline. Today’s kids are so accustomed to receiving instant gratification that lessons in self-restraint and discipline aren’t always easy to come by. Students with Kenpo training, however, are continually reminded of how essential self-discipline is. Kenpo actually helps teach self-discipline and socialization skills. Many parents whose children have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report great success with these exercise programs because self-control and concentration are exactly the skills underdeveloped in ADHD kids. “Exercise turns on the attention system, the so-called executive functions — sequencing, working memory, prioritizing, inhibiting, and sustaining attention,” says John Ratey, M.D., an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  Students develop Concentration skills which help them to stay focused, develop stillness and work hard to accomplish their goals.

    "It's good for attention, it's good for how fast individuals process information, and how they perform cognitive tasks.” Says Dr. Charles Hillman of the University of Illinois.  A 2010 study at Naperville, Illinois, showed that exercise and the test results were astounding. Reading scores up nearly twice as much. Math scores up by a factor of 20. –ABC News April 14th 2010.

    Instilling a Sense of Respect – Learning Teen Kenpo will require students to show their instructor unflinching respect. Today’s student culture doesn’t always include respect for authority, adults or those in advanced positions. Students in Teen Kenpo will be learning lessons in respect along with new moves.


    Confidence: Teen Kenpo focuses on providing students with a positive atmosphere where they can build their confidence, even after a bad day at school or playing a sport. It’s a place where they’ll find support when they feel down or discouraged. We are ready and able to give students the additional support to face life’s challenges and stay on the right path.


    Encouraging Non-Violent Conflict Resolution – Thinking that Kenpo instruction promotes violent behavior is a false impression from television or movies. Kenpo teaches peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and to always be aware of the environment. Emphasis is on the importance of avoiding a physical altercation. 


    Perseverance is instilled in our students. Techniques are not mastered on the first attempt.  We teach students they can complete a task even if they have not yet, because it’s too hard, or because they’ve failed the first time. Instead we teach them to relax, regroup and give a 100-percent effort again.


    Boosting Socialization Skills – Students with difficulty in highly social environments may find it easier to get to know people and make new friends when they’re in a room filled with peers who share a common interest. The students may not always have much common ground, but devotees to Kenpo are able to get to know one another through shared pursuits. Partner-driven forms also foster camaraderie, as they require students to pair off and build their skills together.


    Health Benefits by Encouraging Physical Activity – Enrolling an inactive child in such a physically demanding pastime not only discourages the sedentary lifestyle they are used to, but also gives them an enjoyable activity that inspires to keep moving.  We have an epidemic of childhood obesity in this country.  Kenpo is a great way to get moving and burn off calories, building strength and endurance.  Students will tune coordination with proper balance, learning to breathe correctly, and hand-eye coordination these skills are essential in sports such as baseball, football, gymnastics and soccer.  Teen Kenpo intentionally develops cross body movement which is different than haphazard activities. 


    Thirty minutes of aerobic exercise daily is as effective at fighting depression as medication according to clinical studies.  Plus there is no risk of addiction to exercise.  The positive side effect of exercise is a healthy body and mind. 


    Psychosomatic Medicine 62:633–638 (2000)


    Set and Achieve Goals – Kenpo is based around an accomplishment system of colored belts that signify the wearer’s degree of skill. When students strive toward each new belt, they learn valuable lessons about setting and reaching goals.


    Leadership: Learning to teach a lower belt student is part of the training.  This leadership role is taught and expected in blue belt and above. 


    Improving Listening Skills – In order to master the skills your child is being taught as they advance through the belt ranks, your child will have to exercise superior listening skills. Children who have difficulty paying attention can benefit from the verbal instruction and one-on-one work in their dojo.


    Developing Teamwork Skills – Whether the student is breaking boards, practicing techniques/forms to get a new belt, or in a practice setting to master a new maneuver, there are few things that students do in Teen Kenpo classes that will be done on their own.


    Defense:  Not only physically, but more importantly, how to preemptively avoid dangerous situations.  Avoiding physical confrontation by being taught both indirectly and directly.  Even though we teach to avoid confrontations, if the need arises, students can be secure in their knowledge of how to defend themselves from physical harm using their training.