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Congratulations are due for the following black belts
Sensei Andrew D. SANDAN
Sensei Mike R. SANDAN
These fine Martial Artist demonstrate competency in all areas of our art at the highest level and received their new rank in Ping Shen Tao . Their examination of 4 hour test was held at the Pence Self-Defense Academy 3/4/2012.
Also A special thanks to the their black belt Brothers who helped out all day
Trev, Chris, & Shawn! I'm very proud of all of you.

Student Code of Honor
"I vow to never use my Martial Art training for any purpose that would convey a negative image of myself or my Family. My training is to improve me both mentally and physically, so that I am able to help others do the same, in and out of my Dojo."

Shihan Nesta and the jr. Black Belts

The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Black Belt test 5/29/05


1. We should always have FUN in class!

2. No member shall engage in any behavior that brings discredit to themselves or their dojo.

3. Students shall maintain a well kept and sanitary appearance. This means nails should cut and members should wash and clean themselves. Uniforms should be neat and be washed. Jrs, dont play at home or eat in your GI. Be proud of your appearance and don't let your uniform become dirty.

4. Students shall kneel when they put on or take off their belt out of respect for all who have trained before them .

5. NO horse playing in class, ever!

6. Members must be in proper uniform with all proper patches in place by the day of testing if they expect to test for their first rank promotion.

7. Absolutely NO JEWELRY or GUM is allowed

8. Please be polite and use the proper terms for your instructor and all senior ranks. Sensei should be referred to as such within the dojo. All higher ranks should be referred to as "sir" or "ma'am". Children should use "sir and ma'am" regardless of their fellow students rank. Out of respect for their elders.

9. When a Black Belt, (out of respect for the many years of dedication and hard work it took for them to achieve their rank.) ALL students should kneel when she or he puts on their belt. It doesn't come easy, If it did, everyone would have a Black Belt .

10. All students are asked to please be cautious while practicing. DO NOT EXPERIMENT WITH NEW TECHNIQUES WITHOUT SUPERVISION! they can be very dangerous.

11. All members must NEVER use their knowledge except to avoid injury to yourself or your loved ones. (it is as easy to hurt a friend as it is to hurt an attacker). If you do, YOU WILL BE EXPELLED.

12. Students must bow to the Flag when entering and leaving This dojo.

13. Criticism of other styles or practitioners will NOT be tolerated in this dojo. (leave your ego at the door).

14. Use discretion when explaining to others about our school where techniques are concerned.

15. Please take special care of all equipment or property. This is YOUR Dojo. Respect it.

16. To advance in rank, a person must have good attendance, know the techniques forms. Also, all dues must be current.

17. Members shall adhere to these rules. If you have a question about a rule, please see Sensei.

 a.k.a. ( The DEMOULAS Set )
1. Front Punch
 2. Thrust Punch
 3. Back Punch
 4. Hammer Punch
 5. Downward Sword 
 6. Dragon Palm
 7. Tiger Claw
 8. Leopard Paw
 9. Rolling Thunder
10. Snake
11. Upward Elbow
12. Cross Elbow
13. Twin Dragon
14. Crane
15. Trigger Punch
16. Immortal Man
17. Driving Sword
18. Inverted Hammer
19. Inverted Ridge
20. Downward Ridge
1. Bow   
2. Show hiken (a.k.a.) Kempo hands or front position.
3. Step out with right foot to horse stances as you perform a high cross block, then pull hand back to
ribs in a back punch position.
4. Start set with the right fist then left then right and so on.... All strikes done from horse stances.
5. After last strike right foot comes back to left as left open hand lands on top of right roll hands back
into back punch position as the hands met at  your ribs.
6. Step out with right foot to horse stances as you perform a high cross block with Kiai, then pull hand back to ribs in a back punch position.
7. Right foot comes back to left as left to show hiken (a.k.a.) Kempo hands or front position.
8. Bow 
9. Ready stance placing two downward front punches forward to frame the belt (obi) knot.

Kicking set for PST

Right Foot: Front Kick
Left Foot: Side Kick
Right Foot: Back Kick
Left Foot: Round House Kick
Right Foot: Hook Kick
Left Foot: Crescent Kick
Right Foot: Reverse Crescent Kick
Left Foot: Stepping Stool Kick
Drill 1;
Preform all kics from 3x3 area with left foot forward fighting stance and the right foot kicking.Repeat starting with the left fot first.
Drill 2;
Each foot steps forward after the kick Repeat starting with the left fot first.
Drill 3.
Each foot steps forward after the kick and incorparate spinning foot work Repeat starting with the left fot first.
Drill 4. 
Laro. Play, free flow, combo kicks all angles.    


Tree Front position,  Horse (Training) , Crane (One-Leg)

Ready, Forward (fight stance), South Paw (right foot forward fighting stance)  Full, Half, Flat Cat , Twist , Wide Kneel , Close Kneel

Clock Kicks

Right foot Kick

Inverted Front Stomp 2 O'clock . Front Snap 12 O'clock . Side Snap Thrust 10 O'clock.

Left foot Kick.

Inverted Front Stomp 10 O'clock. Front Snap 12 O'clock. Side Snap Thrust 2 O'clock.

Foot Maneuvers

Shuffle ,Pivot, Front Crossover, Rear Crossover, Step-Drag , Drag-Push, Half moon , Spin, Boxing, Hachi do, Zig-zag , Get-out, Step-Thru

 Elbow strikes

Upward Elbow,  Whipping Elbow,  Reverse Elbow , Downward Elbow , Inward Driving Elbow,  Outward Reverse Elbow,  Twisting Reverse Elbow , Twisting Downward Elbow

8 point Blocking system

#1-2 Circular Outward block; right then left

#3-4 Inward across block; right then left

#5-6 Upward block; right then left

#7-8 Downward Outward block; right then left

Find a deep horse stance to work from.

Each hand not blocking gets chambered on the last rib, elbow back, not flared.

Tight fist and tight wrist is a must.


8 point Blocking System with Counters

#1-2 Circular Outward block; right then left each followed with a front punch to the center line, chest high of the attacker.

#3-4 Inward across block; right then left each followed with a back punch to the center line neck high of the attacker.

#5-6 Upward block; right then left each followed with a hammer punch to the outside line rib high of the attacker.

#7-8 Downward Outward block ; right then left each followed with a rolling back fist (rolling thunder) to the center line nose high.


8 point Blocking system with Simultaneous Counters

#1-2 Circular Outward block; right then left, each Simultaneously counters with opposite hand front punch to the center line, chest high of the attacker.

#3-4 Inward across block; right then left each Simultaneously counters with opposite hand Trust punch to the just off center line, rib high of the attacker.

#5-6 Upward block; right then left each Simultaneously counters with opposite hand cross hammer punch to the opposite side line, rib high of the attacker.

#7-8 Downward Outward block ; right then left each Simultaneously counters with opposite hand rolling back fist (rolling thunder) to the center line nose high of the attacker.

Martial Arts Terminology


Atemi Waza- Japanese: Atemi meaning body blows( from Ateru, to strike, and Mi, body and Waza meaning technique. Atemi and blows aimed at the vital or weak points of an opponents body in order to paralyze, by means of intense pain.


Balance - Two triangles, head and chest. If they point in different directions, balance is off.

Bapak  - Indonesian:  Father. Used to convey affection to a mentor, or founder of a style.

Beset - Indonesian: rear stepping sweep or tripping obstacle. / beset dalem / Inside sweep, beset luar / outside sweep-.

Basics - Simplified moves that comprise the fundamentals of any art. Divided into stances, maneuvers, blocks, strikes, parries, kicks, and methods, etc.

Block - A defensive maneuver used to check or hinder an opponent.

Bob and Weave - Body maneuvers used to avoid an attack. A "bob" involves a vertical movement of the body. A "weave" is a horizontal side to side movement of the body.

Borrowed Force - An opponent's force which is used to defeat him. This can be accomplished by going with the opponent's force or, upon occasion, going against his force. The concept allows your opponent's force to enhance the effectiveness of your action.

Bodhidharma -India: (Da Mo) prince of a small tribe in South India who became a warrior priest and 28th patriarch of the Buddhist faith. Known for setting the ground work for Shaolin chuan-fa.

Budo - Japanese:"The Way of Combat" A name given in the 20th century for all martial arts in general, with the emphasis on their aspects. In addition to the physical discipline and movement, it implies an attitude of mental fortitude and a distinct ethical code.


Check - To restrain, hinder, or repress an opponent from taking action. This is accomplished by pressing, pinning, or hugging an opponent usually at the joints so that it minimizes his leverage and nullifies his actions.

Ch’uan Fa - Chinese- "Way of the Fist." the name originally given by the Shaolin Monks to their fighting art.

Chi Kung -Chinese- the practice of cultivating chi (energy)

Chin Na - Chinese- “seize and control.” Chinese ancestor of jujitsu which uses traps, locks, and pressure point attacks as well as holds and throws.


Chi  - A Chinese term used to describe the powers that can be generated when the mind and body are totally unified. It involves total complete synchronization of mind, breath, and strength to achieve maximum force. It is that extra inner force created by the precise synchronization of the conscious and subconscious mind.

Chow,William - (AKA Thunderbolt) studied Hung Gar kung fu /Kosho-Ryu Kempo one of seven Black Belts promoted by James Mitose (signed by Thomas Young)

 Chojun, Miyagi- Founder of Goju-Ryu Karate-Was the first to introduce Kempo Karate to the U.S .In 1934 he came to the Island of Kauai Hawaii and taught more than a 100 students. Miyagi is the base for the Mr. Miyagi character of the movies. Circular Movements - Moves that predominantly loop or follow a curve. Such moves can be used defensively or offensively.

Classical - Traditional methods and moves used by the so called, "pure system" of Martial Arts.

Claws - Refers to the fingertips as used in a technique.

Clock Principle - A system in teaching, to help the student to visually imagine the direction which he is to follow. Generally asked to think of himself as being in the middle of a big clock facing 12 o'clock with 6 o'clock to the rear, 3 and 9 to his right and left and all other number in their respective places.

 Close Range Encounters - Action that occurs within elbow and knee distance. Common Sense - It is that sixth sense that many lack. It is the ability to overcome problems and difficult situations by using logic.

Crescent - A path of action that can be compared and paralleled to a hooking type maneuver.


Dan - Japanese  - Black Belt levels 1-10 in Kempo and most budo.

Dekiti-Tirsia-Siradas -Tagalog- A combat system of  it is defined as a close-quarter in-fighting system which is made up of close-quarter sectoring tactics. Which is a higher method of training for reality in combat. this art puts a direct emphasis on the development of effective footwork along with the correct application of body and striking angles. Grandmaster Jerson "Nene" Tortal

Dim Mak - Chinese:lit.(poison hand) the art of delivering damaging waves of chi to destroy your attackers organs.

Dojo - Japanese: "Place of the Way." Kempo training hall.


Economy of Motion - Any movement that takes less time to execute and still causes the intended effect.

Eighteen Hand Movements - The original number of hand movements first developed to defend or attack an opponent. These moves supposedly formed the foundations of Shaolin Boxing.

Erishi Shou- Chinese " Twenty Palms." Black Belt blocking exercise.


Feint - A misleading move used to deceive an opponent.

Focus - Is the result of the entire body working as a unit at the very instant a target is struck. The concentration of mind (knowledge) breath, strength, and methods of execution must unite as one in conjunction with body momentum, torque, gravitational marriage, timing, speed, penetration, etc.

 Form - Is literally a short story of motion. These motions are offensive and defensive maneuvers incorporated into a dance for purposes of learning, home training and exercise. They are usually done without a partner.

Formulate - The combining of moves into a systematized order, which when properly organized, develops into a logical and practical sequential arrangement.

Full Contact - Is the professional method of free style (sparring) where actual hitting is accepted as part of the rules.


Guru:Indonesian:  Leader of Practice

Guru Tuan: Indonesian: 'prince' teacher, uncle


Hammering - A particular method of striking which resembles the action of a hammer pounding a nail from various angles.

Hiken -Japanese:"hidden fist." The Kempo fist/palm salute.

Hachi Ten Do -Japanese: " Eight Point Way" Basic blocking exercise in four sections.

Harimau - Indonesian; Sumatran Tiger Style, low to the ground, creeping movement to upset an opponents root. The tiger it’s self  is found only on the island of Sumatra.This tiger has webbing on its paws that make it a great swimmer. There are only 400 or so of these tigers left in existence making them a very endangered species.


Judo - Japanese: lit.(the gentle way)sport Jujitsu

Jurus: fundamental movement done alone - the 'root' of pencak silat

Ju jitsu - Japanese: "gentle art." Techniques of throwing, joint locking, holding, and choking as well as escape techniques employed in self defense.


Kali - An ancient Philippine martial art, which is also known by other names, such as Eskrima, Arnis, Arnis de Mano, and FMA.  

Kara-te - Japanese:  for "empty hand." Officially changing Chinese Kara (T'ANG) Te -to Japanese Kara Te (Empty Hand)  October 25, 1926 / The conference of Okinawan Karate master at which was agreed the term Karate be adopted as the official name of this Martial Art.

Kata - Japanese: "formal exercise" or "form." A pattern of predetermined fighting movements.(thirteen forms are required for Black Belt.).

Karambit - Indonesian: small curved blade, the shape of the blade is related to animist beliefs about the power of tigers, the blade is in the shape of a tiger claw It’s  found among the cultures of Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. In all of these cultures it may have been used as an agricultural tool as well as a weapon.

 Kuda-kuda - Indonesian: horse stance (kuda = 'horse')

Kung fu - Chinese for skill acquired through practice."Kong shou- Chinese for "empty hand"Ki - A Japanese term for Chi.

Langkah: footwork exercises (lit. 'step')

Locks - Moves that lock the joints or body parts of your opponent to restrain him from taking further action. It combines methods of pushing and pulling.

Long Range Encounters - Action that occurs at arm length or the length of a leg.


Maha Guru -  Indonesian:  Senior Teacher, Professor

Meditation - A brief period of mental relaxation used in the arts to eliminate outside distractions from the mind in order to fully concentrate on activities that are to be learned in class. Taking the time to do this helps to avoid unnecessary injury which might otherwise occur.

 Mui Fa Shou - Chinese " Plum Flower Hands" Black Belt blocking  exercise.


Ping-Te - Chinese (Ping) / Japanese (Te): lit.Peaceful Hand”  The name given to the base techniques of the art P.S.T.

Putar Kepala - Indonesian - head turning throw ; putar = rotate, kepala = head

Pakul  - Indonesian - to strike or collide


San Chai Na -Chinese &Japanese: "Three Powers Controlling" Mind Body &Spirit.

Sapu - Indonesian - ankle sweep, torqueing throw. Sapu luar / Inside sweep, / Sapu dalem outside sweep.

Sempai -Japanese.:lit. second in command a senior student who serves Sensei as a model for technique.

Silat - Indonesian - literally "lightning" Combat usage of pentjak movements, the study of combat.

System - Is the unification of related concepts, principles, truths, and basic elements of a particular school of Martial Arts.

Sapu Dalam - Indonesian - inside foot sweep

Sapu Luar - Indonesian - outside foot sweep

Sarong - Indonesian - wrap-around skirt-type garment common in Indonesia,


Take Down Maneuvers - Moves of defense or attack that cause an opponent to fall to the ground to immobilize, restrain, control, or to further attack.

Talon - Refers to a grab attack as used in a technique.

Target Areas - Vital areas on your or your opponent's body which can cause injury or damage when struck.

Te - An Okinawain term which means "hand". Their Art was originally called Okinawa-te or "hand Art" of Okinawa. This was later changed by the Japanese to karate meaning "empty hand".

Technique - Pre-planned moves that can be used defensively or offensively with successful results.

Telegraphing - Body language that often works against you. These movements warn your opponent of your intended action and help to prepare him for his defense.

Traditional - Generally refers to those practitioners of the Martial Arts who adhere to custom or the original concepts and moves of a particular system.

Trapping - Any stratagem designed to catch a natural weapon to prevent it from escaping.


Wing Chun -Chinese:lit. (beautiful Springtime) The common legend involves young woman who had refused the local warlord's marriage offer. She asks a local buddhist nun, Ng Mui, to teach her boxing , she won her fight with the warlord and married here first love, the art was later named after her Yim Wing Chun. Bruce Lee's base art.

Wu Shu-Chinese:Mandarin; national martial art of China


Zen- Buddhist form of meditation perpetuated by Tamo (Daruma),  Indaian Prince.

Zone Theories - This entails visualizing imaginary boundaries or zones of height, width and depth superimposed on your or your opponent's body.

Mitose,James -Father of modern Kempo opened official self-defense club in Honolulu in 1942 in protest of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

"Be Civil to all, Sociable to many, Familiar with few, Friend to one, Enemy to none". 
Benjamin Franklin 

If you have any questions about class cancellelations due to Snow or Bad Weather... call the school.1 877 KARATE U.S.A. - there will be a  special message of cancellation, if not classes will be held.

Class Inductees of 2003
Master Alvin Aguilar Man of the Year - Filipino Arts
Sifu Rick Armstrong Sifu of the Year - Pai Lum Tao
Sensei Brandon Baird Man of the Year - Isshin Ryu
Tiffany Danielle Frost Bell Recognized Youth Female Competitor of the Year - Isshin Ryu
Whitney Nicole Frost Bell Recognized Youth Black Belt of the Year - Isshin Ryu
Grand Master John Beluschak Grand Master of the Year - Hapkido
Renshi Zurriane Bennett Renshi of the Year - Goju
Shihan Olaf Bock International Man of the Year
Master Bob Brewer Master of the Year - Kaju Bujutsu Kwai
Guro Chester Brown Jr. Man of the Year - Filipino Arts
Michiel & Kim Burnham Outstanding Parent Support
Sifu Kelly Butler Outstanding Instructor of the Year
Master Benson Campbell Outstanding Martial Artist of the Year
Professor Marcel Carles Man of the Year - Judo
Professor Wayne Carmen Pioneer Award
Master Richard Cazares Man of the Year - Tae Kwon Do
Sensei Anthony Charles International Kickboxer of the Year
Master William Chestnut Jr. Master of the Year - Judo
Sifu Stephen Colkett Instructor of the Year - Kung Fu Wushu
Sifu Dug Corpolongo Sifu of the Year - Chinese Arts
Renshi Janos Czari International Renshi of the Year
Master Tim Dahle Master of the Year - Chinese Arts
Master John Daigle Golden Life Achievement Award
Shad S. de Guzman Mixed Martial Arts Instructor of the Year
Renshi Bejamin Deleon Sr. Renshi of the Year - Ju Jitsu
Master Eutimio Delgado Outstanding Contribution
Master Clifton Dillehay Master of the Year - Kenpo
Shihan Soraya Holguin Dujarric International Shihan of the Year
Grand Master Don Le Fields Diamond Life Achievement Award
Guro Jeff (Stickman) Finder Universal Man of the Year
Sifu Delroi Flood Sifu of the Year - Wing Chun
Grand Master Gary Findley Outstanding Contribution to the Martial Arts
Renshi Jens Fricke Renshi of the Year  - Shotokan
Sensei Buddy Garrett Instructor of the Year - Ju Jitsu
Christopher Gallio Recognized National Youth Competitor of the Year
Master Willie (Bear) Galloway Jr. Outstanding Master Award
Grand Master Joseph Gonzales Distinguished Martial Artist
Curtis W. Hanson Recognized Youth Competitor of the Year - Isshin Ryu
Grand Master Don Harries Grand Master of the Year - Wu Chun Tang
Dr. Matthew Harris Master of the Year - Kakuto Shin Ryu
Professor Kenneth Haugland Head Founder of the Year
Dr. Jose Luis Hinojosa MD/MA Black Belt Competitor of the Year
Master Bernd Hohle International Martial Artist of the Year
Dr. Richard Hoyer Most Distinguished Master of the Year - Isshin Ryu
Professor A. Perry Hubbs II Recognized Outstanding Achievements - Business
Shihan Gerald Jenkins Outstanding Shihan Award
Grand Master Steven Jimerfield Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics Instructor of the Year
Shihan George Johnson Outstanding Shihan of the Year
Sensei Thomas Jordan Recognized Total Commitment to the Martial Arts
Grand Master Lance Kellogg Outstanding Grand Master of the Year
Dr. Michael Kelly DO. Outstanding Man of the Year - Martial Arts
Professor Patrick Kennedy International Man of the Year - Kenpo
Master Noparat Khotphankul Outstanding Master of the Year
Sensei Logan Lee Jr. Instructor of the Year - American Freestyle Kenpo Karate
Ethan Leigh Recognized Competitor of the Year - Kang Moo Kwan
Sensei Tom Leigh Instructor of the Year - Kang Moo Kwan
Master Jerry Lewis School of the Year - Oak Ridge Academy of Martial Arts
Shihan Malcolm Livingston Distinguished Shihan of the Year
Grand Master Walt Lysak Sr. Living Legend Award
Master Walt Lysak Jr. Universal Master of the Year
Hanshi Edmund Maciejzcyk Universal Award of the Year
Grand Master William Maier Outstanding Grand Master of the Year
Sensei J. Daniel Mikeska Instructor of the Year - Jeet Kune Do
Master David Mosser Master of the Year - Seiei Kan Karate
Sensei Nic Mosser Recognized Black Belt Youth Competitor of the Year
Master Pat Munk Man of the Year - Kenpo
Master Johnny Murphy Master of the Year - Weapons
Sensei Howard Nuchols Black Belt Instructor of the Year - Isshin Ryu
Dr. Eliseo Olivares Man of the Year - Kakuto Shin Ryu
Master Dave Park Master of the Year - Isshin Ryu
Sensei Harold (Skip) Parr Black Belt of the Year - Kakuto Shin Ryu
Sensei Kevin W. Pence Sr. Instructor of the Year - San Chai Na Kempo
Sifu Alfredo Posada Instructor of the Year - Spiritual Kung Fu
Professor Michael Rash Master of the Year - Martial Arts
Sifu Jeffery Richardson Instructor of the Year - Kajukenbo
Shihan Greg Robinson Shihan of the Year - Goshin Budo Ju Jitsu
Shihan H.G. Robby Robinson Most Distinguished Humanitarian Award of the Year
Grand Master Ovid Rodriguez Jr. Distinguished Grand Master of the Year
Sensei Ovid (Sugarbear) Rodriguez III Recognized Junior Black Belt of the Year
Sensei Ricky Rojas Policeman Award of the Year
Master Richard Ryan Master of the Year - Self Defense
Master Joseph Saladino Man of the Year - Ju Jitsu
Sifu Johann Sasynuik Man of the Year - Chinese Arts
Professor Vicent Sands Soke of the Year
Grand Master Jack Searcy Grand Master of the Year - Kenpo
Master Doyle Seiber Distinguished Master of the Year
Sifu Lorenza Shamuon Recognized Outstanding Teen Martial Artist of the Year
Master Tom Shamuon Man of the Year - Kung Fu
Grand Master Fred Simon Grand Master of the Year - Tae Kwon Do
Sifu Stanley Smith Sifu of the Year - Kajukenbo
Sensei Star Spikes Instructor of the Year - Miyama Ryu Ju Jitsu
Grand Master James Stevens Universal Grand Master of the Year
Professor Clifford Steward Grand Master of the Year - Self Defense
Grand Master Daryl (Bigfoot) Stewart Most Distinguished Grand Master of the Year
 Shihan Candy Soto Woman of the Year - Martial Arts
Dr. Jimmy Steger, Soke Sports Medicine Award
Professor Daniel Torres Martial Artist of the Year - Judo
Professor Kelly Townsend Contribution to the Martial Arts
Sensei Robert Valentin Instructor of the Year - U.S. Fighting Arts
Sensei Kenton Van Zandt Instructor of the Year - Zujitsu
Shihan Kenneth Lee Vasquez Universal Shihan of the Year
Professor Samuel Vasquez PhD, MS/MA Distinguished Man of the Year
Master Jay Vera

Master of the Year - Kajukenbo

Master Dominick Violante

Master of the Year - Kempo

Grand Master Gary Wasniewski International Grand Master of the Year
Shihan Mike Whitworth Shihan of the Year - Moo Sul Kwon
Grand Master Moses Williams Head Founder - Spiritual Kung Fu
Sensei Mark Willis Man of the Year - Martial Arts
Master Mark Young Eternal Loyalty - Ju Jitsu
Master Chebbi Zouhaier International Master of the Year

testing time


Congrats to all !
Mike Fitz and Kevin Pence

The control of a large force is the same principle as the control of a few men: it is merely a question of dividing up their numbers.  
 Sun Tzu 

MA = Martial Art(s)
MMA = Mixed Martial Arts
FMA = Filipino Martial Arts
TMA = Traditional Martial Arts
CMA = Chinese Martial Arts
BJJ = Brazilian JiuJitsu
JJJ = Japanese JuJitsu
WC = Wing Chun
WT = Wing Tsun
KM = Krav Maga
VT = Vale Tudo
TKD = Tae Kwon Do
RBSD = Reality Based Self Defence
MT = Muay Thai
KF = Kung Fu
WTF = World Taekwondo Federation
ATA = American Taekwondo Association
KO = Knock Out
TKO = Technical Knock Out
HWD = HwrangDo
XMA = Extreme Martial Arts
KK = Kyokushin Karate
GJJ = Gracie Jiu-jitsu
JKD = Jeet Kune Do

Nesta Tom Nuke Me

Black Belts
KEVIN P. **********6th Deg Black Belt ROKUDAN


BRYON P. *********4th Deg Black Belt YONDAN - Sensei
SCOTT T. ******** 3rd Deg Black Belt SANDAN- Sensei
MATT  W.*********3rd Deg Black Belt SANDAN
TREVOR F. ***********3rd Deg. Black Belt SANDAN
MIKE R. ***********2nd Deg. Black Belt SANDAN - Sensei
ANDREW D. *********2nd Deg. Black Belt SANDAN - Sensei


ADRIAN C . *************2nd Deg. Black Belt NIDAN
NISARG C.************2nd Deg. Black Belt NIDAN
TOM A. ***************2nd Deg Black Belt NIDAN

NUKE G. *************2nd Deg. Black Belt NIDAN

SAI G.**************2nd Deg. Black Belt NIDAN
SRAVIA G. **********2nd Deg. Black Belt NIDAN
KAT P. *************2nd Deg. Black Belt NIDAN

WALLY H.  ***********1st Deg Black Belt SHODAN
STEVEN G.  ***********1st Deg Black Belt SHODAN
ABU T. ***********1st Deg Black Belt SHODAN
DILLON S.  ***********1st Deg Black Belt SHODAN
JOE L.  *************1st Deg Black Belt SHODAN
KATHY P. *************1st Deg Black Belt SHODAN
SHAWN G. ************1st Deg Black Belt SHODAN
ALEX Mc. *********1st Deg Black Belt SHODAN
MIKE L.**************1st Deg Black Belt SHODAN
KUNAL **************1st Deg Black Belt SHODAN
 KRISHNA S. *********1st Deg Black Belt SHODAN
JIMMY W.*********1st Deg Black Belt SHODAN
CHRIS B..*********1st Deg Black Belt SHODAN
SHAWN B.*********1st Deg Black Belt SHODAN
JANUK.*********1st Deg Black Belt SHODAN
DAVID H.*********1st Deg Black Belt SHODAN

 The above said rank of all these fine students are current ranks as of 3-4-2012.

*Blue indicates that the Student is not certified at this time. 

ANINDITA D.****1st Deg Black Belt SHODAN
VIJAY.***********1st Deg Black Belt SHODAN
KEN E.**********1st Deg Black Belt SHODAN
CURTIS *******1st Deg Jr.Black Belt SHODAN
CHRISTINE Y.***1st Deg Jr. Black Belt SHODAN
JEFF Y.*********1st Deg Jr. Black Belt SHODAN
MAYONK **********1st Deg Jr. Black Belt SHODAN
RAGHAV T. *********1st Deg Jr. Black Belt SHODAN
RUSHAB T. ********1st Deg Jr. Black Belt SHODAN
NICK S. ***************1st Deg Jr. Black Belt SHODAN
PAUL K. **************1st Deg Jr. Black Belt SHODAN
 AKASH M . ********1st Deg Jr. Black Belt SHODAN
 RICHA C.***********1st Deg Jr. Black Belt SHODAN
MAYONK **********1st Deg Jr. Black Belt SHODAN
CORINA S.***************1st Deg Jr. 
DEEP D.****************1st deg. Jr.
KRISTIE B.**************1st deg. Jr.

Shihan , Trevor, and Nisarg ,with Sensei Kevin
Congrats Nidan X 2
Congrats Nidan X 2

Black Belt test 5/29/05
Black Belt test 5/29/05

Some of the names of Black Belt students will Not appear here, In some cases this is just an oversight. Others have been deliberately taken off my list.

Why you may ask?

The student proved to be disrespectful, or was deceitful towards others in or out of the dojo, or used his or her Art in a dishonorable way, and disgracing the rank of all Black Belts everywhere! They shall no longer hold any rank within these walls.

Ranks are valid only as indications of one's current skill level, maintained through active training. If you are no longer training, you are not considered to hold any rank in this dojo.  Sensei may reduce or advance your rank as he sees fit. Promotion or reduction of rank is a teaching tool, providing an objective evaluation of your progress.
However preoccupation with rank shows a lack of understanding of the arts.


Everyone has their own responsibilities; some people have greater responsibilities than others. It is important that students take care of their responsibilities. When a student reaches a more advanced level they are given more responsibilities. Senior students have many responsibilities that they must take of.

An important responsibility that a senior student must carry out is to be a role model for other students. They should be performing the correct tasks as much as they can. Whether it is standing in front position, or leading the class in exercises. Every little task they do should be the right way. Beginner and intermediate students follow by example, and sometime Sensei is not going to be that example. There are times when senior students will lead the class through exercises. The students will have to execute each exercise as they want the other students to do them. For example, when the students do push ups they will make sure to keep there back straight, and go down and up all the way. If senior students are not being good role model the whole class will be affected.

Another responsibility a senior student has is to help out with classes. The help of senior students makes classes run smoother. Students can get more done in a shorter amount of time when senior students help out. A couple of things the students do to help out with classes are: lead the class through exercises, lead the class through stretching, help lower belts out with their material, and help Sensei demonstrate.

When senior students demonstrate with Sensei they have many more than one responsibility. First of all they must stand there and do exactly what Sensei says. Then they must react to what Sensei does in a manor that will help the class understand what is happening. If a student that is demonstrating with Sensei responds wrong he or she may get hurt or the other students may not understand what has just happened.

A more personal responsibility of a senior student is they must keep themselves in line. Keeping oneself in line can be defined as being reliable, and not falling back from where he or she stands in his or her journey through life. It is important that a senior student does not begin to slack off. If a senior student begins to slack off lower ranks will be affected. The lower ranks may not strive to be as good as they should be since the ranks above them slack off. This means that senior ranks need to keep practicing, and always try to better themselves. If the senior students take care of themselves the whole school will profit from it.

It is always important for senior students to stay responsible. It helps them and it helps the people around them. The whole school is affected by each and every student it has, and if all the students do their task to the best of their abilities the school will continue to be a wonderful place to train.

Someone e-mailed me this article in 2002, I thought it would be well read on this page . While I didn't write it I wish I had.

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
John F. Kennedy

Our students are, quite literally, the future of our school, thus we expect much from them.
White Belt 
 Not all white belts will become black belts but all black belts were once white belts. The rank of white is the first and thus the one of the most important levels. The white belt level is the foundation for all learning at the Pence Self-Defense Academy. The basic information taught at this level is absolutely crucial to advancing in the system. Students who spend the time required to master the basics will always make the best martial artists. The nafanchin forms are the frist to be taught and are one of the keys to learing the rest of the forms
Yellow Belt
The student begins the long road of learning pinan forms in the System. This enables individuals to challenge their self discipline as well as providing a structured way to practice basic stances and techniques. One Pinan is the foundation for every form that will be learned at the higher ranks.The yellow belt student is also required to begin refining the basics learned at white belt.
Orange Belt
The student has demonstrated that the they have the makings of a student who may stay. Given this initial show of perseverance, we teach the orange belt their second Pinan at this level. During this time at orange belt, students will continue to refine all information previously learned, as well as learning a variety of new techniques.
Purple Belt
At purple belt level, students are introduced to the frist Kata, where they will see their first form that has "soft" elements.
Blue Belt
A student with this rank has completed a full year of study at Pence Self-Defense Academy. Sparring gives the student the opportunity to implement techniques in a more realistic setting than regular class drills provide. The second year of study will also require students to learn a variety of specific historical information about the System along with the continued study of physical techniques.
Green Stripe
This is when the student begins specific study of individual Kempo founders. The historical research component of our system is designed to enrich the martial arts experience for our students.
Green Belt
This rank begins the advanced period of study at Pence Self-Defense. At the green belt level, we start to prepare students for the responsibility of being a black belt. There is a longer waiting period between promotional tests, a greater amount of historical information to learn, and the possibility of serving as an assistant instructor for our beginner youth class. The green belt must develop and maintain a high degree of humility to continue learning the advanced aspects of Ping.
Belt ~ Brown Stripe
This rank represents a refining period for our students. Only one new form is taught so that previous information can be reviewed and improved. This is a somewhat critical stage, since the next belt is Brown. A high percentage of Brown Belts continue onto the Black Belt level, thus we take this final pre-Brown step very seriously.
Brown Belt ~ 2 Stripes
This is, in many ways, the final learning stage prior to Black Belt. We continue to prepare the 2nd brown student for the role of Black belt. If the student chooses, they can begin their Black belt project paper preparations by researching possible topics and discussing them with the instructional staff.
Brown Belt ~ 3 Stripes
Students at this rank will spend approximately six months refining everything they have learned in the past 3-5 years of study. Conditioning is also priority, since the Black belt test is an 6 hour endeavor. Students are also expected to fully embrace the idea of professionalism at this stage. Any lapses in dojo etiquette and/ or character must be addressed prior to Black Belt certification. 1st deg. Brown students will often be used as assistants to instructors.
The future of our school rests, partly, on the continued development of quality martial artists.

Sempai (pron.  sim-pie)
An assistant teacher, model, or senior student. This term is applied to a student who is training to be a sensei but has not fulfilled the requirements to become a full instructor. 

"God gave us Two Ears, one Mouth."
 "Kevin, be the one who listens,  not the one who tells" my Father would say to me as a young boy. I have found over the years that my Father was right.
As a general rule " listen rather than speak", while in the dojo, as constant talk and chatter to your training partner or Sensei is nothing more than a time wasting drill, that demonstrates a lack of discipline and self-control.
You may think your comments are important or cool, but most students  prefer to hear what the instructor has to say. It maybe harsh but, Expulsion from class, either temporarily or permanently is usually the result from lack of self-control in this area of behavior.
K.P. Sensei

"Support your athlete "

The best reason to wear an athletic supporter is so you can wear a protective cup. For the unfamiliar: supporter come in two flavors: plain, and a kind of marsupial version that accepts a removable cup made of very hard plastic. A well-placed blow in this region is not only agonizing; it can destroy a boy or a man!

While most boys and men can get by without athletic supporters, a lot more ought to wear cups. Kids these days have helmets for practically everything—I wouldn't be surprised to see my sons wearing them for violin practice. But surprisingly few boys wear cups for sports. I would make my sons do for Little League, Football or Hockey and most defiantly in the dojo. If you have a son in this dojo, get him a cup; if you are a man in this dojo you should never take a class without it!

"no ouch just ouss" !

k p sensei


With life moving at a faster  pace, we can find that we're just too busy to stop and reflect on our priorities. Too busy to consider what is  important. That's also where the principles of  Balance help  Try you to step back, see the big picture in relation to your health and well being, decide, based on a systematic and complete picture, what has to be done and do it!!The  Balance "Ying/Yang" is an important symbol for balance and a constant reminder of the three main aspects of health - mind, body, spirit.


Why train barefoot? This is a question that I get all the time. To say that,"to train without shoes is traditional" may be the best thing I can say about it . The origins of bare foot training started when men of the culture and period did not were shoes there for it made sense to train in bear feet to make it more realistically for self defense If those same men where training today I think they would wear shoes. Ask your self this, how many times do you go outside in your bare feet? (Having said this now I still like to take off my shoe and train 1 or 2 times for every 10 times I train.) There is much to be said for training in a nice pair of Pine trees or Asics Gels, they are made for martial artist and give good support for your feet . Odds are it is what you will have on if you do have to defend yourself or your loved ones out in the real world. So give shoes a try ,It may take some getting use to at first but after some time you will feel great .

Shihan Nesta w/ DW
Shihan Nesta and D.W.

Careful what you ask for.
In the middle of a forest, there was a hunter who was suddenly confronted by a huge, mean bear. In his fear, all attempts to shoot the
bearwere unsuccessful. Finally, he turned and ran as fast as he could.The hunter ran and ran and ran, until he ended up at the edge of a very steep cliff. His hopes were dim.

Seeing no way out of his predicament, and with the bear closing in Rather quickly, the hunter got down on his knees, opened his arms, and exclaimed, "Dear God! Please give this bear some religion!"

The skies darkened and there was lightning in the air. Just a few feetshort of the hunter, the bear came to an abrupt stop, and glanced round, somewhat confused.

Suddenly, the bear looked up into the sky and said, "Thank you, God, for the food I am about to receive...."
"A sharp tongue and a dull mind are usually found in the same head!" 

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“Weebles wooble but they don’t fall down.”

It's more than kicks and punches!

There is far more to the practice of Kempo than simply being able to perform good techniques & kata. The members of our school are also members of society and even as they behave themselves as martial artists within  the dojo, so they are expected to conduct themselves with outside the walls of the dojo. In order to guide you in what is expected of you, one should learn the following and apply them to your daily lives.  Be obedient to your parents and elders .Show respect for instructors and senior ranks. Do not boast of your skills and abilities .Exercise self control. Share your knowledge with others students of the arts .Take responsibility for your actions.


There is no  difference between the words 'Kenpo' and 'Kempo', they are just different ways of writing the original Japanese word. The word 'Kempo' or 'Kenpo' is made up of the following two Japanese characters:



BROWN 3rd deg. IKKYU
BROWN 2nd deg. NIKYU

I would like to Thank all who have helped me "along the path"... my Family, Teachers, Friends & all the members of my Martial Arts Family.
Yours in the Arts;
 Kevin Pence Sr. Sensei
 Pence Self-Defense Academy
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