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"Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it."
Lou Holtz "Coach"

Sensei K.P.  2005  W.M.A. H.O.F.

Under the direction of the now Grandmaster Carozzi, Sensei Kevin trained for many years and donated thousands of hours teaching as he learned the Honorable Art of Shaolin Ch'uan Fa, (Kempo) and soon became one of the top Instructor at his Master’s Dojo in Peabody MA..

Sensei Kevin earned the rank of third degree Black Belt in May of 1999 in the art of San Chai Na Kempo & a Certified Instructor level Three certificate through S.C.N.K. Federation 1/1/00.

Sensei Pence Opened (took over) his 1st dojo (est.1971) United Shaolin Kempo of Burlington in May 2000.

Mr. Pence's dojo was inducted into the World Martial Arts Federation 2001. as a member school. Sensei was certified by the W.M.A.F. as a member of their elite cheif center judges team to oversea the judging at all the W.M.A.F. Tournaments.

 In 2003 Sensei passed the test to become a 4th degree Black Belt (Yondan) in Kempo Karate, (tested by the World Martial Arts Federation Testing Board.)( Shihan Alty and Shihan Rebelo);  after over Nine Thousand hours of teaching and training ( from 3rd to 4th deg.Black Belt ) .

  Mr. Pence was also inducted into the Karazenpo Go Shinjutsu Black Belt Society of Great Grandmaster Victor Sonny Gascon as a member of the board of in Ma.

He is also recognized Internationally by the W.M.A.F.  and M.A.R.I. as a 4th Dan in Kempo Karate as well as being recognized by the Depasquale Jiu Jitsu Association as well as the Superfoot Systems as a fellow respected martial artist.

He has taught Many clinics which included Shaolin Five Animal fighting techniques, Kubaton classes and various specialized Kempo self-defense classes. Sensei has taught Free clinics to the children in the Metro-Boston area schools, as well as teaching handicapped adults & children in a weekly class put on by the Burlington Rec. Dept.

 Sensei has been inducted into the Universal, World, and U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame as the Instructor, Male Martial Artist, and Man of the year in Kempo Karate .

In 2005 he was honored by the Martial Arts University with the Bushido Award, inducting him into the IFOJJ (International Federation of Ju Jitsuans ) Legion of honor. Sensei was also honored by Action Martial Arts Magazine this same year with the Spirit of the Arts Award. 

Currently studying with Guro Michael Williams South East Asian Arts (Dekiti-Tirsia-Siradas (Kali) and Silat  at M.A.R.I. in Salem MA.

3rd Depasquale Gathering 2004
3rd Depasquale Gathering 2004

Time Line
1996  Mr. Pence  was awarded the title of Sensei from Master Carozzi .
1997  This year Sensei Kevin began to teach seminars as a guest Sensei at other Boston area dojo's.
1998  After 3 years of private and group study Mrs. Pieroni was promoted to Shodan. This was Sensei Kevin's frist Student to go from White Belt to Black Belt. 

1999  Sensei eraned the rank of third degree Black Belt (5/15/99) in the art of San Chai Na Kempo (Shaolin Chu'an Fa).

2000  Sensei Pence earns Instructor level three certificate through San Chai Na Kempo Federation 1/1/00. Sensei Opened / takes over his frist dojo United Shaolin Kempo of Burlington in May 2000.

He also forms San Chai Na incorp. to protect the name of his mother Art as well as the business of he's dojo. Sensei is  the President / C.E.O. of San Chai Na Incorp. This same year Sensei Kevin began to host major names in the martial arts world. Bill "Superfoot" Wallace was the frist in Oct. 2000 he would later come back in 2001

Sensei Judges at W.M.A.F. tourny
Sensei Judges at W.M.A.F. tourny

2001  Sensei is  reconized Internationally by the World Martial Arts Federation as a 3rd Dan Kempo Karate. On April 30th Sensei Pence would host a Michael DePasquale Jr. seminar. Soke Ni Dai DePasquale would also pay the dojo more visits in the futrue in 2002 and 2004. Sensei is also aceptted by Shihan Alty as a Student of Kempo / Kenpo and Ju Jitsu. 

2002  Due to irreconcilable philosophical business differences with the Board of Master Carozzi's Federation, Sensei Kevin left the Board of the Carozzi Organization. He then established The Pence Self-Defense System, a.k.a. (P.D.K.) Pence Defense Kempo. Sensei is also aceptted by Shihan Nesta as a Student of Kobudo.(Japanese Weapons) 

2003  On Sep. 13th of 2003 Sensei Pence took and passed the test to become a 4th degree black belt (Yodan) Kempo Karate. After over Nine Thousand hours of teaching and training (from 3rd to 4th deg.) 

Sensei Kevin becomes a  Board Member of the World Martial Arts Federation. He was also inducted into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame as the Instructor of the year in Shaolin Kempo 2003, as well as being inducted into the Karazenpo Go Shinjutsu Black Belt Society of Grandmaster Victor Sonny Gasscon this same year.

2004  Mr. Pence is accepted as a Student Instructor under Guro Michael Williams, in the art of Kali.

Great Grand Master Gascon grants Sensei Kevin the honor of sitting on his Executive Board (Mass) for the Karazenpo Go Shinjutsu Black Belt Society. 

This is the same year Sensei was Inducted in to the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame as the man of the year in Kempo and the W.M.A.F. Hall of Fame as Male Martial Artist of the year.

I.F.O.J.J.  Legion of Honor Bushido Award
Soke Dai Michael DePasquale Jr.

2004 2005 2006 wmaf hall of fame group

2005 Kevin Sensei was  inducted into the Action Martial Arts Hall of  fame   for his teaching in Atlantic City with over fourteen hundred people in atendence at the awards dinner! 

Inductee 1st annual International Federation of Ju Jitsuans  (I.F.O.J.J.)  Legion of Honor  with the Bushido Award . This all took place in West Point NewYork .

Sensei Pence with "Baringin Sakti" ! Teacher

 In Oct. of 2005 Sensei Pence travels to South East Asia 14 days of training with Guru Drs. Edward Lebe in the art of Baringin Sakti , The art of Oido De Caburate Arnis with Grandmaster Abraham Gubaton and Dekiti Tirsai Siradas Kali with GrandTuhon "Jerson Nene" Tortal. All of this was done with Thanks to Mike & May Williams and the group of Artist know as the Martial Arts Research Institute Delagates.


2006Recived pemision from the Martial Arts Reseach Insittute to teach Filipino martial arts ( Kali ) as a Tribal Leader, as well as the blessings of Grand Tuhon "Nene" Tortal President of the Philippine Arnis Kali Escrima Federation International Inc. .

2007 On March 10th received the rank of Instructor from Guro Mike and May Williams of The Martial Arts Research Institute in the Combined Cultural Arts of Southeast Asia, Philippines-Indonesia-China, (Kali, Silat, Kung-Fu).

May 18th  Soke Michael DePasquale Jr. promoted me to the rank of 5th Dan. The test took place at the Pence Self-Defense Academy in Burlington, MA. Some of the areas Top Masters were in attendance.

Dec. 12th 2007 received Shodan in Combat Yoshitsune Ju Jitsu along with two of my own Black Belts from Burlington. Several Masters flew in from up and down the east coast to witness this event. My thanks goes to all of them as well as my Ukes and my Family for all of the support I've been give over the years.

2008 - Became a Field Agent for the Kid-Safe Network.
After hundreds of hours of compiling and editing, publishes the first Ping Shen Tao manual. As time passes, I’m sure I will have grown more and reserve the right to change my mind as we all should as true martial scientists, hence the name of this book
“First Thoughts”. Certainly there will be more to come. 
On Feb. 7th received the rank of Instructor 2nd level from Guro Mike and May Williams of The Martial Arts Research Institute in the Combined Cultural Arts of Southeast Asia (Kali, Silat, Kung-Fu).
Taught two siminars at the Martial Arts University 2009 for the International Federation Of Ju-Jutsuans in Suffern, NY.

2010 Become a Representative for Boston IFOJJ & Combat Yoshitsune JuJitsu Cert. Reps. for Boston.
March 6th taught Yoshitsune Ju jitsu at MK Boxing Woburn MA
Taught at the World Martial Art Hall of Fame week-end in Danvers MA.

I still go to classes weekly for my own studies to explore the broad spectrum the martial arts has to offer.

Peaceful Spirit Way!
Peaceful Spirit Way!

What is the Pence Self-Defense System?

Let me start by saying, I have put a name to my system of teaching many different arts as one...that is all. I don't have my students call me by any fancy title, nor would I ever think of myself in that way. 

I had, in the past been of the mind set "That if it works, no matter what art it comes from that it was Kempo". As I have grown older, I now think that at times, I may have misrepresented some of the art that I try to pass on, in that, they did not get the credit that the art desereved by me saying , If it works it's Kempo."

"Ping Shen Tao" defines the mass of education that I have put to Method. It's the total sum of Martial Arts taught at the Pence Self-Defense Institute,  founded in Burlington, Massachusetts U.S.A. . "To set the record straight, I have Not  invented a new style. On the contruery I hope to free our students from the mold and let them see the best of each of the arts I have had the chance to study. I expect the art of Ping Shen Tao will keep growing as long as my students and I do.

From Sensei's very good friend, and mentor Guro Mike Williams, the arts of Kali as well as other South East Asian Arts. Mr. Pence has found them to be highly efecttive with and agianst impact and bladed weapons. 

 The main purpose of this organization is to provide a core curriculum and testing standards for it's members. In this curriculum Mr. Pence has brought back some of the original Okinawain Kobudo sets including Tonfa, Sai, Kama, Bo, Jo, and Katana to name a few... thanks to the generosity of Shihan Joe Nesta.

Mr. Pence has also added a set of techniques to the Kempo material thru his studies with Shihan Jim Alty. The new sets of self-defense drills designed to give the student the ability to go from just doing techniques to applying concepts  to whatever may come at the student.

 Last but not least,  from Master Carozzi the art of San Chai Na... still the root to all of what I teach.


My Voe

I Kevin Pence Sr. vow to unselfishly share all of the knowledge that I possess in the Arts. I will dedicated myself to bringing the Martial Arts community together to share and learn from each other, so we may all better ourselves and our Families.

Karazenpo Go Shinjutsu Black Belt Society
Sensei Kevin Pence with G.GM. Sonny Gascon

 Sensei Kevin Pence Sr. was inducted into the Karazenpo Go Shinjutsu Black Belt Society 6-20-2003 and is very honored to have been thought so highly of, for the board to have accepted him into this group of elite martial artist.
The following is part of an e-mail that was received....
Aloha Sensei Pence,
Your credentials are in order and we accept you with great honor into the Society. As you may know schools wishing to use our banner logo and patches are charged nothing to do so. We offer this to folks out there that want to fly colors of respect, and that are accepted by every living Grandmaster of Kempo living today. You to are more than welcome to use whatever you think will help you grow. Anything we can do we will do our best.Continued success. Keep in touch.We look forward to many years of friendship.

Professor Michael S. Rash 8th Dan
KGS BBS Membership Director


I have always believed that "There is more than one way to get it done", so I began to expand my studies by hosting and going to many seminars with many of the top notch masters of today. All of this, to help my understanding of many different matrial arts as well, as my own. 

Seminars Attended

GM Gary Alexander

Shihan Jim Alty

Master Jesus Bonilla

Cane Master Wayne Carmen

Grand Master Carozzi Sr.

Master Bill Chun, Jr. 

 Ni-Dai Soke Michael Depasquale Jr.

Guru Willem "Uncle Bill"  de Thouars

Shihan Fumio Demura

Master  Joe Diaco

Professor George Dillman

GM Joseph Hess

Master Jorge Espinoza

Professor Kimo Ferreira

Master Rick Fike

 Master David James

Soke Di  Leon Jay

Grand Master Bruce Juchnik

Master Jeff Jones

Soke Di Ed Mc Laughlin

Sifu Alix Lavaud

Guru Drs. Edward Lebe

Grandmaster Joe Lewis

Master Walt Lysak Jr.

Soke Joe Miller

GM. Thomas Barro Mitose

Shihan Joe Nesta

Master Evan Pantazi

 Master Ed Parker Jr.

Grand Master George Pesare

 Professor Remy Presas

Hanshi Craig Seavey

Master  Frank Shamrock

Guro Tom Sotis

Shihan Don Spink

Master Joey Riccobono II

Master Joe Rebelo

Master Roger Roy

Master  Richard Ryan

Grand Tuhon Jerson "Nene" Tortal

Bill "Super Foot"  Wallace

Guro Michael Williams

Paul Yamaguchi Sensei

 Hanshi Tadashi Yamashita

Kat 2006

#1 Son!

The rest of the page which lies before you is a photograph depiction of many of the individuals who helped influence the way I came to understand and teach the arts that I now pass on in my own Dojo.
In spite of angering a few narrow-minded people who say; "You should train with only one Master.  These photos clearly illustrate the diverse trianing I have enjoyed over the years.  Much of what I teach today has been influenced in one way or another by these wonderful individuals. 
 I continue a lifelong study of the arts by attending seminars at other schools as "just a student" as I've always recognized that I don't possess a complete knowledge of the Arts.
I'm grateful to every instructor who has ever provided me with training, knowledge, and friendship.
I Thank them all from the bottom of my heart!

Bryon Pence Sensei 2002
My Brother Sensei Bryon Pence. Whlie we did grow up together we grew togehter in the arts to be brothers in more than just the name Pence !

 He is now a 4th dan (2003) in Shaolin Cha'un Fa. Bryon also has a background in Wah Lam Kung fu and Tae Kwon Do as well as one of the best and most loyal teachers in the U.S. . My brother Bryon teaches on the North shore of Boston in Essex, MA. and is always willing to train new students.  

    The Red Fist Society is comprised of numerous Martial Artist from diffrent diciplines and schools. We pride ourselves in not judging other Arts, and are there to support each other so we may keep the ancient traditions of the arts alive. Every member of the Red Fist Society brings their own level of excellence to this organization and is a devoted student of the Martial Arts.

Grandmaster Tortal and Sensei Kevin
Grandmaster Tortal and Sensei Kevin

Great Students Make Great Masters.... Great Masters, Make Great Grandmasters

Mike and May Williams have always been very kind to myself and my family and it was my honor to have had spent time with May's Uncle, Grand Tuhan "Nene". He is truly a Masters Master. I have crossed  paths with Mr. Tortal both here in the U.S.A. and in the Phillipines, and hope to spend much more time with him in the future.

The combat system of DEKITI-TIRSIA, close quarter in fighting method is a combination of higher techniques of Kali. Dekiti-Tirsia-Siradas System puts a tremendous emphasis on the importance of foot work, the theories of strategic defense, offense and counter offense have been tested and proven effective and accurate combat situations, the system is complete in every detail, techniques from empty hands, foot fighting, body mechanics, and weaponry as well.

G.M. Nene Tortel and Sensei KP

 Guro Michael Williams
 Michael comes from a family that has a long history of  Martial and Healing Arts, dating back three generations. He has done a lot of traveling and training in the Philippines and Indonesia. He has also traveled to Hong Kong and Thailand.
In 1998 he was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Michael is a Tui Na and Chi Gong Therapist ,under Master Tom Tam. And has also studied Tai Chi (Yang Style) with Master Tom Tam.
 Michael is a former self-defense instructor for the Guardian Angels (Boston and Lowell Chapters).
 Michael holds rank in the following: Mataas Na Guru ( 5th Degree Black Belt)
Amok Tribal Art of The Blade By Pros. Tom Sotis,
Guru Dekiti Tirsia Siradas by Grand Tuhon Jerson Nene Tortal,
 Lakan Isa (Black Belt) International Modern Arnis Ju Jitsu Karate Federation By Late Grandmaster Remy Peres and Signed by Grand Master Wally Jay and Master George Dillman.
 Michael  has over 10 years of Wing Chun training under Sifu Alix Lauad
He is also a student of Bapak Willem De Thouars.
 Michael has trained in Kenpo, Jeet Kune Do,Ju Jitsu and Kickboxing.
South East Asian Arts Master of The Year 2004 W.M.A.F.
Guro May Williams 






Here on a tour of the U.S. Guru from West Java, Indonesia taveled from the other side of the world to give us a very rare treat, he shared his 45 + years of martial arts training with a group of about 30 willing Students, ( not all from the school of "Silat"  But all from of the school of learning). We covered and un-covered much from the way of "HARIMAU" .
To see Guru Lebe's skills up close its hard to belive he's in his mid 60s, by his movement one might think he was in his young 20s!  We are all looking forward to get back to I.P.S.I. even more, now that we got a fresh dose of Baringin Sakti !
Mr. Tom Sotis and kp

Mr. Tom Sotis  is not only one of the most skilled persons I have ever seen with a blade but, also a highly energzied teacher. In the short time I have spent with him he got his point across in many different areas of the blade but, then sewed it all up so that when you leave a class taught by him... "You take it with you "!  l ooking forward to more AMOK!

The following is taken from Mr. Sotis's website

At its early inception, AMOK! was deeply rooted in the Malay/Filipino martial arts. And although Malay/Filipino mentality and principles continue to infuse it, AMOK! has transformed its practices so radically that it no longer resembles the martial art that it once was, or any of the arts that influenced its earlier composition. Pursuing its own course, AMOK! has evolved into an ultra-functional methodology based on the strict parameters demanded of military combatives.

Forged in the crucible of conflict, today AMOK! continues to validate its reputation in some of the world's most dangerous places and war zones. In South Africa , the stabbing and murder capitol of the world for instance, AMOK! is the choice of combatives for professionals in harm's way. This is no accident or coincidence - it is a result of design.

Shihan Demura

Shihan Fumio Demura, has over 50 years of experience and has trained with such legends as Master Ryusho Sakagami. Shihan was one of the frist in the USA to teach the Kobudo weapons. Mr. Demura gave to us the form, Ki Shu Kata Bo form, as well as many trianing tips for keep it real !

Shihan Mike DePasquale

 Michael DePasquale Jr. has held three seminars for us at this Dojo. A 9th Dan Yoshitsune Jujutsu Ni Dai Shihan; Black Belt Hakko Ryu Jujitsu , Publisher/Editor "Karate International Magazine."  inducted into over 15 Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Shihan DePasquale has published 10 books,20 videos, Action Films, King of the Kickboxers, American Shaolin, Blood Brothers, and The Power Within just to name a few. He has also taught the 1st Division of The Army Special Forces, F.B.I., U.S. Marshals, Postal Police, the New York City Police Academy and many other law enforcement personnel . 
4th Depasquale Gathering + Goldberg Sim. 2006
i.f.o.j.j. 2005 camp

 Sensei Kevin trained ( Dec. 2002 - 2006)  Kobudo and Kenpo with Shihan Joe Nesta,9th Degree Black Belt , Shihan Nesta was always very open and giving with me and the time we have spent together will always be looked upon as a great honnor. shihan nesta is the most skilled master of kobudo weapons i have ever worked with "To see.... is to belive".

7th Degree Black Belt,Cerio's Kenpo {under Prof. Nick Cerio}( Prof. Cerio’s highest rank in the U.S.A.  in "Cerio Kenpo"  - 7th dan )  World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, 2002
Master Instructor of the Year


kevins 4th deg cert
Shihan Alty, Sensei Kevin, Shihan Rebello
Shihan Alty, Sensei Kevin, Shihan Rebello
After Sensei's 4th deg. test

Shihan James Alty   has helped us to see that: "There are many paths to get to the to the same place."

  Karazenpo Go Shinjutsu Black Belt Society  - Sr. Advisor MA
United States Martial Arts Association - Life Membership
The International Federation of Ju-Jutsuan's - Member
World Martial Arts Hall of Fame 
           The World Martial Arts Federation, Inc.  - Former Chairman

8th Degree Black Belt
W.M.A.F. Teaching and Testing  Staff

Loyalty plack from Master Carozzi
Loyalty plack from Master Carozzi After Sensei promoted his 1st Student to Black Belt Mrs. Peroni

Master Carozzi's U.S.K.K. Peabody Dojo
Nidan Kevin, Brown Bryon Purple Steve Hachidan Cal
Brothers in their Rank (ceira1996)

Master Cal Carozzi  In 1965 at 14 years old, started in one of the few karate schools that were in Massachusetts. The art of Shodokan Karate. After attaining a rank of Brown Belt, he moved on, and met a man from Central Europe and became friends. This 150-pound Albanian held a fifth-degree Master level in Aikido. Practicing on his own, he then began to study Kempo with Fred Villari. After attaining the rank of senior Master level (7th dan), Master Carozzi has now aligned himself with another one of his instructors, Prof. Charles Mattera as a Grand Master 10th dan.

Master Bill Buresh of Shaolin Kempo & Jiu-Jitsu has also lent a great deal of his insight to our education in ground fighting and street concepts.


Sensei Kevin's 3rd Level Inst. certif.


22nd Great Grandmaster of Kosho - Ryu
Thomas B. Mitose

     1940 Honolulu, Hawaii James M. Mitose has a son. His first, and this child would grow up to be the next Grandmaster of Kosho Ryu Kempo.

Once his father the 21st Great Grandmaster James M. Mitose of Kosho Ryu, had passed away. His son Thomas B. Mitose became the 22nd Great Grandmaster of Kosho Ryu, following the bloodline of the family. Grandmaster Thomas Mitose was then charged with ensuring that the beliefs, philosophies, and traditions would continue as they had in the past.



Paul Yamaguchi Hanshi
Paul Yamaguchi Sensei of ( KOSHO SHOREI RYU KEMPO ). He was one of only SIX ever to earn a black belt under GREAT GRAND MASTER JAMES MITOSE and one of only two still alive.

Grand Master Bruce Jucnick  of ( KOSHO SHOREI RYU KEMPO ) The last student of GREAT GRAND MASTER JAMES MITOSE R.I.P. 
Mr. Junhnik founded the Sei Kosho Shorei Kai International (S.K.S.K.I.). The Kai was developed to carry on and preserve the teachings of James Masayoshi Mitose. He worked with Mitose’s first Black Belt, Professor Thomas S.H. Young from 1982 until the death of Professor Young in 1995 in order to better connect James Mitose’s early teachings from Hawaii in the 1940s with the new teachings transmitted to Mr. Junhnik in the 1970s and 1980s. Thomas Young was an active participating member in Mr. Junhnik organization, the Sei Kosho Shorei Kai International (S.K.S.K.I) , until Professor Young’s death.




Professor George Dillman, of the Dillman system (RYUKYU KEMPO).  

Currently, Dillman travels the world teaching seminars on pressure points and tuite (grappling) hidden within the traditional movements of the old martial arts forms. It is his research and scientific dissection of the old forms that is earning him his most notoriety. Never one to shy away from controversy, Dillman has rediscovered a formerly secret level of meaning for kata movements, and has made that interpretation understandable to all. He has produced a video tape instructional series on the pressure points, and has written six books with Chris Thomas. Kyusho-Jitsu: The Dillman Method of Pressure Point Fighting; Advanced Pressure Point fighting of Ryukyu Kempo; Advanced Pressure Point Grappling: Tuite; Pressure Point Karate Made Easy; Little Jay Learns Karate; and Humane Pressure Point Self-Defense. The books have been said to be, "the definitive martial arts books of the century," and "unparalleled among current martial arts literature."



The Late Great Professor Remy Presas, of Modern Arnis and  Sifu Alix Lavaud of modern Arnis & Wing Chun .

At the age of 14, the Professor left home to enhance his studies in the martial arts. In 1949, on a trip to the island of Cebu, he met a very powerful and aggressive arnis fighter named Rodolfo Moncal. Trained in a close-quarter arnis style called Balintawak, he influenced the Professor's life greatly. He trained with Moncal for 2 years before returning to his homeland in Negros Occidental. Testing his aquired skills on some of the more advanced arnisadors, the Professor found that he could better control aggressive situations. Inspired to returnd to Cebu, he aquired a new Balintawak instructor and soon after entered a full contact tournament held in Cebu City. They did not use padded sticks, and there was no protective gear worn.


leon jay and sensei kp 1998

Master Leon Jay  of Small Circle Ju-Jitsu
Sensei Leon Jay is the second son of Professor Wally Jay and is one of the heirs to Small Circle Jujitsu . Leon studied most of his life with his father in Small Circle Jujitsu, Kodenkan Jujitsu and Kodokan Judo. Leon also has been studying many years in the forms of pressure point fighting from Master  Dillman. Sensei Jay teaches in Surrey, England at his club called Komaru Ryu (Small Circle Style) and is the European representative for S. C. Jujitsu. Leon has been active teaching seminars in the U. S. and Europe where he incorporates his unique blend of Small Circle Jujitsu and pressure point techniques into a deadly system.

Action mag h.o.f. 2005 Bill Superfoot Wallace
Sensei at Action mag h.o.f. 2005 w/ Bill Superfoot Wallace

Mr. Bill "Superfoot" Wallace of the Superfoot system. Mr. Wallace has  held an two exclusive clinic at the Burlington Dojo . Mr. Wallace has always spoke his mind on what works and what does not ! and I'd like to think, he's one of the people I get it from. "A little known fact" SUPERFOOT'S" wife, Kim owned the Burlington dojo in the early 90's".


Capt. Gary Bain  was one of the frist to took me under his wing as a teenager to show me how to "walk the walk of a man" !  This man gave me the kick in the butt I need to get my life off to the start it needed to get to where I am today. He was Mentor and a friend when I need one the most. I owe to him Much Thanks!
Capt. Bain Flew over 200 combat missions for the United States Marine Corps. in Vietnam piloting a F-4 Phantom. He was selected as one of the first ten pilots from the Marine Corps to pilot "the Harrier" the vertical take-off and landing jet.
Was forced to eject three time in his time as a pilot, twice in the Vietnam.

Master Walt Lysak Jr. has helped Sensei Kevin work on his ground grappling skills to inculed leg locks and side-mount finish moves, as well as many realilty concepts and trianing tools. 8th Degree Black Belt In Jiu Jitsu / 7th Degree In Pankration (Under The International Federation Of Pankration Black Belt Council)  Over Thirty Years Experience In The Martial Arts, Founder Of The Sento Method Of Reality Martial Arts. National Coach Of Olympic Pankration (Along with Ken Shamrock, Bart Vale, Keith Hackney, Sheldon Marr, Dan Severn, Maurice Smith and others ) Certified SOF Combatives Instructor To "A Company", 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group,

Master Ryan with Sensei Pence ....Just cutting up!
Sensei with Richard Ryan
Sensei Kevin and Mr. Rayn

Richard Ryan is one of the worlds' foremost authorities and masters of reality-based martial arts, combative weaponry and self-defense. He is the founder of Dynamic Combat™, a highly scientific martial art system, regarded as one of the most realistic and effective fighting arts in the world. A lifelong martial artist with over 35 years of experience and more than 25 years as an teacher, Master Ryan is renowned for his knowledge and scientific understanding of reality fighting arts, and his exceptional mastery of hand-to-hand and interpersonal weapons combat.


Sensei Kevin and Prof David James

Professor David James

In his 27 years experience, Professor James has taught a variety of law-enforcement and corrections professionals and has added to many other systems by welcoming their head instructors for defensive skills enhancement.

 Professor James, who in 1993 was voted "Instructor of the Year" and inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame, believes that Vee Arnis Jitsu is one of the few martial arts that does not live in the past. Professor James would like to change the general perception of martial arts from a kid's fantasy to a practical form of self-protection for everyone.

Vee Arnis Jitsu

Prof. Feliciano "Kimo"  Ferriea
Prof. Feliciano "Kimo" Ferriea


Professor "Kimo" Ferreira : During his 35 years in the martial arts, Professor Ferreira has studied many styles. Dedicating his time and efforts to spreading his own art of Kempo Jutsu, Professor Ferreira has taught seminars in North America, Japan and Europe. His seminars are open. Ideas and concepts are shared through the practical applications of Kempo Jutsu techniques. The history of Kempo is covered at seminars, as well as weapons arts and how they apply to Kempo. In particular, Professor Ferrira emphasizes the use of the stick and knife.


Frank Shamrock just before his seminar
Frank Shamrock just before his seminar

Sensei Pence has always been a strong supporter of ALL Martial Arts and all the benefits it offers. He has been instrumental in the support of Regional, National Sport Karate Tournaments. Sensei Kevin's expertise with children has been recognized throughout his community . He devotes much of his time to help mentally and physically challenged children, as well as local charity events. Sensei still goes to classes weekly for his own studies so that the art will keep on growing.


Sensei Cheryl Nadeau and Sensei Nathan Porter

Sensei Kevin has spent much time at siminars, and two of the most seen faces around are Sensei Cheryl Nadeau and Sensei Nathan Porter. These two much like Sensei Kevin are looking for what works as well as the history of our art, so it seemed only natural that they would form a tight friendship and training relationship together.

They have both lent a great deal of there insight to me from there "On Top Fighting" approach. From chokes, throws, pins, and submissions. Thier system really works even for over sized attackers, it's quick and easy and to the point !

Sensei Cheryl Nadeau
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Sensei Nathan Porter



Grandmaster S. George Pesare:
A Student of Great - Grandmaster Victor ( Sonny) Gascon, and Founder of Kempo Karate in New England, instructing students for 45 years. The root of Nick Cerio's Kenpo Karate came from this man.
I wrote this just after a siminar in 2001
"If we close our minds to new ideas, we become stagnant"
It is commonly agreed that martial arts as we know it, took its roots from the teachings Shaolin but how did the art of kempo that we study today get here to New England. Well this past week four of my Asst. instructors and I went to meet the man himself Great Grand Master Pesare
G.M. shared many memories and we watched video and 8mm from Prof. Cerio as a white belt (he even looked good then!). He spoke of the style of training as not for the "faint of heart" and that the training was as hard for the women as it was for all 18 or 80. Sometimes they trained in their socks for lack of heat in the dojo,they trained in white gi's because there were no black ones yet in the U.S. .
 He spoke of the lack of dojos (other arts) in the New England area. He also talked about the spinning back kick that he developed "people just had never seen it before". GM also told us about the old rank system of white, green, purple, brown, black. His rent was $30 a mo. for the first dojo he opened in 1963. I ask him to tell us all about how he found his master and about the teachings of his master Sonny Gascon. As luck would have it he was working with a man named Alan Newton who was taking kempo at that time. He went with Alan one night to see what it was all about. One of GM Gascon's first words to him was do you think you are you good enough! So it began!
One of the last black belts to be made by GM Emperado, was a young man named Victor (Sonny) Gascon. In 1965 and moved to Pasadena, California where he renewed his friendship with Edmund Parker, with who he had grew up in Hawaii. John Leoning, a black belt of Emperado, asked Sonny to teach at a school he would be opening in Burbank, California. One night during a workout, three black belts from the Hawaii school visited with a message. They informed Mr. Gascon that they did not have permission to use the KAJUKENBO name or patch because they were not paying the required percentage to the dojo in  Hawaii. Sonny asked the three black belts in for a workout but they declined saying they were just passing along this message. This began Sonny's departure from KAJUKENBO and martial arts POLITICS.  Sonny soon replaced the old patch with the KARAZENPO-GO-SHINJUTSU logo patch
The type of training conducted was much like the old school in Hawaii with some  twists.  Mr. Gascon  would then have them sit and turn out the lights, kumite in the dark using the senses available. Using bare fists they would spar till one of them went to the floor. every three months or so they would gather at Griffith Park in Los Angeles at 5 am. They would start by performing their kata's in unison, practicing until all moved as one. The school closed in 1963 and Sijo Gascon returned to Hawaii in 1969 this began Pesare's start on his own moving back to RI. In 1963 he opened his own school in Olneyville, Rhode Island. From this school would come black belts that would eventually open dojo's across the United States and World. Grand Master name for his style is Kaito Gakko (school of schools) from this dojo came what we know as kempo today. It is important to know the history of our art. "If we forget where we came from, how do we know where we are going."
"Keeping with the traditions of our lineage we pass on our history and teach to keep our minds open, so that we can grow as kempo-ka and pass it on to the next masters to teach their students".
Sensei Pence, Chuck Norris and Miss Jacqui

In a unique "Kick-A-Thon" held at Pence Self-Defense Students of all ages received pledges from family, friends and sponsors to raise money for the . Pledges for the Kick-A-Thon were made on a "kick per minute" basis. Many of the talented students performed over 50 kicks a minute.

Sensei Kevin's thanks go to all the familys that helped to make this event a great one. A total of $1,425 was raised from Pence Self-Defense alone and will given to the Chuck Norris Kick Start at the evening show in R.I., on the 9th of April 2005 .This donation will be presented as one W.M.A.F. donation COMBINING all of our schools.The amount of funds raised will be announced that night!

From 1964 to 1968, Chuck won many State, National, and International amateur karate titles. In 1968, Chuck fought and won the World Professional MiddleWeight Karate championships by defeating the World's Top Fighters. He held that title until 1974 when he retired undefeated.

In 1968, Chuck was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame as Fighter of the Year. In 1975, he was inducted as Instructor of the Year and in 1977, Chuck received the honor of Man of the Year.

Chuck is also founder and President of United Fighting Arts Federation with over 2,300 black belts all over the world.

In 1997, Chuck achieved another milestone in his life by being the first man ever in the Western Hemisphere to be awarded an 8th degree Black Belt Grand Master recognition in the Tae Kwon Do system. This was a first in 4,500 years of tradition.


Sensei Pence has been VERY lucky having been able to trian w/ Mr.Carman with the use of the Cane and Nunchucks.
The untold story of Elvis Presley’s Faith, Spirit, and Discipline as told by friend and training partner Wayne Carman.  This documentary gives an inside glance into Elvis’s commitment to the T.C.B. ( Taking Care of Business ) Creed and how he applied these principles to achieve the many goals in his life.  Also included in this book are memories from Kathy Westmoreland, together with Red West, Bill Wallace, Kang Rhee, Ed Parker, and Sam Thompson.

G.M. Ed Parker Jr. and Sensei Kevin Pence Sr.
G.M. Ed Parker Jr. and Sensei Kevin Pence Sr.



Mr. Parker is considered one of the leading martial arts philosophers in American Martial arts. He is scheduled for seminars in Australia, South America and a 7 country tour in Europe in the new millennium. He has just published a book on his father and has sold over 10,000 copies to date. the latest book he has released to date is The Journey with Joe Hyams. Ed did the layout and design and artwork. He has also been featured in 2 consecutive magazine articles in Black Belt Magazine. Those articles are in the November '99 and December '99 issues. He has also been featured in Inside Kung-Fu, Karate/Kung-Fu Illustrated, Budo, Fighters, Kampfkunst (German Magazine), and Full Contact Magazines.

Ed Parker Jr. and the Pence boys

Better a student of reality than a master of BS”.
Sensei KP - Chief Visionary

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
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