SparkPeople Martial Arts: Karate and KENPO Team Messageboard For all Martial Artists and fans: good nutrition is vital to you physical, mental and spiritual health. SparkPeople Martial Arts: Karate and KENPO Team Messageboard New New here. Been a martial artist for 12 years or so, BB in Shaolin Kenpo karate, studying Tai Chi, Hsing Yi, Boxing, and Liu Ho Pa Fa Having a blast! Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:26:10 EST What I've Learned so far Well, I had my second karate class last night. THey worked my hard but it wazs fun and I feel that I am learning. I've learned: <BR> Jodan Uke - Upward Block <BR> Gedan Barai - Downward Block <BR> Seiken Tsuki - Fore fist strike <BR> Mae Geri Keage - Front snap kick <BR> <BR> I've learned how to practice these in sets of 3 but I can't remeber what the instructor called the practice routine. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 20:42:17 EST How often do you have martial art class? Hi all. I'm new to the martial arts. I don't have a lot of time as I travel for work on a weekly basis so I joined a karate class being taught at my local YMCA. It meets only once per week which is great for my schedule. But I'm wondering how much longer it will take me to achieve the varies ranks as opposed to someone taking a class at an actual studio. Anyone have any input on this? Thu, 5 Jul 2012 21:35:36 EST Challenge- Deck of Cards Workout Challenge your team or yourself to do a deck of cards workout- use the Jokers too. Multiply the number on the card by 10, and do the type of exercise noted per suit. Pull as many cards as you wish, but be honest as to your completion and posting of your work each day. This workout keeps things fresh, and your body off balance. Try to finish the deck each week. It is very motivational to see what people post everyday. <BR> <BR> Clubs- Upper body exercise <BR> Spades- Lower body exercise ... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 14:42:40 EST New member- is this an active group? Hi, <BR> <BR> Just wondering if this an active group, as I am a new member.... I am 43, and have done martial arts of some type since I was 11 yrs old. I currently study Iron Dragon Kosho Shorei Kempo Karate, and am working to get back into shape after some health issues. <BR> <BR> I look forward to hearing from you all and working toward our goals! Fri, 6 Apr 2012 20:43:31 EST Another Warrior in the house! Hello to all, <BR> <BR> Im new to SP. Trying to lose the 30 lbs I joined after health probs & car accident a few yrs ago. <BR> I did a few yrs of TKD as a kid. Then in 95 got into Chinese Kenpo (Tracy). It was like coming home. My Sifu also was a Kung Fu stylist, so I embraced that as well. LOL I made it to Green belt and was ready to test for Brown. I had to stop due to an emergency heart prob in 98. I still practice on my own, and am looking into finishing up with Mr. Tracy with... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 03:14:01 EST New to AKKI Kenpo now a Yellow Belt Hello, my name is Nick, but everyone calls me NIKE. In November 2011 I started going to Arrowhead Martial Arts in SLC, UT to learn Paul Mills AKKI Kenpo taught by Mr. Ryan Wheaton. <BR> <BR> I completely love Kenpo now, originally I started to give me something to work for and strive to reach goals like I had in High School Swimming and in Track. Now that I am considerably more heavy than in High School it is tough to start something with a lot of movement because it kills my back. <BR> <BR... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 15:08:39 EST Should we wake it up? Who out there in Spark land wants to see this team active again? Sun, 15 Jan 2012 02:50:30 EST Success! Belt testing was a success! I am now an Orange belt! <BR> <BR> I am really excited over this. The testing was <BR> harder than my prior belts and I think our <BR> Sensei rode us harder than before. I am glad! <BR> <BR> I hurt a little bit today due to a leg injury I had <BR> gotten on Monday, but other than that, I am fine. <BR> <BR> This was also the first test in which some of <BR> our coworkers came to watch. Like testing isn't <BR> stressful enough lol. One of the girls who came <BR> t... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 11:21:36 EST Back! Hey guys, I hope everyone is doing well! <BR> <BR> Sighs. I haven't been active in SP lately <BR> and I really have got to change that. I <BR> seem to do a lot better when I have others <BR> to interact with who are also on this journey. <BR> <BR> I am sorry I haven't been here, but that is <BR> changing. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow night, I will be testing for my orange belt! I am really nervous but very excited! <BR> We've been learning Bo Staff form, so I hope all goes well! <BR> <BR> Celeste Tue, 13 Dec 2011 13:46:45 EST New Member My name is Celeste and I am 26. <BR> <BR> I just want to say that I am so glad that this group exists! <BR> <BR> I am a larger lady, however, back in June my best friend talked me into going to a free karate class with her. Despite wanting to run away once I entered the building, I have stayed. We both have. <BR> <BR> I am an advanced yellow belt. <BR> <BR> The style we use is based off of Kenpo. <BR> <BR> It is still tough for me to keep up with some of the warm ups, especially during s... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 18:54:52 EST Mouthguards I started sparring last night with mouthguards, which was exciting, but the mouthguard I was using made me want to gag and made it hard to breathe. I felt like my mouth was filled with plastic! I reboiled and fitted it this morning, but it still makes me gag and irritates my gums. There are so many choices online. Can anyone recommend a mouthguard that won't choke me or chafe my gums? Fri, 2 Sep 2011 09:53:29 EST newbe Hi everyone. I'm a martial arts enthusiast and although I haven't been to a class in years, I still practice at home. I really miss having a class to go to ( I live in the boonies and transportation is a problem,) I make do with instructional videos. I was in karate for several years, practiced sho shin ryu and tai chi with my wonderful sis Kaiya23 and now I do yoga as well..... <BR> I'm happy to be part of the group :) Wed, 10 Aug 2011 09:47:46 EST Getting back on track We all get off track and unfortunately it's too easy to slide off that track and it's very hard to get back on. I injured my knee back in April while in Kenpo class and I allowed this injury to sideline me and used it more of an excuse not to excercise and therefore I didn't need to log my calories in. Somehow by the grace of God, I gained 4 pounds in this time. But, that could've been more of a nice loss towards my goals. <BR> <BR> So I tell you this to hopefully help anyone who's off t... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:08:42 EST Difference between Shotokan and kenpo Hello <BR> Can any body tell me the differences between the kenpo and Shotokan Karate Do. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 16:16:14 EST The journey of a thousand steps.... Hi Im Jason and I have trained in martial arts for near 13 years. I love it and live it. Im even in the process of working towards opening my own dojo soon (I hope!) <BR> <BR> The reason I joined spark people is I really enjoy learning from other people.For years I trained hard and my diet was lack luster. Now Im mentally at a point I feel I need to turn this corner to be a true martial artist. (It only took 13 yrs to be ready! haha) <BR> <BR> Any advice on training others do or excercises... Mon, 30 May 2011 00:05:32 EST Tournament training I have a local tournament coming up at the end of may and have totally hit the wall in my training. What doesn't help is i'm still recovering from a chest infection so my lungs can't keep up with my body when i'm sparring. Anyone ever been in the same situation? I'd love some advice. x Thu, 14 Apr 2011 13:10:38 EST 100 pushup challenge <BR> <BR> Don't forget to do your intial test. To perform the test, simply execute as many good-form push ups as you can. Don't cut corners and please don't cheat - the last thing you want to do is end up in the wrong level of the training program! The results may be humbling, but trust me, honesty is the best policy if you want to maximize your strength gains! <BR> <BR> Then start tracking. Please ensure you give yourself a days rest in between. <BR> <BR> Week... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 02:47:46 EST New to the team Wanted to say hey. New to the team. Both me and my son take kenpo karate. I am working toward green and he is working toward brown. Looking forward to chatting with you everyone and meeting goals. <BR> Jess Tue, 4 Jan 2011 03:06:14 EST Hello all I have studied various different forms of martial arts. The most prominent is villari's martial arts which is a kempo based form of martial arts. I started martial arts when I was 17 and I am 29 now. I have studied, Isshin-ryu karate and got a first degree black belt, midway through that I started at Villari's and midway through that I also joined weapons which is officially called Okinawan Kobudo Weapons. I got my first degree black belt in that. I also studied Tai chi Yang style and tai chi... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 14:50:04 EST HI i am new HI My Name is Heather I am originally from New York state. But i have lived here in Va for 23 years. <BR> I have been taking Teakwondo <BR> now for two years at Golds gym where i live. <BR> i like it alot. I am a white belt, and i am going for my yellow belt soon. <BR> i like the martial art a lot. Wed, 10 Nov 2010 01:23:15 EST USSD I work and study the USSD Shaolin Kenpo...Hi all!!! Sun, 18 Jul 2010 14:23:51 EST Weekly Weigh In It's time for a weekly weigh-in. <BR> <BR> New Weight: 188 <BR> Old Weight: 190 Mon, 7 Jun 2010 11:22:41 EST Help!!! Our karate club is woefully short of black belts. This year our sensei has to travel every other week for his work, and his son (the other black belt) has a heavy semester with late classes. That leaves me as the senior student to run the classes, and I'm running out of ideas! <BR> <BR> We've got kids and adults training together, mostly junior belts. The only other senior belt is 14 and bless his heart he's happy to help, but does not willingly take the initiative. <BR> <BR> We usually do... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 01:25:56 EST Do you like martial arts movies? I never used to, until I started training. The first movie I saw was "Forbidden Kingdom". This got me interested in Jackie Chan and Jet Li and I started to look for their other movies, so basically I went backwards. It didn't take me long to discover Bruce Lee. Branching out a bit, I became interested in Akira Kurosawa's Samurai movies as well as the Samurai trilogy with Toshiro Mifune. <BR> <BR> More recently I found a movie called "Kuro Obi" which is the first karate movie I saw (as compa... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 09:36:29 EST Hello Hello, my name is Crystal. I have been in martial arts for about 4 years now. I'm actually testing for my black belt this coming friday...excited and nervous at the same time. My style is Pai lum Kung Fu and Kenpo. I new on here and still trying to figure things out. But, I like it so far. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone who reads this has a blessed and happy day :0) Tue, 30 Mar 2010 09:14:39 EST Hello! Hi; nice to find a team for my favourite sport! I'm studying Nisei karate do and tai chi. I'm really motivated to lose some fat and increase my fitness, strength and flexibility. Sun, 28 Mar 2010 16:51:42 EST hello everyone Hi all my name is Mike I've been training in Kenpo since 2001 I currently hold the rank of 2nd black. I'm looking forward to talking with you and swapping training ideas. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 11:27:29 EST Newb Hello Everyone!!! <BR> <BR> My name is Nikki and I have been practicing American Kenpo Karate for four years now. I will be grading in June for 1st black. I also just received my 1st black in Kyusho Jitsu in October. I am also involved in a self defense program called Bojuka. <BR> <BR> My Husband and I and our 6 children all participate. Mon, 11 Jan 2010 11:25:10 EST Hey! Hi everyone, I'm Jess. Been taking Kenpo for a while, working on blue belt and feel as though I may never get it. Motion work just not my fortee though my trainer days I'm better then give self credit for. Any tips? Mon, 10 Aug 2009 12:53:25 EST New!!! Hello all! I'm currently doing P90X and start KempoX tomorrow. Any advice, please spark-mail me and check out my sparkpage. See you guys around!!! <em>629</em> <em>652</em> Mon, 9 Feb 2009 17:40:17 EST howdy y'all I am new to the sparkteam but excited to try it. I am in YounWha MA. I have been doing it for a few years. I got my first Black in WhaRangDo when I was young. I got back into it because I was bored and out of shape and over weight. I lost about 40 pounds when I started. I got down to a certain wieght and can 't seem to break past. I start to lose and bam it comes right back. This is my new spark to get back on track and see if I can make a go of it. I work out in MA 4-6 times a week. I am 2n... Fri, 12 Dec 2008 22:44:41 EST Hi There! Hi all! Great to be here and part of this team! I'm Karen and I have been practicing SKK (Shaolin Kenpo Karate) for just over a year now and loving every minute of it! I cannot even imagine how much heavier I would be right now if I had never decided to get off my duff and try it out! Training in Kenpo has to be one of the best things I have ever done for myself. <BR> <BR> I look forward to being a part of this team and getting to know everyone here. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Tue, 18 Nov 2008 14:11:41 EST Your favorite form/set? I just got stance set this week. I tend to love the forms and sets so much! I like memorizing things, haha. What is everyone's favorite form/set? Fri, 14 Nov 2008 09:16:59 EST Hello! I love that this group is so little! All the other ones I belong to are so big it seems overwhelming. I am a proud Karate mom and wife. It probably won't take a rocket scientist to figure out that "KarateDad2" is my DH. That being said, I won't reiterate what he said in his post. I must say that Karate has been such a blessing in our life! Living so far from our biological family, I have been able to form a "Karate family" that I love like my own.(I say "I" because my DH is currently serving ... Sun, 9 Nov 2008 21:12:49 EST Hello Hello everyone, <BR> I found this group from my wife. She and I along with our son Study GoJu Ryu karate. I am a green belt and my son is 1 Kuy green my wife is getting ready to test for her green belt. We love what it has done for us and our family. We are a big part of the BMAP( our dojo) family. We are from Kentuky and love the friends that we have made from other schools in the area. Sun, 9 Nov 2008 15:21:42 EST New Kenpoist: 30 years in the Martial Arts My name is John <BR> I've been in the martial arts since I was seven years old, and I'm still addicted!! Loving every minute of it. <BR> <BR> Black Belts: Kenpo Karate, Amercian Karate & martial science (eclectic system) and Bushidokan Aikijutsu. <BR> I've studied a few other systems, but now Kenpo is my TRUE Love! <BR> <BR> I'd been a teacher for almost a decade when I recieved several injuries a while back. I'm working to get back into the full swing of things now though. Need to lose s... Fri, 31 Oct 2008 14:44:54 EST Kicking set I'm having a horrible time memorizing kicking set. It's coming along, but I can usually get something down the first couple times doing it. I'm also horrible at the spinning back kick. BLEH! Thu, 9 Oct 2008 09:42:07 EST Yellow Belt I received my yellow belt on Thursday. Very exciting! <BR> <em>30</em> Sat, 20 Sep 2008 14:26:55 EST Picking a Style of Martial Arts: A Personal Choice <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> I picked Tae Kwon Do as my first style of Martial Arts. I was a musician. After reading about several styles I felt I would try TKD because it concentrated on kicking and at the time I was desperately afraid to put my hands in danger. TKD gave me a very structured and wonder foundation for my future studies. I learned about respect for the Sensi, Dojo, Gi... A firm foundation of the fundamentals and a need for learning "the right way" before trying to make adjustm... Wed, 17 Sep 2008 00:37:13 EST Hello: Tell us about yourself. <em>216</em> <BR> Hello: <BR> <BR> I am a musican, education and psycology student, teacher, psychiatry researcher, security professional, investigator, photographer, caregiver, wildlife lover, handgun enthusiast, motorcyclist, outdoor aficianado, kayaker, female, political progressive, NRA member, movie buff, partner, traveler, gay, eclectic partisan... and Kenpo student. <BR> <BR> I started taking TaeKwonDo in college but never tested as tests were held the same evening times as my or... Tue, 16 Sep 2008 17:12:36 EST