The A.K.E.A. is pleased to announce exciting changes to the Fighting with Forms Workshops. After Dr. Moss’s last visit, we have been authorized to start teaching Okinawan Kenpo Karate. Okinawa is the birthplace of karate and is the predecessor to the later established Japanese and Hawaiian systems of Kenpo karate. While it is primarily trained through a series of forms, it focuses on medium and close quarter combat, including grappling for self-defense.
The workshop will still teach how to use these forms for self-defense, but in addition, it will also train students in the Okinawan forms themselves. The workshop will be broken out in two one-hour classes. The first hour will be for beginners and will focus on the two forms taught in camp this last year, Nihanchi Shodan and Wansu. This hour will be open to all students. The second hour will be limited to advanced students and will introduce new forms to students. Students who attend these workshops and master the forms and Bunkai will be allowed to test for rank next year when Dr. Moss returns.