Welcome to Portland Kenpo!
American Kenpo is a modern self-defense combat system based on street fighting that applies logic, practicality, and an understanding of motion and reactions.
The Dojo hosts the Portland Kenpo Karate group.
Wednesdays 6:00pm to 7:00pm at the dojo
Fridays 6:00pm to 7:00pm at the dojo
All Kenpo practices included in monthly membership
Private lessons Available ($30/session)
We are available for virtual/remote lessons.
Feel free to reach out for more information.
What is Kenpo?
Founded by Senior Grand Master Ed Parker, American Kenpo uses quick and powerful strikes delivered from all of the body's natural weapons, powered by rapid stance transitions and body mechanics. Students are taught using a combination of basic drills, sparring, kata and scripted self-defense scenarios, which allow students a platform to practice and train concepts and principles Ed Parker emphasized in his teachings.
The purpose of training is to increase physical coordination and continuity with a linear and circular motion. Each movement, when correctly executed, leads into the next, keeping an adversary in check while limiting their ability to retaliate. A skilled Kenpo practitioner understands motion, action, reaction. They understand the rules and principles that make the foundation of Kenpo.
Eric Stiverson, 1st Black/ ShoDan
Eric has practiced various martial arts through most of his life, including Tae Kwon Do, HEMA, Muy Thai, fencing (and a few others) but has found his passion in Kenpo. He is enthusiastic about both the martial and academic parts of Kenpo Karate, and loves to pass on what he knows, just as much as he loves to learn from the people he is instructing.
Currently a student under Master of the Art Chuck Epperson in Chico, CA
and part of the Richard "Huk" Planas lineage of Kenpo.