Portland Kenpo Karate
LOGIC, PRACTICALITY, UNDERSTANDING
Welcome to Kenpo!
We teach American Kenpo in the tradition of the Parker/Planas Lineage. All skill levels, experience, and lineages are welcome. We strive to create an environment of quality training, mental and physical health, and a community built around the dedication to our art.
We welcome you.
Eric Stiverson, Kenpo Instructor
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and in compliance with the Govenor of Oregon, Portland Kenpo is temporarily offering lessons outdoors at Wallace Park and via Zoom. We regret the inconvenience, but are committed to making sure our members, their families and our community is safe and healthy.
Monday 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the park
Wednesdays 5:30 to 6:30 at the park
Fridays 5:30 to 6:30 Zoom
Private lessons available upon request (extra fee applies. $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 is a modern self-defense combat system based on street fighting that applies logic, practicality, and an understanding of motion and reactions.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 Brown. Currently a student under Master of the Art Chuck Epperson in Chico, CA
and part of the Richard "Huk" Planas lineage of Kenpo.
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.