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Advanced Training:

Congratulations, you have passed through the beginning and intermediate levels. Welcome to the advanced training level. The advanced training level takes your journey into new stages of learning – more complex, dynamic, and intriguing than you can imagine. You will truly begin to learn the interdependence of all that you have done before and how various positions, defenses, alignment, entry and many other Kenpo processes intricately work. You can spend your entire lifetime in this phase of learning. How much you master will depend on you.

Your advanced training begins with brown belt – 3 levels – third brown (one black stripe/kyu); second brown (two stripes) and 1st brown (three stripes). Each component phase takes you further into your quest. This level of training is designed for students who are ready for advanced training.  At this point you will be ready to take your training to an expert level.  You will be introduced to expert level Kenpo techniques and forms, higher levels of grappling & sparring, the bo-staff, a wide variety of edged weapons, firearms and combat training techniques and much more. You will begin to learn the fine points at the more advanced levels of CQC (close quarters combat) in which you will face both armed and unarmed opponents. This should not be confused CQB (close quarters battle), which is the military doctrine of armed to armed close quarters combat. But you will also learn those principles too. Our goal at this level is to produce highly skilled black belts; we also want to produce leaders, coaches and role models for the newer students and the community as a whole. 

Part of the training at this level is also comprised of leadership training, which is separate from the physical aspects of Kenpo. Without going into great detail the student will be able to choose additional methods of combat that are inherent to Kenpo. A partial list includes:

  • Grappling and Ground fighting Training
  • Natural Weapons Training
  • Weapons and Firearms Training
  • Reactionary Defensive Methods Training
  • Strategic Offensive Methods Training
  • Practical Combat Training
  • Personal Protection for the General Public
  • Law Enforcement Officer Combat Training
  • Military Personnel Combat Training

Additionally, you’ll learn about the three types of learning to help both yourself and future students. There are three types of learning.

  • Cognitive: Facts, concepts, application skills. Facts and concepts are taught and students are provided opportunities to apply the information (name of a block, a fighting principle, combat theory, etc.).
  • Affective: Attitudes as they affect behavior. Our advanced fighter courses can also help people examine attitudes that affect behavior and change attitudes that may result in undesirable behavior. As an example, controlling anger through self control, feeling more at ease by having a heightened self confidence or, becoming a hard worker through self discipline that Kenpo training teaches.
  • Psychomotor: Motor skills. Our Advanced Fighting/Kenpo System teaches skills that combine thought and physical action. Such skills may include sparring, weapons training, punching, or kicking. Our advanced fighting also includes all three types of learning.

The practitioner will also learn a wide variety of teaching methods used for each type of learning, as well as the concepts of learning and how to apply them.


There are four concepts about learning which will help you with in both learning and teaching our advanced fighter system:

  • Motivation
  • Association
  • Repetition
  • Use of the Senses

For the latter, Dr. Tindall has often trained his students in a pitch black environment to demonstrate how the senses can work and work well without sight. Until you experience it, you haven’t delved into the finer aspects of Kenpo. What’s truly amazing is how effective you can still be as a fighter.

We also want to help you become an effective instructor. But above all, we want to help you to become tough. Not mean or a bully, but tough.

Toughness – the ability to consistently perform at the upper limit of your skill in crises or other situations.

Just because you’re an MMA, UFC or other fighter doesn’t mean you’re tough. Toughness training is the art and science of increasing your ability to handle all kinds of stress — physical, mental, and emotional — so that you’ll become a more effective fighter.

Toughness training is highly sophisticated and a thoroughly proven method of perfecting your combat skills while minimizing risk of physical injuries and emotional setbacks that often accompany over training that can happen in the dojo, on the street, in an MMA match or in real combat.

A key element in Toughness Training is improving your recover-from-stress routines during practice. Balancing the stress of training with adequate recovery is vital; failing to do so will always undermine a fighter’s potential. To achieve that essential balance you have to know how to recognize when you’re out of balance. Toughness Training gives you the necessary skills. It will toughen your mind, body, and psyche. As with the speed-strength training we teach, it will help you become more flexible, responsive, resilient, and stronger, especially mentally. More importantly, toughness does not rely on strength or size; it is a learned skill and we’ll show you how to develop it in yourself and students. There’s so much more we could discuss, but we’ll save that for the courses.

What are you waiting for? Begin your journey today!

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