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American Kenpo Karate Classes in Winter Garden

VI Levels is a MMA & Fitness Center Located in Winter Garden, Florida. We offer several on-going programs with multiple weekly classes for Kids starting at the age of 3. Choose from 3 of our on-going programs, for kids 3-5 years old we have Mighty Mites, our most popular program Youth is for Kids typically between 5-9 and our Teen program which the youngest can be about 10 years old. We don't focus so much on age but more skill.

We also have our Adult Program with Weekly classes and our Women's Self Defense Program. Along with our on-going programs you have a variety of Semi-Private and Private Programs to choose from. These programs are tailored to your needs and taught by one of our World Class or Celeberty Trainers.


About American Kenpo Karate Classes in Winter Garden

American kenpo karate, also referred to as American kenpo, is a hybrid style of martials arts based on modern-day street fighting that applied both logic and practicality. American kenpo is characterized by its use of quick and powerful movements that are delivered by the body’s natural hip swings and powered by rapid stance transitions also known as “shifting.” 

American kenpo was founded by Senior Grandmaster Edmund Kilaloha Parker, who began training judo and boxing at a young age in Hawaii. In the 1940s, Parker was introduced to kenpō, which is an umbrella term for several styles rooted in traditional Japanese and Chinese martial arts. 

After studying and practicing kenpō, Parker decided to modify it so that it may apply as a more realistic self-defense system that can be used out on the streets for virtually any situation. He also believed in tailoring the techniques to the individual student to ensure its effectiveness, and so he came up with his own changing principles, theories, and concepts of motion that covered short-form combat, long-form combat, surprise attacks, bare hands versus weapons, and more. 

The objective of American kenpo is to be able to quickly disable an attacker within seconds. Kicks are a less common technique in American kenpo as high kicks are considered to be slower in their execution and can potentially compromise a practitioner’s balance leaving them vulnerable in a fight. Therefore, kicks are only applied to the lower part of an opponent’s body, and usually as a means to quickly sweep the opponent onto the ground. A wide variety of punches, open-hand strikes, elbows, knee strikes, and finger strikes are utilized as well as some throws and joint locks and weapons training. 

In practice, once an American kenpo student has learned the basics, they may choose to expand on the techniques that would suit them best, hence the reason for tailoring the art to the individual. Physically speaking, American kenpo teaches the specific order of environmental awareness, structural stability, balance, coordination, flow, speed, power, and timing as a student progresses. Parker’s primary goal in teaching American kenpo was ensuring that his students would learn the science behind each basic movement, as in the why, when, where, and how to execute said movements in order to adapt his system to their own circumstances. 

Essentially, American kenpo is less of a traditional martial art and more of a combat science, designed to evolve as the practitioner evolves. The most common elements of American kenpo include the “marriage of gravity” in regard to shifting body weight for greater striking force, turning every block into a strike and every strike into a block, the elimination of “telegraphing moves,” choosing the best available target, and personalizing the style to one’s own situation. 

Lastly, American kenpo follows the traditional colored belt ranking system. However, students who later become instructors and decide to start their own organization are free to create their own curriculum based off the above principles as they see fit.

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On-Going Programs

We go the extra mile for the kids, but we don’t take forever to get there.

Within each program we offer a variety of classes, that meet multiple times per week. Each class within the program is designed to further advance everyone with our VI levels in mind.

MIGHTY MITES

Kids Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 3-5
This mighty fun class is great for improving developmental milestones. Our Mighty Might's are given a platform of coordination, following directions and patience all while teaching the foundation of Self Defense.

YOUTH

Kids Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 6-9
Our non-traditional, enhanced, Mixed Martial Arts and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu program will give your child the mental and physical skills that will assist them in everyday life. All while increasing their enthusiasm and understanding of discipline.

TEENS

Teen Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 10-14+
Our Teens Program is a continuation of our younger programs. Whether you are just joining us, or you have been with us from the beginning. Your teen will continue to develop skills designed to help them in the real world.

ADULTS

Adult Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 15+
Whether you've trained before or you're ready to start a new chapter in life. Our Adult Program is a wonderful place for people who want to learn Self-Defense, have fun, get in great shape, all while under the watchful eye of skilled instructors.

Women's Self Defense

Women's Self Defense Classes
Ages 6+
Our Women’s Self-Defense is a 5 Week Program that meets once a week for 90 minutes. This is Women's Self-Defense thats molded to everyday situations, that’s Simple, Practical, And Most of All — Reliable.

FREE WEEK TRIAL

Free Week Trial
Seriously, A Free Week!
We are currently offering a FREE WEEK TRIAL for Mighty Mites, Youth, Teen and Adult Programs. Simply sign up & select the first class you or your child would like to attend, completly FREE. Once you arrive for your class, we will handle the rest.

Semi-Private & Private Programs

Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.

Our Semi-Private and Private programs offer individual and semi-individual classes that can meet multiple times per week. Helping you to form a habit that is life changing and healthy.

FITNESS TRAINING

Fitness Classes
Ages 6 +
We offer Group and Private Classes to help get the results you desire. People who are looking for more personal attention, can hire one of our world-class coaches for Fitness & Cardio Training. Your challenge, become the best version of you!

WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE

Women's Self-Defense Classes
Ages 6 +
Women’s Self-Defense That’s Simple, Practical, And Most of All — Reliable. Our Women’s Self-Defense program is based on the effective and efficient techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Molded to everyday situations.

STRIKING

Striking MMA Classes
Ages 6 +
Striking revolves around learning how to use your knees, legs, and arms to protect yourself or someone you love. Bringing in a foundation of Muay Thai, you'll become more comfortable and confident with your body.

CAMPUS DEFENSE

Campus Defense Classes
Ages 16 +
Whether you're sending your daughter or son off to college. Or you're a current college student, learning how to get yourself out of tricky situations is a life skill. Train with our Celebrity Trainers to learn how to maneuver through life.

MODEL MUGGIN

Model Muggin Classes
Ages 16 +
Learn what to do, and what not do, in the unfortunate event of a mugging. Life sometimes throws us curve balls, be prepared when the time counts. Protect yourself and your loved ones with confidence and skills to last a lifetime.

FAMILY SAFE

Family Safe Classes
Entire Household
Having the family know what to do in a worst-case scenario provides a foundation for everyone to work from. Your family will build upon what to do and what not do in the event of real-life emergencies.

HANDGUN PROTECTION

Handgun Protection Classes
Ages 16 +
Learn how to use and control your handgun effectively and safely. Learning how you can safely manipulate and control your weapon will boost your confidence and abilities for those unforeseen times.

HANDGUN MANIPULATION

Handgun Manipulation Classes
Ages 16 +
Learn Handgun Manipulation. When faced with an impossible decision, what do you do? Learning how to break down those seemingly impossible feats, gives you the strength and confidence in yourself to come out on top.

TACTICAL JIU JITSU (TJJ)

Tactical Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 16 +
Tactical Jiu-Jitsu™ (TJJ™) is a blend of martial arts, military, and law enforcement strategies. It is a street-ready program for anyone who is serious about self-defense and personal protection.

SPORTS CONDITIONING

Sports Conditioning Classes
Ages 6 +
Our Sports Conditioning Program is geared towards the athlete who is looking to enhance their workout.

MMA CONDITIONING

MMA Conditioning Classes
Ages 16 +
Our MMA Conditioning Program is geared towards the MMA athlete who is looking to enhance their workout, learn new skills and enhance specific areas of their Defense & Offense.

HOME INVASION

Home Invasion Classes
Ages 6 +
Geared towars the entire household to provide skills and the knowledge on how to handle a home invasion.

ANTI-BULLYING

Anti-Bullying Classes
Ages 6 - 16
One of our most popular programs, our Anti-Bullying classes are for ages 6-16 and provide the foundation to give kids the skills on how to handle bullies in modern day situations.

MIX & MATCH

Mix & Match Classes
Ages 6 +
Looking for something but you're not too sure what? Why not try a little bit of everything? Or a lot a bit of something? Find your passion and do a sampling of all our privates and/or semi-private classes.

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