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When a buddy and I decided to start training martial arts, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted, but I did know I wanted a challenge. I wanted a school that would push me both physically and mentally. I had been out of the U.S. Marine Corps for a few years and I found that I missed the discipline and hard core training. After spending a very short time at Academy Of Kempo Martial Arts, A Martial Arts Academy in Bellevue, I knew I had found my school. The work outs were physically demanding, mentally challenging and lots of fun. Every class and private lesson offered something new. Six years later, I’m training more than ever. I feel incredibly confident in my skill and carry that confidence out of the studio and into every aspect of my life. The best thing about Academy Of Kempo Martial Arts The Academy Of Martial Arts in Bellevue isn’t the training, it’s the people. I’ve become friends with many of my fellow students and love the camaraderie we’ve built punching and kicking at each other over the years. I can’t wait to see where the next six years take me!
Mr. Brandon R. Clausing
Black Belt 1st Degree
Academy Of Kempo Martial Arts Charter Member
I clearly remember the positive feeling when I first entered the Great Hall of Academy Of Kempo Martial Arts in October 1996. After the first meeting with the chief instructor, I was not sure if I wanted to join due to the time commitment it requires being on a full schedule, already working 60 hours a week. The instructor told me to sleep on it and tell him the next day.
However, when I went home that night I completely forgot about it since I received an unexpected phone call announcing the death of my 20 years old nephew in a car accident. His name was Simon. The next morning I woke up with this vivid image of the sign above the Academy Of Kempo Martial Arts Studio: Grand Master Simon Academy Of Kempo Martial Arts. I immediately made the link with my nephew’s name Simon and knew I had to join; I did it in his honor. Since then, when I enter the Great Hall, he is always in my hart.
I never regretted my decision. Academy Of Kempo Martial Arts taught me more than what I was expecting. I wanted to practice a martial art for the physical benefits of course but also to learn about the history and spiritual side of the art. I found all of these things over the years but also found a lot more unexpected benefits. My health improved, my level of confidence, my awareness, my reflexes, my level of concentration, my patience. Above all I met genuinely good people, students and instructors sharing the same values of hard work, loyalty and perseverance to name just a few. Those people are my friends here in Edmonds but also in all the other studios as I had the chance to meet people from all across North America during my visits to the Temple Land.
I was privileged to meet Grand Master Simon and Misses Simon in several occasions, that I consider extremely valuable moments. I also have the great honor to train with Master Jones. I couldn’t ask for a better place to be.
I started at south Vancouver Academy Of Kempo Martial Arts studio in 1997.I do software engineering work for T-Mobile as a network management engineer; writing and implementing software to manage our networks and devices.
Ever since I’ve joined Academy Of Kempo Martial Arts Academy of Martial Arts: I have a lot more confidence and have more energy to keep up with the demands at home and at work. I am also a better person because I discovered how to let go of anger within me by building my skills and strengths inside out. I learned how to relax in times of high stress. I now realize the importance of humbleness this art teaches us, and I also learned three important things in my life: to be kind, to be kind, and to be kind, because someone else is also trying!
In 1988, about a year after moving to the Pacific NW, I decided that I wanted to fulfill a lifelong dream and train some form of martial arts. Because I’m very methodical, I visited about 6 different martial arts schools, and even took some group classes. After evaluating my alternatives, I decided that I wanted to train at Academy Of Kempo Martial Arts. I liked the combination of private lessons and group classes, and the style was very intriguing. This decision was one of the best of my entire life.
I’ve now been training at Academy Of Kempo Martial Arts for over 18 years. It’s one of the best things that I’ve done for myself physically and mentally. Always challenging, I’ve never stopped learning new things, either about the art of Kung Fu, or about myself. Even though I’m now over 50, I’m in the best physical shape that I’ve ever been in. I’ve gained in confidence as well as in my ability to focus on demanding tasks and relieving the stresses and demands of a difficult job.
Academy Of Kempo Martial Arts gives you wonderful opportunities to face up to your self, and break through your physical and mental barriers to achieving your goals. It’s a safe environment, and the instructors allow you to learn at a pace appropriate for you. The other students are tremendously supportive. Training at Academy Of Kempo Martial Arts is one of the best things you can do for yourself; I know that it has been for me.
3rd Degree Balck Belt
Having always belonged to a gym, when I moved from California in 1990, I went to the closest one to sign up. I had several friends who did martial arts and I had always been interested, but never thought it was something I could do it. While listening to the salesperson, I thought I need more than just another aerobic class. I left and went straight to a phonebook where I found Academy Of Kempo Martial Arts. I will never forget my first impression. I made an appointment for a Friday evening. I met Master Jones who was the Chief Instructor at the time. It was obvious the instructors I met loved what they did. I signed up and the next Monday had my first lesson with Mr. Goodner. I remember so well when he told me how to bow in, cross my arms and jump up with my heart away from my opponent. I thought he was kidding. I could not just jump from my knees to standing and of course, I feel over. Well, over the years, I have fallen over a lot, mentally and physically. I left for several years after having children, but always missed Kung Fu. After coming back I realize how much Kung Fu has changed my life. Just walking in the studios, seeing friendly faces, and knowing you are apart of something bigger than yourself is the most rewarding experience and I am so happy to be a part of it.
By: Kimberly Hoover