Shaolin Kempo Karate is a unique form of Martial Arts, because it entails a wide range of Martial Arts training including Kempo Karate, Jiu-Jitsu and Shaolin Kung-Fu.
Kempo Karate has Japanese roots that utilize punches, blocks and kicks as self-defense mechanisms.
Jiu-Jistu translates as "the gentle art", is a very defensive form of Martial Art. It deals primarily with learning to apply various joint locks, pressure points and take down techniques. This is particularly important when wanting to control an attacker without causing injury or using strikes. Jiu-Jitsu also teaches the student to use leverage and balance as opposed to physical strength to subdue the attacker.
Shaolin Kung-Fu dates back to ancient China and bases it movements upon the 5 animals of Shaolin (dragon, snake, leopard, crane and tiger). A student of Shaolin Kung-Fu is taught the movements and mentality that is similar to that animal and how it can be used to defend and better oneself through instinct.
Outside of the physical and mental aspects of Shaolin Kempo Karate, there is a great deal of emphasis placed on the "Art" of Karate and the beauty of its movements. Such as being able to stand perfectly balanced on one leg as a crane would as well as moving with the speed of a leopard, striking with the accuracy of a snake and having the patience of a tiger.
Gardner Martial Arts Academy
104 East Broadway
Gardner, MA 01440
Hours of Operation
Mon - Thurs: 4:30PM - 8:30PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM