Instructor Alan Creech
Champaign-Urbana Kempo meets Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:15 at the University YMCA at 1001 South Wright Street.
Spring classes begin in January 23rd! We do charge a small tuition to help cover the costs of practice space and equipment, but everyone is welcome to join us for a free introductory session.
Karate for Kids class! Spring karate for kids classes begin January 25th on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30pm. Class size will be limited. Email for more information!
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How We Train
The class is taught in what Instructor Alan Creech would describe as "family style." That is, the atmosphere is relaxed but not so loose as to be disruptive to training.
"We want students to have fun," he says, "but we always emphasize the seriousness of training and the importance of improving your techniques."
There is some formality and respect for the instructor and other classmates is expected, but we do not train in a militaristic "yes sir / no sir" environment. Each class begins with the students lining up to greet and bow to the instructor, and then a full body warm up and stretching routine begins.
During this time, we encourage students to participate in a friendly discourse. How was your week? Do you have a martial arts story to share? We'd love to hear about it! Then, once we are all stretched out and warmed up, we begin working on self-defense techniques.
The techniques that we teach are intended to be combat-effective, but we always teach with an emphasis on safety. During the years that this class has been running, there has not been a single serious injury. We realize that this is not something that many martial arts classes can boast, so we take pride in this fact.
Students are taught to learn focus and control of their techniques. There is no sparring or any competition allowed in the classroom. Students learn to treat each other as partners in training.
Our style of martial arts instruction is unique in that it is not designed to promote competition and aggression between students, but instead focuses on achieving personal growth through the principles of harmony and compassion.
We all work together so that we can each meet our own individual goals.