Welcome Prospective Karate Students!
Stanford Kenpo Karate welcomes beginning karate students for the Academic Quarter.
Please explore our website to see if
Stanford Kenpo is right for you!
Kenpo requires no
prior martial arts experience and accommodates
all levels of fitness. We take new students
for the first two to three weeks of every quarter.
Be sure to stop by class and
see what Kenpo is all about.
If you have particular questions, please see our
Frequently Asked Questions,
or feel free to
You can sign up for the new quarter in the sheet here.
Women's Self Defense Workshop - Coming up Feb 9
Join us for our annual Women's Self Defense Workshop, where you'll learn
how to effectively defend yourself against a variety of potential
attacks. You'll get to practice full-force self-defense on our club
members to feel what a real situation is like and learn that you DO have
the strength to fight back! Click here here to learn more and to sign up now!
What is Kenpo and why should I try it?
Self-Defense: Kenpo is a unique style that
centers around teaching students practical
and efficient self-defense
Instruction: Our black belts each
have 12+ years of experience in Kenpo and
focus on providing personal, positive
instruction, often in small groups or even
Fitness: Improve your conditioning, flexibility, balance, and
Self-Confidence: Build self-confidence for all aspects of life - not just
walking down dark alleys.
Stress Relief: Leave the pressures of Stanford student life at the door
and walk away feeling ready to take on the
Community: Kenpo is a tight-knit and welcoming family. Make new friends
and enjoy club social activities,
including yearly trips to Santa Cruz and
Approchable: We take pride in developing students starting from their very
first class - no previous experience is needed.
How is Kenpo different from other SMAP martial arts?
We believe that Kenpo is the group to come to for learning practial
real-world self-defense skills. Other SMAP
clubs also teach self-defense, and we
welcome you to try several classes of
Kenpo and other styles as well. Kenpo as a
style is known for fast, effective strikes
to vulnerable targets using both hands and
feet. It is a modern, constantly evolving
style that incorporates the best of other
styles as well - several of our
instructors hold black belts in other
martial arts including Escrima and
Jujitsu. In addition, no other group has
more talented and experienced instructors
than Stanford Kenpo. Our Head instructor,
Ms. Minneti, brings her background as a
professional educator to our club and
ensures a consistently high level of
instruction from our black belts.
How do I try Kenpo?
Just show up! New students are accepted
during the first few weeks of each
academic quarter at Stanford. Everyone is
welcome to try out Kenpo for several
classes before paying dues for the quarter
or buying a uniform. Come wearing loose
fitting pants and a plain t-shirt. If
possible, bring a signed waiver, and
please arrive at least 10 minutes before
the start of class on your first day.
Meeting Times and Location
Mondays and Wednesdays: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
in Burnham Pavilion
Saturday: 10am - Noon(For advanced students. Optional for beginners)
in the Ford Center (the same building as Burnham)
Burnham Pavilion is located at 615 Serra Street, in the back of the Ford Center, at the corner
of Serra & Galvez.(
Enter through the doors of Ford Center,
go straight down the hallway to the gym at the back of the building.
Look for the people with the black uniforms (gis).
Note that you will need a Stanford ID in order to enter the gym.
If you do not have a Stanford ID, please contact us if you plan on attending
so that we can make proper arrangements for entry.
Quarterly fees are $50 for students,
faculty, and staff. Quarterly fees for
community members not affiliated with
Stanford are $100. Make checks payable to
ASSU Stanford Kenpo Karate Association and
indicate your Stanford I.D. on the check
(if you have one).
Club members are required to wear a black
karate uniform (gi) to all classes. The
cost of the uiform is $50, and includes
the gi, a white belt, mouthguard (for
sparing), and a club T-shirt. Male
students are also required to wear a
protective athletic cup, which can be
purchased at most sporting goods stores.
Kenpo is officially a student club, but Stanford students can
enroll in course Athletic 78M to
earn credit for their participation. In
order to obtain satisfactory credit for
taking the course, the athletic department
requires a minimum of 21 hours of
particpation (Which is easily covered by
the normal class hours).
Instructions are under the
Club Information section.
For all our current members, remember that
we're always looking for more people to join
Stanford Kenpo, so make sure to help out with
our recruiting activities. Put up flyers,
participate in demos, and most importantly
bring your friends!
The club waiver is available online!
If you are new to the club and have yet to
sign a copy of the club waiver, print out a
copy, read it, sign it, and bring it to
class with you. Waivers are usually
available at class, but signing one
beforehand saves time and ensures we don't
The waiver is available in the
How to tie your belt
tshem - 10.11.2001
Many students have asked about how to tie
the belt properly. One of the most common
methods is illustrated on our website.
See it by going to the Belt Requirements page
or by clicking