Instructors

Gary Murry Santa Clara Kenpo Academy headMr. Gary Murry   7th Degree Black Belt, Senior Professor
Like math, Kenpo is built on certain postulates in a logical manner. It is a system, not a style that should be self-supporting. One does not need to rely on evocative imagery to know how to properly execute a movement. Rather a student should always be able to ask “why” and get a logical answer based off of the fundamental assumptions. Please note this is not a denigration of others’ styles. They hold important places in the world of martial arts. This is just one of the main characteristics that set Kenpo apart from other martial arts.

Gil Acosta Santa Clara Kenpo Academy headMr. Gil Acosta   7th Degree Black Belt, Senior Professor
Advanced Kenpo is a very dynamic and flexible martial art. It can be tailored to the potential ability of each individual student by maximizing their strengths, while at the same time minimizing their limitations.

Glenn Haley Santa Clara Kenpo Academy headMr. Glenn Haley   5th Degree Black Belt, Associate Professor
I have trained, competed and achieved advanced rank in several martial arts. However, I consider Kenpo Karate to be the “ultimate self-defense”. It is taught based on logical principles and concepts with an emphasis on the proper execution of basics as the foundation of the system. In Japanese, the work Kenpo means “Fist Law” and Karate means “Empty Hands”, but its meaning is deeper than its translation can convey.
Ultimately, you will have to discover what Kenpo Karate is and means to you. For me, it has been a life-long and positive journey of self-improvement and self-control that has provided balance and harmony in all aspects of my life.

Sandra Dee Santa Clara Kenpo Academy headMs. Sandra Dee (Agonoy)   5th Degree Black Belt, Associate Professor
Advanced Kenpo is practical, effective and it truly makes sense. Because it is so versatile it challenges people to think outside of the box. Kenpo is not a one size fits all system. It allows people to understand and appreciate their own abilities and that they can be effective martial artists.  Kenpo is a lifelong journey waiting to be mastered.

Eli Sanchez Santa Clara Kenpo Academy headMr. Eli Sanchez   3rd Degree Black Belt, Head Instructor
Santa Clara Kenpo Academy offers a friendly, safe and professional learning environment for students of all ages and abilities.  The instructors enjoy teaching traditional Advanced Kenpo and work with students to help them reach their martial arts training goals.

Kim Capell Santa Clara Kenpo Academy head

Ms. Kim Capell  3rd Degree Black Belt, Head Instructor

Kenpo is a self defense art, emphasizing both power and protection, largely based on proven scientific principles and universal laws of motions and forces. The practical application of these principles, along with basic fighting strategies, is taught in a safe, supportive environment where the individual will progress and develop skills at their own pace.
Kenpo was designed to be tailored to the individual, permitting adjustments at different stages in our lives, which allows us to participate, learn and be creative for many years.
Kenpo is a way of life, teaching integrity, individuality and values that must accompany the skills that oneself and one’s children are developing.

Mike Graziano Santa Clara Kenpo Academy headMr. Mike Graziano    1st Degree Black Belt, Junior Instructor
I came to Santa Clara Kenpo in 2004 after spending five plus years studying at 4 different martial arts schools, in two different states. Santa Clara Kenpo was the first school I attended that put a strong emphasis on actually making the self-defense techniques work against a non-compliant opponent. I feel we have a great balance of realistic training while remaining conscious of the fact that students and instructors need to be able to go to work or school the next day and can’t afford injuries. I’ve been very happy with the well-thought-out Advanced Kenpo system and its approach to self-defense. No system is perfect, but Kenpo continues to evolve over time. The school has also moved beyond the point-sparring of the 1970's through 1990's to a much more effective system of self-defense.