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Welcome to Ward Kenpo Schools Ireland
Since 1991, Ward Kenpo Schools has been providing instruction in Kenpo and the martial arts in the Dublin area. The schools have produced champions in life as well as martial arts.

Headed by Professor John Ward Ph.D and a staff of expert instructors including Tommy Flynn 3rd Degree, Barry Ward 2nd Degree, and Fran Holmes 2nd degree, We hope you enjoy our website and will stop by and visit us if you are in the area.

This site is designed to give you information about our facilities, our style of martial arts, our staff and also to provide you with information on how to contact us. We invite you to come and visit our facilities located at Walkinstown Community Centre Walkinstown Ave Dublin 12,and Drimnagh Castle School Long Mile Rd Dublin 12. Come along and consider enrolling in one of our outstanding programs such as Junior Syllabus, Senior Syllabus, Kenpo Concepts and Principles, Teaching through Motion as well as Personal development and Fitness. You can reach us through Direct E-Mail or our Contact Form. You can also call us on the phone at: + 353 1 4520478. Please refer to our Hours of Operation to call us within our business hours. Thank You for Visiting Us Online Thank you for visiting our website, we hope that we have provided you with enough information to help you in your search for a Martial Arts training facility. We hope to meet you in the near future. - The Management of Ward Kenpo Schools Ireland.

What is Kenpo?
Kenpo is a style of Karate developed in the west. The only difference between Kenpo and Kempo is in the translation of the Kanju to its English form. The words Kenpo and Kempo are both pronounced the same and both mean "Law of the Fist". However, the more "traditional" forms of Kempo use the "Kempo" form, while the more non-traditional modern or contemporary versions use the term "Kenpo".

Kenpo is a martial art that teaches self-defence and self-control through three primary methods: self-defense techniques, forms, and sparring. However, Kenpo diverges from traditonal Karate in several important respects. Students are encouraged to change and adapt the techniques. Kenpo emphasises vital point attacks using punches, strikes and kicks. Throws are also important in Kenpo.

Self defence techniques help Kenpo students develop their skills by allowing them to practice with different threatening situations and experiment with what-if scenarios. Initally, forms and katas help students to develop mental concentration and mental discipline. As they progress, the forms and katas help them to develop self-awareness and self-expression. Kumite (also known as freestyle or sparring) is an exercise in which students test their skills, self-confidence, and self-control in a friendly competition among other class mates. It gives the opportunity to develop their reflexes and timing in a controlled environment while engaging in a sport activity.

Kenpo also teaches students how to use weapons to increase their understanding of self-defence. In Kenpo, defence against knives and clubs are taught from the yellow belt and up. Weapon training often begins at the green belt level, although some schools restrict it to those of the black belt level and higher.(Ward Kenpo does not)

The Kenpo style strives to maintain a balance between "martial" and "art". The "martial" aspect is expressed by effective efficient self-defence concepts and techniques. The "art" is expressed by creativity, self-expression and presentation of form.

To view the History of Kenpo

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