The Ground
"I want to know if you can get up after a night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the children. It doesn't interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back. It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls way."

  — Oriah Mountain Dreamer

The poem, "The Ground" captures the true spirit of the Ken Zen Ichii System.

Our Ken Zen Ichii karate classes are a combination of traditional and contemporary self defense maximums. There are three core values.
  1. Physical Development - motion, leverage, speed, and targeting
  2. Mental Development - commitment, acceptance, intention, and respect
  3. Spiritual Development - meditation, breathing, silence, and nothingness
Class Structure
  1. Opening Ceremony
  2. Warm-ups
  3. Instruction
  4. Review
Cursory List of Skills
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Dojo Conduct
  • Basic Drills
  • Speed Management Drills
  • Kata
  • Footwork Drills
  • Kickboxing Drills
  • Contact Drills
  • Transitional Skills
  • Combat Strategy
  • Sparring