Shaolin Kempo School of Martial Arts

About Us

Shaolin Kempo School of Martial Arts is a organization that strives to bring out the best in all of our students by teaching them to develop good habits and how to set and reach attainable goals. Our school was a vision of Mr. Anthony Reeser from a very early age. After 26 years of training in Martial Arts and teaching for a decade, he decided with the encouragement from many friends and family members to open his first school in Shepherdsville, KY in 2004.

We first opened in a 600 square foot facility starting with 6 students. Shortly after that, word started traveling and students flooded in. We were forced to expand. However, SKSMA expanded each year due to the popularity of Mr. Reeser’s quality of instruction and the growing number of students until we outgrew the building. Therefore, we purchased our current, 2100 square ft. location in 2007.

Shaolin Kempo School of Martial Arts continues to take pride in offering the very best in Martial Arts and self defense training to men, women, and children in the Shepherdsville, Ky and surrounding areas.

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Our Team

We have taught many students to improve their physical fitness, build character, and excel in academics and athletics. Mr. Reeser and his highly trained professional instructors have taught thousands of students from every walk of life. This includes training military personnel, police officers, security guards and athletes. They have helped many of his students achieve Black Belt and beyond. Moreover, some students have become our instructors, and in doing so they have also excelled in every avenue of life. From education, to sports, or their career - our students are exemplary. At Shaolin Kempo School of Martial Arts, we have a family atmosphere, and over the years, have taught children and even grandchildren of students that have trained with us in the past. Mr. Reeser and his staff of instructors continue with their education in the Martial arts today to make sure that we can offer our the very best to our students not only now, but for many years and generations to come.

Chief Instructor Anthony Reeser

Owner/Chief Instructor

Anthony Reeser

Mr. Reeser began his interest in the Martial arts  like many other during
the early 1970’s watching Bruce Lee and the Kung Fu series on T.V. He
began his training in Tae Kwon Do in 1978, during those years he
became efficient with high kicks and flexibility.
After six years he felt that his training was lacking in certain areas and he
began to look elsewhere to enhance his abilities. For  two years he
began to train with friends in the arts of Wing Chun, Tai Chi Chuan, Jeet
Kune Do, and others to find where he fit among the many different styles
of Chinese, Korean and Japanese arts that have spread across North
It was not until Mr. Reeser found Shaolin Kempo Karate in 1985 that all
of the pieces of the puzzle started to come together. He found that the
utilization of both circular and linear hand strikes in multiple succession
along with equal use of both hands and feet was the most efficient and
practical way to defend himself in almost any given situation, plus the
combined structure of the original 5 Animals of Shaolin Kung Fu
( Leopard, Tiger, Snake, Dragon, Crane) and their fighting
characteristics that teach spirit, strength, balance, coordination,
gracefulness, precision, and flexibility not only increased his martial
capabilities but enhanced his overall health.
Mr. Reeser continues his training in Shaolin Kempo Karate, in which he
holds a 5th Degree Black Belt, and has since trained in other arts such as
Aikido, Kali, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and American Kenpo. In 2006 Mr. Reeser
completed his schooling as a certified personal trainer and aerobics
His overall goal is to make sure that each and every one of his student
can be, and will be offered the best martial arts training they can receive.

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Lead Instructor Hope Parker

Lead Instructor / Assistant Manager

Hope Parker

2nd Degree Black Belt:
Hope is one of our second degree Black belt Instructors. Her Favorite quote is ”Be a pineapple! Stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet on the inside” her proudest martial arts moment was earning her Black Belt back in 2016. She is passionate about Musical theatre as well as her martial arts training. She hopes to someday go to California. She enjoys helping our students to remember and develop their Forms and Katas.

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Assistant Instructor Roger Caudill

Assistant Instructor

Roger Caudill

Black Belt:
Roger is an  Instructor who loves the self-discipline and character building the martial arts has to offer. He is passionate about his martial arts training and enjoys building retro arcade cabinets and playing guitar. He would some day enjoy going to Japan. He enjoys teaching and helping our preschool aged children to learn and develop. He has been studying at Shaolin Kempo School of Martial arts since 2016.

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Assistant instructor Meaghan Vowell

Assistant Instructor

Meaghan Vowell

1st Brown Belt:

Meaghan is a Green Belt with Brown Stipe assistant instructor that has been training in Shaolin Kempo Karate since 2019. She enjoys helping with the children’s classes and in many other ways to help our school to be the best it can be. She loves that her training has helped her with her anxiety and gives her good exercise.  Her favorite place in the world is Dublin, Ireland and she hope to one day visit Okinawa. Some of her favorite moments as an instructor is when she can introduce a student to the martial arts and show them just how fun the martial arts can be.

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Jay Miller

2 nd Degree Black Belt:
Is a Second Dree Black Belt Instructor he helps run classes of all ages. He is passionate about Martial Arts, History and Movies. Someday he hopes to visit Istanbul. He currently is continuing his education at Campbellsville University majoring in History. He started training at Shaolin Kempo School of Martial Arts in 2010 and earned his Black Belt in 2017.

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Assistant Instructor

Will Lagrone



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