Martial Arts


Shaolin Kempo Karate is a system of self defense programs combining the three arts of Shaolin Kung Fu, Karate, and Jiu Jitsu. This
combination has literally been labeled by some as, the most effective martial art today.

Below is a breakdown of what each system has to offer in terms of martial ability, body and spiritual development.

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Karate is a system of self defense that originated in Okinawa. Like other arts of is time it has a strong focus on high kicks, linear conditioning. Most of its focus in terms of self defense is the idea of finish the assault with one blow. Making this possible, the Karate student, had to endure long hours of training and dedication.

Shaolin Kung Fu

Shaolin Kung Fu by many is where all forms of martial arts first developed. Originally developed in China and was designed for internal and external exercise to help better the health and minds of the Buddhist Monks. Kung Fu over the centuries slowly evolved into a system of self defense based on the everyday movements of animals and how they made there place in their environment. Each animal has it’s own place and own way of survival. The animals bring a variety of movements, to not only enhance defensive skills, but develop health and flexibility as well. Kung Fu uses on a lot of quick hand movements and circular strikes. It focuses on defense with the hands and low kicks and relies on internal energy instead of brute force. The original five animals are the Tiger, Snake, Crane, Dragon, Leopard. This system of self defense makes it easier for those who find it difficult to utilize high kicks and want to focus on the healing effect of the martial arts.

Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu translated as “gentle art” was developed in Japan and consist of wrist and joint lock manipulation, pressure point striking, and body throws. This system of self defense gives the weaker opponent the ability to overcome the bigger more stronger opponent with out the need of superior strength. It was designed to take the opponents own strength and to use it against them. This allows one to defend them self without the need to punch or kick the opponent and defend without inflicting permanent damage. This is what makes Jiu-Jitsu essential for a well rounded martial artist or someone simply interested in self-defense.

Cardio Kickboxing

Shaolin Kempo School Of Martial Arts prides itself on having a top kickboxing program in Shepherdsville, KY. Our highly experienced instructors are qualified to teach students of all ages and know how to demonstrate the proper techniques safely. We maintain a positive atmosphere that encourages students to form positive relationships with one another.


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