Youth Five Animal Kenpo.
Each of the five animals are not only a method of self-defense but are a value lesson in the moral code of the art of Kenpo.
"Kenpo" translated means "Law of the Fist." Thus, each child in our program learns that every skill they learn is used only as a last resort for their self-defense. This respect for others and self-control and restraint is an important part of the development of our youth students.
The dragon is symbolic of wisdom. With wisdom we make good decisions that often allow us to avoid conflict completely.
The snake is confidence. It takes more confidence to walk away from the taunts of a bully then to allow insecurity to send you into a rage of poorly executed action.
The tiger stands for integrity. Peer pressure tries to bend us but with the power of honesty allows us to be true to ourselves and to our values.
The leopard represents respect. When you respect yourself and respect others than you are rarely in conflict with those around you.
The crane embodies humility. No matter what talents or skills we are blessed with or acquire, we understand that these gifts are for the benefit and not the harm of those around us.