Learn How. Ask Why.
Always Practice. Then Apply.
Have you noticed that most martial arts school websites rarely talk about the specific style they are teaching? Where Kleenex is to tissue, Karate has become the same as a generalization for martial arts. Yet there are still differences, and as someone who has also earned black belts in both Karate and Tae Kwon Do, I want to share with you what I love about Kenpo.
What sets Kenpo apart from other arts, is that it cultivates the critical thinker mentality. Every form taught in Kenpo is introduced both solo, done by yourself, and also as a series of practical self defense moves with attackers. Whether you are a kid or an adult, seeing how techniques actually work is something all ages enjoy.
In other styles I studied, that logic was either not taught at all, or we didn’t analyze the why until black belt. If you have ever had that light bulb moment of understanding, that is the magic of Kenpo. As you learn, the lightbulb is constantly being lit with that deeper understanding.
Fundamentals of Kenpo include an emphasis on no wasted movement and economy of motion. You will learn how to defend yourself against multiple attackers in real life situations. We focus on blocking and counterstrikes to vital organs & pressure points using linear and circular strikes with intermittent bursts of speed and power. In addition, Kenpo also works on your core strength, balance and endurance.
The Kenpo Creed
I come to you with only karate, empty hands. I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my principles or my honor, should it be a matter of life or death, right or wrong, then here are my weapons, karate, my empty hands.
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Instructor & Owner
Cat has been training in martial arts since 2000. She holds black belts in Karate (2004), Tae Kwon Do (2009) and Shaolin Kenpo (2016), and has also studied in American Kenpo, Small Circle Jujitsu and Iaido. She has been teaching for most of her martial arts career. In 2016, Cat moved to Austin, TX and founded Immortal Tiger in 2017. Prior to opening the dojo, the only Kenpo in the Austin area was American Kenpo, making Cat the first person to bring Shaolin Kenpo (Ralph Castro's branch) to Texas.
Cat Gurinsky's lineage:
---> the late Great Grand Master Ralph Castro
To this day, Cat continues to actively study both Shaolin Kenpo and Iaido (Japanese sword). Her parent dojo for Kenpo is Bill Grossman's School of Kenpo Karate in South San Francisco, CA where she trains directly under 9th degree Master Professor Bill Grossman and 8th degree Professor Pati Grossman. She flies back to the bay area a few times a year to work with Master Professor and continue advancing in rank and technical skills. Since April of 2020, Cat has also been joining their virtual black belt classes twice a week & receiving 1 hour private lessons virtually with Master Professor Bill Grossman.
Read more about Cat's background in the martial arts here: Cat's Martial Arts History