Kenpo 5.0 is a comprehensive mixed martial art system focused on self defense and designed with one purpose in mind – you are your welfare.

Kenpo provides a strong integrated syllabus for adults and children. The depth of knowledge within the system means that the learning never stops for the student. We teach Kenpo 5.0 to all ages and levels of physical ability.

Kenpo is a self defense system first and foremost. We focus on street wise self defense, teaching each individual to utilize their own body structure to be as an effective weapon as possible. Kenpo employs the use of concepts and principles of motion such as physics, geometry and mathematics to assist with learning the system.

We encourage an environment of mutual respect. Self esteem develops in students as they gain self confidence in their strengths and abilities. Team work and discipline are central to the ‘Kenpo’ family.

We welcome you to watch or take a class yourself to see what this exciting practical martial art has to offer.

Welcome to Kenpo 5.0 Karate   Welcome to Kenpo 5.0 Karate


Jeff Speakman Kenpo 5.0 is a highly effective Mixed Martial Art (MMA) combining American Kenpo Karate with elements of grappling and ground fighting into a formidable self defense system.

This system was developed by Mr Jeff Speakman (taught by Senior Grand Master Mr Ed Parker) and Mr Trevor Sherman (senior student of Mr Speakman and experienced ground fighter) in response to the changing style of street fighting. What Kenpo needed was an effective ground fighting module to be incorporated into the original art form. Kenpo 5.0 was born.

This exciting new system allows the students to develop within the mind, body and spirit paradigm of a true martial fighter.


A native born son to the city of Chicago Illinois Jeff started his athletic career very early in life. During his college years Jeff began his martial arts career by earning a black belt in Japanese Goju-Ryu Karate from the legendary master Lou Angel in 1980... Read full biography of Jeff Speakman..


After all these years and many experiences in the martial arts this is the first article I have ever written myself. Not because I didn’t have anything to say, but because any time I came up with a concept I always thought that there was so much more to do and learn before I could bring some kind of closure to the idea. Well, that finally happened during the week of August 22nd 2005 when I was invited by the Chinese government to participate in the first international forum on martial arts... Read more about Kenpo history.


The kids karate program is tailor made for the needs of children and teens.

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While self defense is central to the programme, other skills such as co–ordination, speed, discipline, respect and team building are developed by the student. Safety and awareness skills are taught so the students know how to react in any situation.

Classes are conducted in a fun environment, while at the same time promoting discipline and respect at all times. Instructors use positive reinforcement with the children and are always available to answer questions.

Like you, we want our students to be the best they can be.


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