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Teaching Philosophy

Donnie has been teaching Kenpō since 2006 and opened the Shaolin American Self-Defense Academy in 2011. At SASDA, Sensei Donnie merges street-fighting styles with traditional American Kenpō and classical Shaolin principles to provide his students with a uniquely effective approach to martial arts that adapts to each student's body type and personality.

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Words from Lucas

"Martial Arts is a platform for a person to explore the mind, body, and spirit. I feel that these 3 human elements should be explored equally to develop a complete martial arts package. My intention in teaching is to activate the martial artist mindset and to focus on reaction and effectiveness while training. A good martial artist is lazy; they do not waste energy on unnecessary movement."

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Words from Jared

"As I progress through my own martial arts journey, I hope to spread my knowledge and love of the art to each student as they find their own path. In an art where mind, body and spirit come together as one, each student has the opportunity to make this art their own."

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Words from Alex

"Advancing up through our system, as well as teaching and watching my peers learn and grow, has shown me what a great gift it is to achieve something through focused practice. Before finding the martial arts, I had trouble dedicating myself to anything that wasn't easy right away, but now I live for those moments where a confusing concept becomes clear and I have the chance to conquer new challenges!"

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Words from Andrea

"Studying the martial arts is a journey that you make on your own terms. Many of the core values I have found in karate such as focus, patience, and commitment, have reached all aspects of my life. It continually helps to create a healthy balance between mind, body, and spirit."