Pallen’s Martial Arts Association History
Pallen’s Martial Arts began in Oakland, CA in 1968. As we celebrated over 40 years, we look back and saw a karate school which not only grew, but evolved as well. In the beginning we were Pallen’s Kenpo Karate and taught traditional Kenpo only. In the 70’s, we expanded to Kajukenbo which incorporates traditional karate, judo, kenpo and chinese boxing (kung fu). Kajukenbo is a balanced martial art using both hand and foot techniques, mat work (including throws, rolls, and falls), traditional forms, as well as the art of self-defense through punching attack & grab art defenses. In the 80’s, we added the Philippine Martial Art in our curriculum; which the Pallens are one of the first martial arts schools to practice in the United States. In the the 90’s, Tae Kwon Do was incorporated within our system, which enhanced our flexibility and usage of our legs. Coming into the 21st century, we added Cardio Kickboxing, which provides the high impact cardiovascular benefits of the martial arts. We continue to evolve by implementing Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which is very effective and in demand, due to the popularity of the growing sport of MMA. The Pallen Family is proud to offer you this unique martial arts program and share our diverse accumulation of knowledge.
Character Building Program
Our staff of black belt instructors, along with qualified assistants, are here to guide you toward greater self-confidence and discipline as you improve your coordination, balance, flexibility and strength. Our program will help you develop cardiovascular fitness, muscle tone, increased confidence, mental discipline, self-defense abilities and more. At the beginning level, we stress the building of a good character and citizenship, the ability to set and attain goals, and the importance of respect. All this is taught while teaching the basic foundation of martial arts. Our main goal is to enhance your self-esteem and character. At the same time you will develop a sense of respect for others, for authority and most importantly; themselves.