On Monday evening, our gelanggang was graced with the presence of the only Kenpo Instructor Certified in the Western Cape by the International Kenpo Karate Association (I.K.K.A) Nazeem Holmes. Holmes Kenpo Karate is currently the only International Certified Kenpo School in the Western Cape.
One of Mr Holmes' senior students is friends with one of the Pesilats, who requested permission to view our silat training. Upon their arrival, the silat session had just started, and the Kenpo master was then requested to share his knowledge of martial arts with the students. Mr Holmes comes across as a very humble yet knowledgeable man, with a great passion for teaching the martial arts as well as learning. After displaying some basic silat techniques to the guests, it was time to learn some kenpo.
Silat members were given a very brief and clear explanation of how kenpo works, which is mostly a street defense art. He also showed us some techniques using body mechanics and and attacks from various angles which could come as a surprise attack. Silat and Kenpo seems to share many underlying principles, yet differs in some regard. Mr Holmes also surprised us with his knowledge of Brazilian Jujitsu, and also holds an instructors certificate for this branch of knowledge.
The session ended with traditional Fatiha, and an invitation for us to visit his dojo, and share some silat knowledge with his students. It was indeed a great pleasure to have guests from another MA system sharing their knowledge with us. Find out more about Kenpo http://holmeskenpo.com/
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