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How is KAPAP different from other Martial Arts?

KAPAP is not a traditional martial art. No katas. No rituals. No nonsense. Based on simple principles and instinctive movements, this reality-based system is designed to teach real self-defense in the shortest possible time. You'll learn to defend against common chokes and grabs from all angles, punches and kicks, and weapons such as guns, knives, and sticks. Just as important, KAPAP will teach you to function under stress, shock and adrenaline rush of a sudden, violent encounter. Tested on the battlefield and in today's streets, KAPAP's practical approach to self-defense will make you safer and more secure. And believe it or not, you'll have so much fun working out; you won't be able to wait for your next class!
What are the benefits for me?
1. Awareness
Students of KAPAP use basic moves in various combinations to fend off violent attacks. This means that students adjust to new situations through improvisation, an important and unique feature of this style. This requires using the head as well as the body, and thus KAPAP addresses the thought process as well as the physical action.

2. Confidence
Improvisation also allows for limitations in physical abilities. Not everyone can bring his or her leg up to a 180 degree angle, and thus the system is geared towards the average person. Students are taught a variety of possible defensive reactions for each possible attack situation, building upon an actual framework of useable techniques. They are then encouraged to utilize the responses that are appropriate to their capabilities. This allows the student to develop a sense of confidence in their abilities.

3. Physical Fitness
Because physical fitness is closely interwoven into the system, the workout includes a number of cardiovascular and strength building exercises, as well as stretching to increase flexibility. Emphasis is put on speed, endurance, strength, accuracy and coordination, especially for intensive KAPAP training.
KAPAP is a style benefiting both the individual who seeks serious Self-Defense training as well as the practitioner seeking to round out prior martial art knowledge. It is a style that proves most effective against any type of assault.
What if I have/have not taken martial arts before?
For many people, KAPAP is their first experience in martial arts. However, we also have many students who come to train with us and have numerous years of experience in other systems. In fact, most KAPAP instructors have years of training in a variety of systems. Therefore, KAPAP has proven to be a very open system and welcomes all who wish to participate, regardless of background.
How long will it take for me to become proficient in KAPAP?
KAPAP, unlike many other martial arts, is a very fast-progressing system. Part of its design was driven by the need to train people very quickly and very efficiently. Consequently, it typically takes a person of average physical ability perhaps only several weeks before progress is achieved and noticeable.
How safe is KAPAP? Do I risk getting hurt?
KAPAP is as safe as any other martial arts form.  KAPAP's first principle is safety, safety, safety.  Classes are typically small and tightly controlled. The chances of being injured during a class are as remote and even less than for any other sport. The chances of someone attacking you and being injured, however, are extremely high.
Can my children take KAPAP?
Children ages 7-12 will love our kids’ program. While the key for them is FUN, we want parents to see that they're receiving invaluable lessons to help them learn, get along with others and achieve success for the rest of their lives. We teach the same character building lessons one should expect from a good traditional martial arts school: respect, self-control, discipline, confidence, concentration and focus. However, we don't fool around when it comes to self defense. While we give them the tools and tricks to deal with annoying bullies, we also give them the knowledge and awareness skills to save themselves from much more serious problems like abduction. We take care not to frighten them while educating about the dangers of the world, and we don't break their spirit with overly militaristic teaching. Sensitivity to the personality of each child is required to motivate them to become their best. We make sure they understand when it is appropriate to use their techniques, emphasizing peaceful resolutions to conflict.

More than ever, children need to have opportunities to be active; our unique cross-training not only holds their interest, but also increases their strength, endurance and flexibility. They'll learn to defend against common grabs, holds, and strikes and they'll have fun doing it!

Beyond the self defense and physical fitness components, parents notice a positive shift in their child's attitude. Our training program improves your child's overall motor skills such as agility, coordination and balance. As these skills improve, so do your child's confidence, focus and self esteem. Our self defense training won't make your children more prone to violence - it'll give them the confidence to avoid aggression in themselves and others.
What should I wear? Do I have to buy special equipment or clothes?
Unlike other martial art forms, there is no imposed uniform for KAPAP. Track suits or jeans and a comfortable t-shirt are typically sufficient. For boxing, gloves and wrist wraps are required. We do require that you bring body protection (groin protection for men) to each class.
Is there a Tournament Competition for KAPAP like other Martial Arts?
KAPAP does have a colour belt system of advancement and recognition of expertise. There are no competition events for KAPAP like there is for other martial arts. Similarly, there are no katas in KAPAP. Each belt colour carries with it various techniques that must be performed in a testing environment. One may or may not desire to even test. There are no such obligations in KAPAP.
Am I limited in the number of classes I can attend each week?
No, members can train as often as they wish.
Do you sell training clothes and gear?
During each session, we take orders for official KAPAP wear and gear for our students.
How long are the classes?
The classes are 1 hour long.
Do you teach ground fighting?
Yes, we understand the need to defend ourselves in the event we go to the ground. However, we always look to get up as soon as possible.
How do I get started?
Drop by our facilities during any normal class times, (see our schedule) during a training session, and there will be someone there to speak with you. If you can't stop by, give us a call.
What if I am not sure about joining a class?
You are always welcome and encouraged to sit-in on a class to determine for yourself if KAPAP is right for you. There is no obligation whatsoever. Call us to set up a convenient time for you to explore KAPAP.
I want to spar. Is that available?
Absolutely. Our continuing students participate in the intermediate/advanced level classes which include sparring (with gloves and full head protection) and grappling. In these classes, you'll test your combative skills with a partner who's trying to do the same. Student safety is always emphasized. These classes require attending at least one previous 8 week session of regular KAPAP training and the permission of the instructor to participate.
I don't want to spar. Will I be forced to?
No. Sparring is conducted in the special optional Fight Class described above. In KAPAP it is not necessary to be good at sparring to learn to defend yourself. Remember, in self defense there are no rules. In sparring, some rules must be imposed to maintain student safety. While sparring may help you become a more proficient, coordinated fighter, it is not required.
I am a small person with little strength. How can KAPAP help me?
KAPAP was designed to benefit the average person. The system is not about sheer strength or power. As a matter of fact one of the basic principles of KAPAP is that one should not oppose power with power. Rather, KAPAP blends a combination of physical skill with mental self-defense determination. Consequently, KAPAP is more accessible to more people of either sex, shape or size than many other martial art forms.
My spouse and I both want to take KAPAP. Can we take classes as a couple?
Why not? What better way to ensure that your better half is as prepared to face an attacker as you are? As an added bonus you are guaranteed a workout and training partner in your house as well.