Aaction Kenpo Karate of Springfield

Martial Arts in Springfield, MO for over 25 years!  We offer flexible, full-time schedules for children and adults with expert instructors. Lessons in self defense are tailored to the individual to create maximum benefit and to help you achieve your (or your family’s!) goals. We teach a unique, updated American martial arts system (Kenpo Karate) that meets the right balance between striking, grappling, and weapons training.

Confidence, discipline, and respect are a top priority.

Contact us today to begin an empowering journey in self-development through self-defense!

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Garry Avery

My son Ben and I have been with Aaction Kenpo Karate Studios for about 5 months now. By far one...
2015-05-18T22:40:11+00:00
My son Ben and I have been with Aaction Kenpo Karate Studios for about 5 months now. By far one of the best decisions that I ever made for both of us. Not only do the offer group classes, but best part of the program are the private lessons. All instructors are personable, and extremely knowledgeable about the art. I also recently purchased one of the home training DVD's and it has been a fantastic tool for our training. You really need to look no further if you're looking for a place to help create a better you. Really the hardest part about it is walking in the door the very first time, but we were both put at ease and all of our questions answered the very first visit. I walked out fully confident that I had found the right place to study. The only thing I regret is not starting it sooner.

Steve Bowlin

I am also someone who extensively investigated various martial arts studios in Springfield. However, I knew the first time I...
2015-05-18T22:21:19+00:00
I am also someone who extensively investigated various martial arts studios in Springfield. However, I knew the first time I met Mr. Retana that he was the teacher that I wanted in order to learn the "unique and powerful art" of Kenpo Karate.  I have not been disappointed. I have been a student at Aaction Kenpo Karate for just over a year. I look forward to going to each and every class and the learning opportunites provided. Between classes, I am able to continue my education because of the excellent DVD tapes available to be used at home. These have been  invaluable to my progress.  A word to the wise. Do not expect this to be one of those studios that takes your money and "gives" you a belt. Mr. Retana is exacting and meticulous. If you are not committed to the art and prepared to advance then you won't advance. Personally, this makes every advancement in degree and belt more satisfying and rewarding.

Jude Brummett

I absolutely love everything about this studio. The classes aren't too large, and they offer private lessons, which allows for...
2015-05-18T22:34:47+00:00
I absolutely love everything about this studio. The classes aren't too large, and they offer private lessons, which allows for more one on one time with the instructors to better improve your skills and knowledge. The instructors and everyone else who joins are all really friendly and actively participate in helping create a safe environment. The studio's flexible hours really help with my busy schedule and none of my time spent there is wasted. Compared to my previous experiences with different studios, Aaction Kenpo Karate Studios has better and more updated practices and techniques to better help with any real life situation in which you'd need self defense. I also really love it because just about anyone can do it, no matter what physical build, so I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good workout, a new hobby, and/or skills in self defense.

Bruce Lynn

After thoughtful consideration and researching all of the martial arts studios in Springfield, Aaction is in my estimation Springfield's premier...
2015-05-18T22:36:58+00:00
After thoughtful consideration and researching all of the martial arts studios in Springfield, Aaction is in my estimation Springfield's premier martial arts studio. This studio was started by Grand Master Jim Mitchell who studied with Grand Master Parker, the founder of American Kenpo Karate, in his home every week for over ten years.   Kenpo Karate combines the best of karate, kungfu, jiu-jitsu, and aikido, but is not static. One of the principles of Kenpo Karate is constant 'growth'. The constant analyzation of the fighting techniques by Grand Master Mitchell and Senior Professor Retana means that if something can be improved it will be. This art is not bound by blind acceptance of historical methods. When a truly better method is discovered it is incorporated into the current curriculum.  The current owner of the studio is Senior Professor and 7th degree black belt, Phil Retana. Mr. Retana is an excellent, patient instructor with over 20 years of experience in Kenpo. I would recommend Aaction and Mr. Retana to anyone who wants to learn Kenpo for the right reasons.

Dominic Moon

I have been studying Kenpo for more than 13 years, and have also attained black belts in two other systems,...
2015-05-18T22:38:56+00:00
I have been studying Kenpo for more than 13 years, and have also attained black belts in two other systems, while studying in Okinawa, Japan and Korea... Kenpo is definitely, without a doubt, the most comprehensive and effective system out there!!!  I have recently started taking advantage of the online Skype lessons now offered by Aaction Kenpo Karate Studios, and have been amazed at the quality of instruction I have received via this method. I am active duty military and as a result have been geographically removed from being able to attend classes in person for the past 10 years. When this program became available I jumped at the chance to train again under a qualified instructor. The level of attention to detail Mr. Retana is able to pick up on and address in these lessons continues to amaze me. In a very short time we have already been able to completely review the system up to my point, and start progressing further. These online lessons are a God-send, and worth every penny! These lessons combined with the home study DVD’s now being made available can teach you everything you need to know and more while in the comfort of your own home and on your own schedule. Anyone interested in starting to learn Kenpo or continuing their studies in this dynamic and powerful art should grab up these lessons while they can! There are only so many hours in the day, and as good as these lessons are I can’t imagine that they will not be filling up soon!!! Good luck in your studies, and thank you so much Mr. Retana for making these lessons available!!!