Rich,

 

I again want to thank you for making out to my school in Fresno.  Its been over a week and the buzz is still in air about you coming out and teaching.  I have had many positive responses both from the students and their family and friends.

 

One of my younger boys still comments on how every time you punched you made that snapping sound, way to cool in his world.

 

Again thanks for your desire to keep our love of Kenpo burning, and I look forward to August when you come out again.

 

Sensei Fred Bell

Fresno, CA

Dear Rich,

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to come to the school and work with the Kenpo students.  Everyone really enjoyed your seminar and they were all so excited.

 

Thanks too for your words of wisdom.

 

Diane Reeve

Plano, TX

Mr. Hale,

 

This was my first ever seminar.  I am a beginner Kenpo student with the rank of Yellow belt at Texas Storm Kenpo under Mr. Bill Piper.  I would like to start by saying that the Plano seminar far exceeded my expectations and I was able to walk away with so much information.  Mr. Hale and Mr. Tabatabai were so kind and down to earth I felt at ease right away.

 

The most memorable part of the seminar that I feel will help my Kenpo was the critical timing aspect that is in our techniques.  I first learned about the art of Kenpo back in 2000 when a friend from work spoke about his training, so I went to his studio to check it out, and right away I knew I wanted to learn so I joined Mr. Keith Gorham's Kenpo program.

 

I earned the rank of Yellow belt with Mr. Gorham, but at the time, and I did not know this until later, but I was not yet ready in my life to commit to the art of Kenpo and I did not stick with it.  It wasn't until December this past year that I was able to reconnect with Kenpo through Mr. Piper and now I feel I am ready for the journey through Kenpo.

 

Jessie Johnson

Fort Worth, TX

Mr. Hale,

 

I had an awesome time with you and Mr. Tabatabai at the seminar held at Vision Martial Arts Center in June.  The training was exciting and packed full of techniques and detailed explanations.  I know all of the students from VMAC that were able to be there were thoroughly impressed and glad they had an opportunity to learn from the best.

 

I look forward to participating in your next seminar when you return.

 

Thank you for all your efforts in passing along Ed Parker’s Kenpo.

 

Denny Kalgren

Plano, TX

Fellow Kenpoists,

 

I felt compelled to share my experience after attending a recent Rich Hale seminar.

 

I was immediately impressed by Mr. Hale's attention to detail, his friendly demeanor, enthusiasm and his love of Kenpo.  His understanding of the art, "the why's", the concepts and principles, his ability to execute the movements/skill level, his understanding of Kenpo terms, and his ability to teach the information has seemed to me a rare thing to find.

 

The meat of the class was helping us to find the concepts and principles, to study these things through our movements, understand the intended lesson of the techniques, the essential details were covered clearly.  It was a very enlightening experience, to say the least, I look forward to the next time.

 

Chuck Bradshaw

Fort Collins, CO

Mr. Hale,

 

Thank you for another greatly enjoyable and informative night of Kenpo theory and practice in Texas.  I have two quotes above my desk which read: "Don't be discouraged.  Remember, to begin anything is usually to begin it badly." and, "Nothing Exceptional was ever done on the first try."

 

As Kenpo is a lifelong journey and as the saying goes that up to Black Belt you're learning to begin and then as a Black Belt you're beginning to learn.  We're blessed in having so many truly great instructors to show us the way and help in developing us the students, both proper technique, and knowledge.  Some instructors, however, go that step and beyond showing proper attitude and humility.  In addition to that there are those who lead by example.

 

Sir, in all aspects you are a leader among leaders.  I always enjoy being a part of your class, as you remind us that we must keep trying far past the first try until we can become our personal best, and not to quit or be discouraged if whenever learning a new skill we're awkward until we follow the great example you have set and just keep trying and improve along our Kenpo journey.

 

Clint Flora

Watauga, TX

Fellow Kenpoists,

 

Rich Hale is one of the truly nicest individuals out there today teaching and perpetuating Kenpo Karate. He is one of the most dynamic instructors I have ever had the pleasure of working on the mat with.

 

Mr. Hale made all my students young and older feel like they could learn, understand and do Kenpo, teaching by principles of motion and great physical examples so everyone could understand.

 

Thanks Rich for an enlightening experience!

 

Sifu Oscar Steele

Coppell, TX

Fellow Kenpoists,

 

The recent Seminar in Grand Junction, Colorado during the Thanksgiving Holiday added a big boost to our newly opened school for Grand Valley Kenpo Karate.

 

I am especially pleased to be a part of Mr. Hale's Ohana Kenpo Karate Association. I am encouraged by the Healing and Unification energy that is provided for all the Kenpo Family.

 

Our Community is richer because of the positive energy that was shared. Thanks Mr. Hale

 

Doug Schwinn

Grand Junction, CO

Mr. Hale,

 

My name is Tony Aprea I was the LARGE orange belt that dummied for you a couple of times at Mr. Kelley's school.

 

I just wanted to say thank you again for coming to our school and sharing your gift with us, you are a TRUE kenpoist.

 

Can't wait till Febuary to see you again. I know I still have a long road ahead of me in kenpo, but people like you and Mr. Kelley give us all hope and inspiration to continue to train and learn this incredible art.  Much Respect,

 

Tony Aprea

Lake Worth, FL

Mr. Hale

 

I would definitely like to express how glad I am to have had the opportunity to work with you during your seminar visit. Your approach stands at the top of a list of instruction - including special military and executive protection training that I have had the opportunity to receive during my lifetime.

 

Your knowledge of body mechanics, combined with your life experiences, made for positive growth in my thinking and action. True Kenpo is an expressive fluidity and physical harmony in defense/ offense that was beautifully expressed along with your ability to transfer years of experience and technique into simple concepts that any thinking person could comprehend, and more importantly, immediately apply.

 

In addition, your command presence and speaking style kept me focused the entire long day; this has compelled me to recommend your instruction and seminar to all my associates. With much appreciation and respect.

 

David Becket

Torrance, CA

Mr Hale,

 

I was priveleged to attend your seminar this last weekend in Grand Junction. I come in expecting to learn some advanced techniques and maybe some ways to improve power, maneuvering, balance, accuracy which I did, but what I didn't expect was to watch a whirlwind of passion and emotion and a true love for Kenpo. I am new to the art of Kenpo and was exited from go, but to see such a devoted practitioner sharing their wealth of knowledge leaving nothing out was inspiring.

 

It was refreshing to see you not only impart your tremendous knowledge of Kenpo but show how it relates to, can be used with and parallels other arts. The demonstration of jui jitsu pulling gaurd with the explanation of why you would use a foot one one side and not the other reinforced the importance of a check not just for defense but for reducing or eliminating the use of a weapon. The fact that another art is using the same standard principal we use in Kenpo validates it's importance. This type of understanding is what sets you apart from many of the Kenpoists teaching and practicing today and makes you the outstanding resource for all things Kenpo that you are.

 

My excitement for Kenpo has stepped up yet another notch and I look forward to your next visit, I hope it's soon!

 

Ed Fredrick

Grand Junction, CO

Fellow Kenpoists,

 

I had the opportunity to attend Mr. Rich Hales Seminar at the Grand Valley Kenpo Karate School in Grand Junction, Colorado. I was very impressed with his abilities as a teacher and instructor of Ed Parker American Kenpo Karate.

 

I would gladly attend and promote any Rich Hale Kenpo seminar. Thank you so much Mr. Hale for your help and instruction and certification in the art of Ed Parker Kenpo Karate. Glad to also be a member of your  Ohana Kenpo Karate Association.

 

David Stone

Orem, UT

Hey Rich!,

 

Thanks again for making the effort to come up to my humble school.  Not to mention, sharing your vast knowledge, experience, and wonderful stories in the art we love.  We were all very impressed!  It was a rare pleasure to have you in house, and on deck no less!

 

Your generosity of time, and gifts to me personally, were over the top Rich Hale!  I so appreciate you, and the awesome art work you gave me!  I have hosted many seminars over the years Rich, with high ranking, great instructors, none have equaled your out of the blue, totally spontaneous generosity.  You have my deepest respect and gratitude...

 

I am in your debt Sir, if I can ever be of service, please don't hesitate to ask.  I look forward to continued collaboration in the years to come...

 

Chris Wiedmann

Santa Barbara, CA

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