Karate (simply defined as “empty hand”) has been around for over 1500 years. With it's roots coming from the Far East, the Monks of China have been credited with refining this art as their form of self-defense.
Here in the United States, the popularity of all forms of Asian hand to hand combat soared in the 1950's, thanks to our WWII troops returning home from overseas.
Here in town, the Dedham Recreation Department and Sensei Brian Denton (27 years experience teaching) continue to offer their BD Kenpo/T-Jitsu Karate Program to the boys and girls, men and women of the area.
The year-round program, held each Monday evening at the Dolan Recreation Center, is entering it's sixth year.
Sensei Denton (7th degree black belt) is teamed up with Sensei Drew Mulvey (3rd degree black belt) and together they oversee almost 70 students each week.
The boys and girls are divided in to age appropriate groups – tots 4-6, youth 7-13, adult 13 and older – and are allowed to develop and progress at their own pace.
Classes consist of a combination of exercise, forms, defense and sparring. As their knowledge and ability grow, students move through the ranks, from a beginner white belt on towards everyone's dream of a black belt.
Thanks to the folks at NEKICK (Northeast Karate Instructors of Combat Kenpo) tournaments are offered, where our local martial artists can compete with their peers from surrounding communities.
Sensei Denton tells us his “motivation is to help young people who are studying Karate and to create an interest in those who are not.” His Kenpo style of Karate is used “to teach discipline, confidence, and a competitive spirit.”
Sensei Drew Mulvey is “proud of the quality instruction offered at the Recreation Center” and has seen hundreds of children pass before him – including his own son and daughter.
For further info on this and other programs offered by the Dedham Recreation Department, please call them at 781-751-9250 or check them out online.