The styles of Karate taught at The Academy of Brian Johnson are Kenpo Karate and Shito-Ryu Karate.
Kenpo Karate is a unique and versatile martial art- a system that utilized traditional and modern training methods. The Kenpo practitioner uses the rounded fluid motions of Chinese Kung Fu and the hard linear strikes of Japanese Karate to create self-defense techniques, form exercises and free-fighting combinations.
Shito-Ryu Karate is effectively a combination of Shotokan and Goju Ryu. Shito-Ryu emphasizes on long linear stances and physical power. Shito-Ryu is broad yet distinct from other styles.
Some 1500 years ago in the Hunan province of China, Shao-lin monks wanted to live in isolation, pursuing the peaceful teachings of Buddha. In order to protect their freedom in a land filled with violence, they developed a powerful system of self-preservation. This system was based on the avoidance of conflict and the cultivation of mind, body, and spirit.
Today Karate continues to fill a need in western society to combat stress and strengthen personal health and character.