Papa George Lim developed Lim Kenpo to teach students the cornerstone values - discipline, respect, honor, compassion, focus, self-confidence and fortitude - necessary to live a healthy and active life.

A main focus of Lim Kenpo self-defense classes is strengthening the connection between Body and Mind, which is important for martial arts, but also life in general.


Training refreshes, energizes, and improves the mind’s focus. By practicing traditional etiquette, emphasizing the importance of respect, and encouraging improvement through positive motivation, we learn:
  • Stress management
  • Confidence
  • Perseverance
  • Self control
  • Determination
  • Self discipline


We condition our bodies and learn to control our strength and speed, move with agility and strike with power. The techniques used during training work to improve:
  • Physical power
  • Reflexes and coordination
  • Strength and stamina
  • Flexibility
  • Cardio fitness
  • Balance

The connection

Through regular and disciplined martial training, we face our limitations, hone our ability to overcome obstacles, and learn to react, without having to think, to protect ourselves and loved ones in dangerous situations. All aspects of our training are focused on honing body, mind and spirit.

Self Defense Classes

Self defense demo

Self defense demo

Have you ever been bullied? Attacked? Have you been screamed at or struck? Learning and practicing self defense techniques helps us become more alert and better conditioned in mind and body, able to react and adapt to physical threats, as well as the various challenges life throws at us.

An attack or dangerous situation - and the pain and fear that can often come with it - induces stress and our natural 'fight or flight' response, which inhibits clear thinking and motor skills.

Kyoshi Coree teaches

Professor Coree teaches

Whether on the street, in school, or in the office, often there is little or no time to think about what to do, only time to react. To maintain focus and be effective, we must condition our minds to be alert, anticipate, and think clearly, and our bodies to react quickly and effectively.

Our self defense classes include training in multiple methods of evasion, blocks, strikes, stances, holds, and takedowns to quickly and effectively defend against attack and neutralize a threat to enable escape.

Your weapons of defense are your mind and body. When our bodies and minds are in sync, we radiate a powerful energy that others can see and feel. It’s a confidence that says you will not be a victim. - Prof. Coree


Students practice kata in and out of class

Students practice kata in and out of class

To a casual observer, the kata appears to be a graceful dance – each movement is precise and executed with impeccable timing. This form of training is visually beautiful, but it is also an important a part of learning self defense.

How kata is used in class
Practicing kata helps martial arts students establish a solid base for self-defense techniques. Katas are executed against imaginary opponents to improve form, accuracy, balance, fluidity, stamina, concentration and focus. Each kata will incorporate a number of steps – specific movements include a variety of stances, blocks, strikes, kicks, and trapping techniques.


The primary goal of sparring is to test the effectiveness of a student’s techniques against a live opponent.

This type of training provides a safe forum for students to exercise and improve their martial arts technique in a competitive, respectful environment. Sparring can build confidence and character while teaching basic technique application. It also gives the instructor the chance to observe the student’s temperament and level of self-control before proceeding with more serious levels of training.


Breaking is the only training technique that allows a martial arts practitioner to apply the full power of their technique, assess the force of their strikes, and measure the ability of the mind and body to overcome.

A martial artist uses a striking surface (a part of their body) to break one or more concrete bricks using the skills they have perfected in their training. The striking surface can be a hand, elbow, knuckles, or forearm.


Prof. and Head Inst. perform a katana form

Prof. and Head Inst. perform a katana form

The weapons of the martial arts have a rich history. Some weapons were designed for and used by the warrior class and others were developed out of necessity and used by peasants.

Some of the weapons used in our training include:

  • Staff
  • Kama
  • Sai
  • Katana
  • Kahoy
  • Everyday objects