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"A man who works with his hands is a laborer...

         A man who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman....

              A man who works with his hands, his head and his  heart is an artist."

-St. Francis of Assisi


Jim Gogolinski
has been training in the art of American Kenpo for over 30 years & teaching over 20. 
His focus is on using the art as intended, his teachings are not about "sport" they are about self defense, discipline, self control, perseverance, respect & integrity;
the teachings of the Principles of Black Belt.

  CODA Has Evolved......
We took a look at the realities of the evolution of issues our students will face and something struck hard. In today's modern world, the vast majority of fights, battles, encounters, etc. will be verbal in nature. Whether in a discussion about a grade or assignment in school or promotion at work, standing up for something they believe in, dealing with conflict online, or de-escalating a tense situation at home or in public, concise communication and the ability to think clearly and rationally will allow them to emerge victorious. The battles of today are being fought on many fronts and students (both young and old) need to be properly prepared to fight them. While some of this has always been around, I strongly believe that it has never been at this magnitude. There is so much conflict, hatred, and division, these are modern battles that cannot be ignored and have to be dealt with.
The modern threat landscape for our students has clearly evolved. Bullying and violence has not gone away (nor will it ever) and more and more we are seeing multiple attacker scenarios. Being able to de-escalate whenever possible is critical but so are proper skills when there is no other way out. Outside of those (hopefully) rare situations, the day to day struggles will be conquered with rational thought and clear and concise speech. It is the mission of CODA to impart these skills on our students, to prepare them for the vast array of modern challenges they will face.  To prepare them to be.....


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