"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 25 years.  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.

For children, sometimes managing relationships at school can be overwhelming.  There are so many kids and different personalities.  Having our classes split by age and in small groups allows kids the opportunity to learn how to manage relationships in a smaller setting.  

They learn how to be respectful, and how to be respected.

They learn how to be considerate and how is feels to have peers be thoughtful of them.

These skills help them learn how it feels to be part of a team, a community and they are able to learn how to trust and be trusted.

These are the things all relationships in life are built on and more importantly, Jim holds them accountable for these things and to The Student Creed.

Soon behavior issues like lack of focus and anger can begin to be worked on and will improve.

For people of all ages, martial arts is a way of life;  being aware of your surroundings, learning what escalates situations, how to deescalate situations, hoping you never have to use it but being prepared for the day you do!