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What is the Maryland Professional Karate Association?
In September 1967, Mr. David Grosscup joined the Defenders Club and the Chin-Na Federation, starting his initial training in the Martial Arts. Later in that same year, he joined the International Kenpo Karate Association. On May 7, 1971, Mr. Grosscup received his first of three Black Belts, from Mr. Rix, in the art of Chin-Na. His second Black Belt was awarded on May 12, 1972, by Grandmasters Parker and Kleimisch in the art of American Kenpo. On June 28, 1973, Mr. Grosscup was awarded a 2nd Degree Black Belt in the art of Mu Du Kwon from Grandmaster Conde. In 1971, Mr. Grosscup opened his first studio in Baltimore City, and incorporated as Yin-Chuan Karate Inc. by 1973. The program continued to expand as Mr. Grosscup's students began teaching at community centers, health clubs, and recreation centers. The main studio was created in 1979, in Dundalk. In 1984, the organization was incorporated as Maryland Professional Karate Association. Mr. Grosscup was awarded his 10th Degree Black Belt on October 14, 2001 from Dr. David Rix, The American Chin-na Association, and the North American Black Belt Sokeship Council. Soke Grosscup has been inducted into martial arts halls of fame in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey, and Maryland. On November 19, 2000 Professor Grosscup was inducted into the Dundalk Sportsman's Hall of Fame.
What Is Karate?
Karate, like other martial arts, is the study of self-defense. There are literally dozens of styles of martial arts, each having a different cultural influence from it's country of origin. Some examples are Mu Du Kwon from Korea and Kung-fu from China.
What Style Does MPKA Teach?
The predominant style that MPKA instructors teach is Kenpo. However, in the study of MPKA's karate, there is also Judo, Jujitsu, Mu Du Kwon and Chin-Na and Grappling.
What Are The Ranks?
There are two rank structures, one for children and one for adults. The adult ranking is: White, Advanced White, Yellow, Orange, Purple, Blue, Green, Brown & Black. The children's ranking is White, Advanced White, Yellow, Orange, Purple, Blue, Red, Green, Brown & Black. There are age requirements for the children's ranks.
How Long Does It Take?
The study of karate is self-paced, and moving through the ranks depends on individual effort. The average time to make Black Belt ranking is about 5 years, while attending at least 2 classes a week.
When Are The Classes?
Classes at the Dundalk Dojo (Main School) are weekdays, Monday through Thursday, with separate classes for adults, children and advanced ranks. Thursday classes is family night where parents can take classes with their children. Other locations usually offer 2 or more classes a week. Check with the location nearest you for a schedule of classes.
The Study Of Karate Safe?
The study of karate, like any other sport or physical activity, is not without risks. However, care is taken to insure that proper safety precautions are implemented during routine instruction. During free sparring sessions, all safety equipment is utilized, and each session is under the direction of an instructor.
What Does It Cost?
Each location has a different price structure, which is determined by the center where the class are held. At the Main School, the cost is $60.00 per month per student. Family rates are available. There are no contracts. As one grows in rank, certain equipment is required and can be purchased through the school.
What Are The Benefits?
The health benefits from the study of karate are obvious, as in any physical training program. Karate can enhance ones' confidence to handle handle stressful situations. In children, most parents notice a change in self-discipline and respect towards others.
What About Competition?
The MPKA holds three local tournaments a year. These tournaments are invitational, and are open only to schools that are known to the MPKA. This gives competitors a chance to compete on a much smaller, personal scale than some of the bigger nationally rated tournaments. MPKA believes that this helps to build confidence in one's self while building public performance experience.
Do You Have Other Questions?
Note: Prices and information are subject to change and are listed here as an aid for decision making by the potential student.
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