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Instructor Alan Creech explains
a technique to a student.

The Benefits of Martial Arts

Lifelong Physical Fitness

For many people, martial arts is more than a hobby or an exercise routine—it's a lifestyle. Levels of interest and commitment for many other sports and forms of exercise tend to wane after practitioners finish high school or college. With martial arts, however, it is common to find people still practicing well into their later years. Because there is so much to learn and explore, the study of martial arts is favorable to mature adults as well as young ones.

Mental Exercise

Martial arts isn't just good for the body—it's good for the mind. Traditional martial arts like Kempo tend to have long, rich histories attached to them, and there is always something new to learn. As well as being fantastic exercise, martial arts are a study in philosophy, anatomy, and physics. The study of martial arts can help practitioners develop critical thinking skills and strategies for better living.

Real World Skills

Knowing how to defend oneself against an attacker is undeniably practical, no matter who you are.

Furthermore, martial arts practice enables students to gain better control over their own bodies, which means that they are less likely to hurt themselves or others accidentally. Students become more aware of themselves, the space they occupy, and the space surrounding them, alerting them to potential dangers and enabling them to better protect themselves and others.


Many martial arts students report feelings of increased confidence after taking only a few classes. The combination of physical exercise and self-defense knowledge contribute to improved self-image and reduced anxiety when interacting with other people. If you need an edge that will help you succeed in your business and personal relationships, martial arts might be right for you!


Martial artists are some of the friendliest people you'll ever meet—it's a fact. When you're working together with a group of like-minded people towards a common goal, you're bound to find someone you can relate to. And the friendships formed in martial arts classes are unique because martial artists communicate so much through movement and contact. It's not uncommon for martial artists to meet best friends, significant others, or mentors in the classroom. It's an environment that promotes close relationships and social networking.


The Benefits of Our Class

Champaign-Urbana Kempo offers students all of the benefits listed above and more.

Complete Martial Arts Education

We offer a comprehensive curriculum that covers multiple principles of movement. Many other martial arts schools only cover one.

In other martial arts classes, you may learn how to strike or throw or use weapons, but in our class you will learn all of these things and more.

For an overview of the kinds of techniques you can learn, be sure to visit our Techniques page.

Affordable Price

We offer the same quality of self-defense education as the larger martial arts schools in the area at a fraction of the price.

At Champaign-Urbana Kempo, our focus is not to make a lot of money or to turn martial arts into a commercial operation. Rather, it is to share our knowledge of self-defense with our community, to help educate people so that they can protect themselves from harm.

For more details on pricing, email or call (217) 356-5265.

Safety First

We place a special emphasis on safety. In addition to his certification as a martial arts instructor, Alan Creech also works as a healthcare provider, and there has never been a serious injury in his class.