My life has been changed for the better since I began my training at the A.C.K. Institute of Martial Arts. Without going into great detail of personal life experiences I would like to begin by saying I was an upset, sadden, angry, and at times confused individual doing the best I could to struggle to survive day to day, until........I found the A.C.K. It was here that for the first time, throughout all my seeking for answers and understanding of why certain "things" happen or how to get through great tragedy,I found true "tools" to put towards life. From extreme situations to everyday difficulties we (the students) are given physical, mental, and spiritual training and knowledge on how to operate in a higher state as a warrior/sage. We learn to be honorable and strong, to help those who cannot help themselves, and to be the best human beings we can be, these are just a few of the attributes instilled in us through training. This school is the most unique martial arts training that I have ever come across. It is where tradition (that comes from 2,000 years of passed down knowledge, back to the shaolin temple) meets technology (a style that has been updated and modernized for today's applications in society). It is unlike any other training that you will come acroos. In my opinion most schools focus on the physical application of the martial arts; where as, this school ( the A.C.K.) focuses on the full spectrum of the martail arts. Which is the physical, mental, and spiritual (not religous) teachings and interstingly enough this is exactly what makes up the human being as we know it; therefore, the complete package of martial arts meets the complete package of each student. I also appreciate the private lessons in addition to group classes, this allows me to learn at my speed, in the way that I comprehend (since all people learn in differnt ways), and I have the freedom to ask questions in regards to the material so that I get a full understanding in what's being taught. In conclusion, my life has been changed in the following ways I am happy when difficulties occur knowing that I can handle it with the tools and support of my brohterhood in my corner, I have more compassion for society (instead of anger), I feel safe where ever I go even if I'm alone (which for a woment in today's society says a lot), and I know my journey in life is only going to get better simply because the training is always getting better. Thank God for the martial arts, especially for the brotherhood at the A.C.K. Institute of Martial Arts. It has changed, for the better, the lives of many and in my belief one day it will truely change the world as we know it. Good will always prevail over evil through right and honorable actions that should be instilled in all teachings within the martial arts. So I leave you with this......Choose your school wisely and know the lineage from whom you are taught by. It's more important than you may realize. For a full understading and a quick educational lesson of the martial arts you should check out the FREE Lecture given at this school, it will help you make an educated decision in finding the best place that is suitable for you. Sincerly, Kimberly T.
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I´ve and studied under Shidoshi Wiberly more tha a decade. I started back in 1995 while living in Los Angeles and continued to train while living abroad in Mexico City, traveling back and forth from Mexico to L.A. He even gave me lessons through phone while preparing myself for my Brown Belt test! And that, I´m proud to say, was a unique and very interesting experience, that I certainly treasure. I can only say that his knowledge of the Martial Arts is truly extraordinary. He´s been my spiritual mentor and guide for 14 years , and his teachings have helped me to overcome, not only the obvious aspects of street violence, but the more subtle difficulties of everyday life, which can be just as difficult and demanding. Shidoshi Wimberly will not only teach you the physical aspects of Chinese Kenpo, a truly devastating, brutal and effective self defense system, but you will also learn about the advanced mental and spiritual (Alas! Not religious) aspects of the Martial Arts trough a rigorous but otherwise fun and enlightening training program. At the ACK you´ll learn not to defend yourself through already proven combat techniques, you´ and sparring sessions, you´ll also learn an array of kicks, punches and katas....but also to grow as an individual and to become a much better person, which is the true goal of the Martial Arts. People say that "Any bloody fool can pull a trigger", and in some instances that can also be said of many, so called "martial arts schools", where they only only teach people how to beat the opponent to a pulp, no philosophy, no respect, and with the proper training anyone can learn how to kick or punch effectively...Ah! But to actually become a true Warrior-Sage, that´s another different matter entirely. At the ACK, Shidoshi Wimberly will share with you his more than 40 years of experience, and if you truly embrace the Martial Way and immerse yourself into his wonderful and eye-opening teachings, you will truly be amazed of what you will be able to accomplish, in the Martial Arts and in your personal life as well. And if that´s what you´re looking for, learning the true essence of Budo, the Martial way, then by all means join the ACK! I can assure you that you won´t be disappointed, at all. Alejandro Vargas-Lugo.
In just over a year at the ACK I've received thorough training from a number of highly qualified, dedicated and helpful instructors. Although I'm still learning the basics and have hardly plumbed the depths of the school's offerings, I'm very impressed with the level of instruction and the sense of community fostered at the ACK. Additionally, in speaking with students of higher belt levels, I have consistently met with praise for the school's more advanced instruction. I would strongly recommend the ACK to anyone interested in the martial arts!