History of Kenpo Freestyle Logo
Kenpo Freestyle Academy, located in Sydney, was founded in 2000 by Matt Klein, now a 6th Degree black belt. It is based on American Kenpo Karate, with the addition of boxing, kickboxing, grappling, and additional weapons skills. It is the system under which all students of Australia’s Youth Self Defence Karate grade.
The logo was created in 2000 at the same time Kenpo Freestyle was founded. Many of my students have asked me what the graphic elements on the logo mean, so I have devoted this blog post to the explanation of the elements.
The Elements of the Logo
Like American Kenpo Karate, the main characters of the logo are the dragon and the tiger.
The Tiger–The tiger represents strength and determination. The tiger never fights unless it is cornered or if needed to eat for survival. When attacking, the tiger fights with a ferocity rarely matched in the animal kingdom. The student of Kenpo Freestyle fights in self defence only, but like the tiger, is able to be ferocious when the situation calls for it.
The Dragon–The dragon represents wisdom and flexibility. A mythical beast, the dragon can turn into any other creature. This means it can adapt to any circumstances. The dragon’s head is above the tiger’s on the logo, because although the tiger is strong and ferocious, the dragon combines this strength with wisdom. The student of Kenpo Freestyle is expected to become flexible and wise in time, and to use these qualities in a positive way to help others.
The Covered Fist–The covered fist means the student of Kenpo Freestyle has the ability to defend himself or herself, but chooses the path of non-violence.
The Yin/Yang–The Yin/Yang symbol means balance. You have day and night, strong and weak, hot and cold. All are necessary. This means the Kenpo Freestyle student must train hard, but get plenty of rest. You must do your best in karate, but realize that other things in life are important too, like family and school. You must build your body, but also develop your mind.
The Everlasting Flame of Knowledge–The everlasting flame symbolizes that learning is a life-long process and that we can never know everything. A black belt soon realizes that there is so much more to learn in the martial arts.
Students, wear your Kenpo Freestyle logo with pride and always remember what it represents.
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