Welcome to Kennedy’s Freestyle Martial Arts.

 We are glad that you chose to stop by and check us out online. If you decide to join our club, you would gain the benefit of learning from some of the best instructors available, in our modern training facility. We work hard to maintain our skills by attending camps and seminars designed to keep us up to date on our material and teach us new skills to pass on to you. Every Kennedy's instructor takes pride in what they teach and will work with you to help achieve your goals.

What is Kennedy’s Freestyle Martial Arts

The beginning of a new era.

Kennedy’s FMA is an ongoing collection of life experiences, up to date application based practices and hours of intense research, training, competition and instruction.

Having studied the martial arts for most of his life, Sensei Johnny wanted to have a martial arts organization that was not limited by rules and regulations, but allowed its members to grow and develop individually without been dragged down by the political restrictions that have encompassed the martial arts for centuries.

 In 1994 Kennedy’s FMA training centre was born. This was one of the first independent martial arts clubs in the Christchurch that was not governed or controlled by anyone else but its’ members.

Our organization has now grown into one of the most recognized martial arts facilities throughout New Zealand and many parts of the world. We guarantee to give you the ultimate in martial arts training while maintaining a fun, friendly and safe training environment.

Benefits of Kennedy’s training

Karate training has many benefits:

Physical changes are usually the first to take place; more energy, increased strength and endurance and less stress that inevitably leads to increased confidence in yourself and your abilities.

You will also find your co-ordination, flexibility and overall self-image will improve when practicing martial arts.

 Through time and hard work you will learn, leadership skills, perseverance, failure, goal setting and accomplishment – vital tools to help you succeed in everyday life.

                          JOIN NOW! And reap the benefits Kennedy’s has to offer!

Kennedy’s FMA Affiliations

• Official registered club of Koryu Uchinadi
• Members of Zen Do Kai International – USA
• Members of Karate New Zealand (UNZKO)
• Affiliated to the Taekwondo Union of New Zealand (TUNZ)

Our motto;
                                      Virtue before Vice
                                    Values before Vanity
                            Principles before Personalities

Gradings

Having goals are an important part of life, it gives you purpose and a clear vision to strive for. We have a comprehensive training package that allows you to gauge your progression through a belt promotion program. Each level has a defined set of goals to challenge you both mentally and physically.

Belt Promotion Program

YELLOW BELT – Introduction to basic stand up skills including punching, kicking & defence.

ORANGE BELT – More advanced stand up skills focusing on correct form, technique, energy transfer and body movement.

PURPLE BELT – Advanced stand up skills including clinching, takedowns & joint manipulation techniques. First introduction to sparring - WKF style competition focusing on perfecting punching, kicking and defensive techniques in a safe controlled atmosphere.

BLUE BELT – Advanced stand up skills including more clinching, takedowns & joint manipulation techniques. WKF Style sparring and WTF style sparring introduced to give students experience with semi contact sparring in a controlled environment.

GREEN BELT – Stand up & basic ground fighting skills including throws, takedowns, joint manipulation, chokes & strangulations techniques. WKF sparring, WTF sparring & BJJ ground fighting to give the student a broad range of skills from stand up to ground competition. No striking on the ground.

RED BELT – Stand up & advanced ground fighting skills including throws, takedowns, joint manipulation, chokes & strangulations techniques. WKF sparring, WTF sparring & BJJ ground fighting to give the student a broad range of skills from stand up to ground competition. No striking on the ground.

BROWN BELT –  Advanced Stand up & ground fighting skills including throws, takedowns, joint manipulation, chokes & strangulations techniques. WKF sparring, WTF sparring,BJJ and Thai boxing giving the student the ultimate stand up experience of full contact sparring.

BLACK BELT – Advanced Stand up & ground fighting skills including throws, takedowns, joint manipulation, chokes & strangulations techniques. WKF sparring, WTF sparring, BJJ, Thai boxing and MMA "the test of all tests" 20 rounds of sparring action testing your skills under 5 different fighting codes

 

Speciality Training Programs

We also have a list of comprehensive speciality training programs covering a wide range of advanced martial arts skills and techniques. These are seperate courses run over a specific period of time depending on the program at hand. Details on some of these martial arts dploma's are mentioned below.

1. How to use the Bo (Wooden staff)

2. How to use the Sai 

3. How to use the Nunchuku

4. How to use the Tonfa (Batton)

5. How to use the Kama (Sickles)

6. How to use the Katana (Sword)

7. How to use the single and double canes (Arnis)

8. Advanced Joint manipulation techniques (Kansetsu tuite waza)

9. Advanced Chokes and Strangulation techniques (Shime waza)

10. Advanced Throwing and takedown techniques (Nage waza)

11. Advanced Ground fighting techniques (Ne waza)

12. Effective knife fighting techniques

13. Advanced WKF Style competition Karate techniques

14. Advanced WTF Style competition Taekwondo techniques

15. Advanced Mau Thai/Kick-boxing techniques

16. Advanced Mixed martial arts techniques

17. Kata (Forms)

Sponsorships

We proudly support the following local groups:

* Neighbourhood Support Canterbury

* Eye on Communities Canterbury

* Westpac Trust Rescue Helicopter

 * Combat Sports Supplies - http://www.combat-sports-supplies.com