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Master Alan C. Babinec is the Owner and Head Instructor at AA Kenpo Karate. He has been involved in the Martial Arts for the past 32 years. He received his Master of the Arts rank in Kenpo Karate in November 2011, but also has experience in Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, and Weapons Training. He has been teaching children and adults in the Strongsville area since he opened AA Kenpo in 1989. Master Alan is a Professor at Tri-C West, where he teaches college students Self-Defense and he also teaches the Security Force at Tiffin University. In 2002, he received the Outstanding Leader Award in the USA Hall of Fame in ALL Martial Arts for his leadership role after the 9/11 attacks by teaching local elementary schools, boy scouts, and girl scouts how to protect themselves. He continues to volunteer his time to the scouts, local churches, and clubs. During the day Master Alan teaches Stranger Awareness and Anti-Bully classes at Day-Cares all over North East Ohio and has been doing so since 2004. He loves teaching children because of the reward of knowing he is making a difference with the skills that could save a child's life.
Master Alan is a student as well. He is constantly learning and growing in Kenpo as he trains under his Instructor, Richard 'Huk' Planas who is known as the "Instructor's Instructor". Mr. Planas started working with Ed Parker when he was a Brown Belt and he received his Black Belt and all subsequent rank through Ed Parker up to Seventh Degree; the highest non-honorary, non-political rank given by Parker in 1985.
The style of Karate taught at AA Kenpo, is Ed Parker's American Kenpo Karate. This Chinese-Based art was brought from Hawaii to the mainland U.S. by Ed Parker, the Grandmaster and creator of the system. Kenpo is a very self defense oriented system. When faced with danger you need to know that you have the ability to defend yourself and your loved ones. Kenpo is a series of techniques designed to protect you from real world situations such as chokes, grabs, punches, kicks, clubs, multiple attackers, knives, and even guns.
Kenpo Karate has been internationally recognized as an art which promotes the attributes of honor, courage, discipline, self-control, self-respect, respect for others, courtesy, motivation, and perseverance while learning to protect oneself.
We are located in the Beautiful City of Strongsville at 13221 Prospect Road. We are in the Prospect Plaza Shopping Center, next to Fit Body Boot Camp and Molly McGhee's.
13221 Prospect Road
Strongsville, Ohio 44149
Our Hours of Operation are as follows:
Friday: Closed except for Private Lessons, Movie Nights and Birthday Parties
Saturday: 11:00am-1:00pm for normal classes (Private Lessons and Birthday Parties Following)
See our Classes link to see specific class times.
There are endless reasons why we do what we do. The reward of knowing you are teaching the skills that could save someone's life is a one of a kind feeling. We prize the times when our students say that having us as instructors has made a difference in their lives. It is honestly the best feeling to know that you have done something to help someone have a better chance at success in life. AA Kenpo loves teaching and interacting with the students and figuring out ways to help them learn all of the different things we teach throughout the year. We love that we make a difference in people's lives while also having a positive impact on society. It's great to watch a child's confidence grow as they continue their training with us. We love when the moment comes where after struggling with something, a student finally accomplishes it or fully understands it and we see the "click" or the "light" going on over their head. We love when students tell us that we make their bad days better or when the parents tell us that their child is doing better in school now that they are in Karate. We also love all of the thank you cards, notes, drawings, and goodies that we receive from both parents and students throughout the year, thanking us for just doing what we do. The list really is never ending but it all comes down to us making a difference in the world by creating one Black Belt at a time.