Maximum Tactical Survival Testimonials


I was browsing the internet and hit your web page.  I have seen the page before yet never looked at the testimony section before, and I must say I was impressed by what your students and parents had to say about your teaching abilitys and how you and your beautiful wife who is also a black belt have impacted so many lives.

You have come a long way my brother, from that 1st tournament when your students wore those kung fu outfits, to now.  Our history goes back a long way, for I had the honor of being your instructor in Okinawan Kenpo.  Was it an easy road for you, no way for at the time you were a law enforcement officer, and as with all my law enforcement students you would need your karate to protect you in the streets.  I cant tell you how many times you limped out of my school in Wilmington battered, bruised, bloody, yet you always came back for more.  I remember your broken ribs, but your quest for knowledge knew no boundaries, and as warriors, a friendship developed.  Out of mutual respect, I took you under my wing, and could say I became your sensi. 

I have had the honor to work with your many excellent students.  My son Dakota and I have spent many hours at your school, and have sat in on your black belt test, and have witnessed your outstanding teaching abilities.  But the most important thing I got was our deep friendship, and a return to my Christian faith thanks to our many talks.  I guess I became your student my son DG considers you a role model, as he is now a senior at Bel Mont Abbey.  All young men need role models in life, and he always knows you are there for him. 

Strength and Honor

Jim Irwin
7th dan
Okinawa Kenpo Karate Kubodo


I have known you for a few years now from having Kaylie, Thomas, Tammi, and myself in your class so I guess now is as good time as any to tell you what I really think of you.  You are a true warrior in every sense of the word and it has been both a joy and privilege training under you.  You are more than just a teacher, you are a brother to us all, and want all of us to achieve our personal best.  The confidence, values, courage, and the drive to be the best we can be is something that will stay with all of us through life as will your perspective on the way the world is today and the direction that it is headed, people should not look at the world with blinders on and say “that would not happen to me” but prepare themselves for the possibilities. 

I look forward to training with you for many years to come, CKM has been an eye opening experience for me and I feel it is one of the best systems out there to date.  When we tested for CKM Level 1, I learned a few things about myself, what I could accomplish by being trained and practicing at it, where I need to improve my overall conditioning, and the fact I would not give up on myself, you, or the rest of the guys that were testing with me.  Continue to fight the good fight and live by the motto “We do not live to fight we fight to live”.

Tim Quinn

I'm 40 and in better shape now than I was 20 years ago.  I can attribute part of that success to Sensei Scott Kennedy and staff at Maximum Training and Fitness.

If you are like me, and a good portion of the rest of the female population, you do a better job taking care of everyone else than you do yourself.  There's the job and the family and the project this and the activity that and before you know it, you are all run down...sick and tired...then what good are you to anyone?

When I turned 35, I felt like my body was starting to fall apart and my physician confirmed that there were changes that needed to be made.

I took 30 days and I journaled every minute of my day.  At this point, I didn't focus on any changes, I just documented everything from sleeping, to eating, to working, to doing chores and taking care of the family.  At the end of that 30 day period, I reviewed my journal and realized that I was not taking care of me.  Journaling helped me to see my bad habits and how I spent my time.  I am the most important person in my life and you are the most important person in your life.  If you don't make yourself a priority and take care of yourself then you can't do a very good job of taking care of someone else.

I took a week and prepared my plan, not to lose weight, but to get in muscular and cardiovascular shape.  The next week I started running and doing some basic strength training exercises and yes, there were times that I fell off the wagon, but when I trained, I trained hard...too hard.  After running about a year, I re-injured an old college knee injury and I realized that I needed to find a workout that would build my cardiovascular endurance while reducing the impact on my joints.

I was also interested in learning some basic self-defense techniques so I called Sensei Scott Kennedy and enrolled in Maximum Karate's adult classes.  Sensei Kennedy instructs the children's classes in the sessions before the adults so I was able to witness the children learning not only a martial art, but also discipline and respect for self and others.  Sensei Kennedy also incorporates the physical fitness element into his classes and requires all students, including children, to increase their level of flexibility and fitness in order to advance.  The training program also increases self-confidence and the student's ability to focus.

The adult class is just as intense and structured as the children's classes, but it is more physically demanding.  Fortunately, one of the great things about Sensei Kennedy is that God gave him a sense of humor, patience, and understanding.  Yes, we are very serious about our instruction and learning, but we have fun doing it and sometimes, we just laugh.  I learned the best lesson when sparring with other students...whether you are fighting in the classroom or on the street, your opponent, male or female, has no mercy for you.  If you are attacked on the street, your survival may be dependent on your understanding of that concept.

As I was leaving the pool last summer, one of the ladies stopped me and asked me where she could get arms like mine.  My response to her was to eat right, maintain a positive attitude, get plenty of rest, and engage in some form of physical exercise every day and I shared my Maximum Karate & Fitness experience with her.  I'm no longer training at Maximum as I took a job in Texas last September, but the fitness and self-defense techniques are lifetime lessons that I have continued to include in my fitness plan.

Sensei Kennedy is highly qualified as noted in his biography.  He has trained under some of the world's foremost leaders in martial arts and continues his training as required.  He is professional and courteous and inspires students to reach their fullest potential.

Give Sensei Kennedy a call and stop by to watch a training session.  You will not be disappointed.  His classes are open to adults of all ages and fitness levels.

Sensei Kennedy, Maximum staff, fellow students...thank you for the lessons and the laughs.  I miss you and love you all.  Best wishes for continued success with your training and God Bless. is a good day to start.  Set your fitness goals and strive for progress.


Sensei Kennedy,

Since it has been almost a year ago since I earned my Black Belt I would like to thank you for pushing me onward and never letting me stop when I sometimes felt I could not go on.

Your program has instilled confidence, self esteem and discipline in myself that I never thought was possible. The rigorous training program fully prepared me for the Black Belt testing that I was subjected to.  I would highly recommend others to come and participate at Maximum Self Defense as it is definitely a program that will build self confidence and character in anyone who can accept the challenge.  I personally would like to extend my gratitude to you and Melissa for all of the help and guidance that you both provided.


Tammy Williams


I really enjoyed the Ladies Self Defense Class.  It was very informative and educational. Scott Kennedy is a great instructor. He gave us a lot of "real world" information and showed us some simple but effective techniques that could be used by anyone. He and Melissa were professional but also a lot of fun while demonstrating the techniques. They presented us the information, demonstrated the technique and then gave us a chance to practice what we were taught.  I came away from the class feeling more confident about protecting myself and I highly recommend it to ladies, young and old.
Donna H. Kennedy


My daughter and I attended your Self Defense Class this past weekend. It was very informative and helpful to us both. I highly recommend this class to anyone of any age. I am not in a good physical condition or shape although my jaw muscles are top notch from eating and talking. I was able to do everything during your class and surprised myself with some of the things I did. (Kicking my daughter in the nose was a highlight,... just kidding)
I was so glad my daughter came with me. She is in grad school at ECU and lives by herself in Greenville. She lives in a condo setting that since the economy downfall has become filled with folks who rent and not own the neighboring condos. This has changed the family atmosphere greatly. We have installed an alarm, put a special deadbolt on the door, and have actually offered to move her. Many different situations puts her at harms risk such as staying late at clinical due to research needed, just going to Wal-Mart in Greenville at night is dangerous due to high crime, and let's not forget "going out" in Greenville.
I think this class should be part of the Orientation at East Carolina University and other colleges including Community Colleges. There is usually 2-3 rapes per year I have heard about on ECU campus. 
I guess you get it.... I really thought this class was great.
Christine Taylor


I would like to personally thank you for introducing me to Commando Krav Maga.  This is by far one of the most effective reality based fighting systems that I have ever seen.  Your CKM classes have not only helped to get me in better shape, they have given me the confidence and tools I need to have a better chance of surviving a real life attack.  Getting Level One certified in CKM was one of the hardest and most fulfilling things I have done in a long time. 
Chris Jarman 

Sensei Kennedy,

I personally want to thank first god, for putting me and you back on the same path in the martial arts.  I remember the day when you were a young man and ask me about martial arts.  I inspired you to take it.  Now that i am an older man and see your accomplishments, you inspired me to press forward in the martial arts. Thanks for opening the door to me in Okinawa Kenpo.  It is my third style and you have taught me a lot of techniques.  It is a great pleasure to know and feel the discipline, humility and self-defense and the glory of god at the beginning and end of each class.  Keep up the good training.

God bless you!!! 

Dexter Farmer

Sensei Kennedy,
DeValentino Shudokan Schools International welcomes you to our International family of Okinawa Kenpo Karate and Kobudo schools.  We are honored to have you as our North Carolina shibucho (branch director) and look forward to a significantly blessed training and developing relationship.  I give thanks to God for placing us on the path. 
All honors and blessing,

Marcus DeValentino

Director of DSSI.


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