Maximum Tactical Survival
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,
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
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
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”.
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
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.
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
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.
Remember...today is a good day to start. Set your fitness goals and
strive for progress.
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.
personally would like to extend my gratitude to you and Melissa for all of the
help and guidance that you both provided.
Scott,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
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,...
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
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.
you get it.... I really thought this class was great.
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.
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.
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,
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