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Self-Defense Class in Burlington, MA

Student Code of Honor 
"I vow to never use my Martial Art training for any purpose that would convey a negative image of myself or my Family. My training is to improve me both mentally and physically, so that I am able to help others do the same, in and out of my Dojo."



1. We should always have FUN learning martial arts in our self-defense class in Burlington, MA! 

2. No member shall engage in any behavior that brings discredit to themselves or their dojo. 

3. Students shall maintain a well kept and sanitary appearance. This means nails should cut and members should wash and clean themselves. Uniforms should be neat and be washed. Jrs, dont play at home or eat in your GI. Be proud of your appearance and don't let your uniform become dirty. 

4. Students shall kneel when they put on or take off their belt out of respect for all who have trained before them . 

5. NO horse playing in martial arts class, ever! 

6. Members must be in proper uniform with all proper patches in place by the day of testing if they expect to test for their first rank promotion. 

7. Absolutely NO JEWELRY or GUM is allowed 

8. Please be polite and use the proper terms for your instructor and all senior ranks. Sensei should be referred to as such within the dojo. All higher ranks should be referred to as "sir" or "ma'am". Children should use "sir and ma'am" regardless of their fellow students rank. Out of respect for their elders. 

9. When a Black Belt, (out of respect for the many years of dedication and hard work it took for them to achieve their rank.) ALL students should kneel when she or he puts on their belt. It doesn't come easy. If it did, everyone would have a martial arts black belt. 

10. All students are asked to please be cautious while practicing. DO NOT EXPERIMENT WITH NEW MARTIAL ARTS TECHNIQUES WITHOUT SUPERVISION! they can be very dangerous. 

11. All members must NEVER use their knowledge, except to avoid injury to yourself or your loved ones in an appropriate self-defense situation. (it is as easy to hurt a friend as it is to hurt an attacker). If you do, YOU WILL BE EXPELLED. 

12. Students must bow to the Flag when entering and leaving This dojo. 

13. Criticism of other styles or practitioners will NOT be tolerated in this dojo. (leave your ego at the door). 

14. Use discretion when explaining to others about our school where techniques are concerned. 

15. Please take special care of all equipment or property. This is YOUR Dojo. Respect it. 

16. To advance in rank, a person must have good attendance, know the techniques forms. Also, all dues must be current. 

17. Members shall adhere to these rules. If you have a question about a rule, please see Sensei.


1. Front Punch
2. Thrust Punch
3. Back Punch
4. Hammer Punch
5. Downward Sword
6. Dragon Palm
7. Tiger Claw
8. Leopard Paw
9. Rolling Thunder
10. Snake
11. Upward Elbow
12. Cross Elbow
13. Twin Dragon
14. Crane
15. Trigger Punch
16. Immortal Man
17. Driving Sword
18. Inverted Hammer
19. Inverted Ridge
20. Downward Ridge

1. Bow
2. Show hiken (a.k.a.) Kempo hands or front position.
3. Step out with right foot to horse stances as you perform a high cross block, then pull hand back to ribs in a back punch position.
4. Start set with the right fist then left then right and so on.... All strikes done from horse stances.
5. After last strike right foot comes back to left as left open hand lands on top of right roll hands back into back punch position as the hands met at your ribs.
6. Step out with right foot to horse stances as you perform a high cross block with Kiai, then pull hand back to ribs in a back punch position.
7. Right foot comes back to left as left to show hiken (a.k.a.) Kempo hands or front position.
8. Bow
9. Ready stance placing two downward front punches forward to frame the belt (obi) knot.

Self-Defense Class in Burlington, MA
Foot Work Diagram For Martial Arts, Burlington, MA

“Avoid rather than check; check rather than block; block rather than strike; strike rather than hurt; hurt rather than maim; maim rather than kill—for all life is precious.

Rule of "Lumber Jack" 

This principle teaches us to chop low at the tree before trying to push it over, if he is well rooted this task is not possible without this rule. PST's teaching to kick the low lines is based on line of site. It is also very hard to see a low line of attack to the leg in a close in situation, making it hard to counter. High kicks take longer to execute and are easier to counter as they expose your weaknesses to your opponent. Kicking low to the legs, executing a "Lumber Jack attack" can break your opponent's balance, then we may push them over with much more ease. Be the Lumber Jack in martial arts.

Martial Arts School, Burlington, MA

My Family's Martial Crest (EXPLAINED) 

This crest was first made in 2001 and read "Pence Defense Kempo." In 2005, we changed it to "Pence Self Defense" to more accurately describe the wide range of martial arts we teach including kempo, karate, and jiu jitzu.

The two hands we sometimes call "peace over power" , (the closed fist for the power, and the open to symbolize peace.)

The open top hand over the fist is for the peaceful side of the art. We show the hand


 down to show respect for those who have trained before us and for the restraint we take in using the art.

The closed fist is to symbolize the power of the arts, and the hidden secrets within all styles of combat.

The three triangles are for the unity of mind, body, and sprit.

The tigers open mouth is to symbolize the passing on of the arts and the true history of our's.

The Ying and Yang is symbolic of the cycle of life, as well as the soft and hard in the arts.

The positive side of the ying and yang symbol is thought of as the rising sun and is a reminder that everyday is a gift; use it to live well and to help others.

The negitive side of the yin and yang symbol is thought of as the past, it is where our arts have came from and is a reminder not to forget our history and lineage.