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Authentic Martial Arts
4 - 6 year olds
Okinawan Martial Arts Club
Family of Black Belts
The Bennett family teaches a traditional Okinawan martial art known as Uechi Ryu. We are members of the Kokusai Kyokai branch within Uechi Ryu, of which Master James Thompson (Kyoshi, Hachidan) is president. We teach 8 kata, three of which are the original Chinese kata Uechi Ryu was modeled after; Sanchin, Seisan, and Sanseirui. Our classes are highly structured and concentrate on focusing the mind, body conditioning, and technique.
Sensei Allen and Amanda Bennett have been teaching Uechi Ryu in Colorado since 1996. Originally teaching at a private dojo in Erie, they took over a Uechi Club from the previous instructor at the Frederick Carbon Valley Rec Center in 2002. In May, 2006 Bill Haggard became the first black belt produced by the Frederick Karate Club, and is now a certified full instructor and 3rd degree blackbelt. The Bennett family teaches and has studios in Berthoud, Erie, Westminster, and Frederick and has students that range all over the United States.
Richard Bennett moved to Colorado during the summer of 2003 in order to finish college at the University of Colorado. He has been teaching classes at the Carbon Valley Rec Center since 2003, and further advanced the reach of Uechi Ryu in Colorado to Erie and Berthoud. Richard recently opened up the Bennett family's central dojo in Old Town Erie in 2009, and has since been chief instructor for the Bennett Family. Currently Richard still teaches in Frederick with Bill Haggard, in Berthoud with Ethan Bennett, and at the honbu dojo in Erie alongside Kyoshi Allen Bennett.
Richard Bennett is a member of the Matayoshi Kobudo system, based in Naha Okinawa, Japan under Itokazu Seisho. Itokazu is the chief instructor for the Matayoshi system, and is also the head of Konan Ryu, which is another organization of Uechi Ryu and Pangainoon. Shihan Richard trains in weapons for the Matayoshi system at the Boulder Kodokanin Colorado, and has been training there for 6 years now.