The HEILMAN KARATE ACADEMY, INC. offers a variety of training programs in traditional martial arts. Arts taught at the HKA include the following:
- Okinawa Kenpo Karate-Do
- Okinawa Kenpo Kobudo
- Japanese Sword Program
The following presents a brief overview of each of the programs offered at the HKA.
- Okinawa Kenpo Karate:
The HKA teaches a style of martial arts that traces its lineage from the 1733 in Okinawa, Japan. The style is known as "Okinawa Kenpo Karate", and was founded by the late Master Shigeru Nakamura in Okinawa. Mr. and Mrs. Heilman were students of Master Seikichi Odo, the successor to the system founder. Mr. Heilman was the first American to be awarded his "Hanshi" (Grand Master Teaching License) and ranks of 9th Dan in Karate and Kobudo from Hanshi Seikichi Odo in 1997. Hanshi Heilman currently holds the ranks of 10th Dan in Karate and Kobudo which he was awarded in 2012, and is recognized as one of the leading practitioners of this old Okinawan art in the world.
- Okinawa Kenpo Kobudo:
The HKA is also one of the few schools in the States to offer special training in Okinawan Kobudo (weapons). All of the HKA Black Belt Instructors are certified in both Karate and Kobudo. The weapons system taught at the HKA also traces its lineage from 1733 with direct connection to some of the greatest weapons masters in Okinawa. The weapons program taught at the HKA comes from the teaching of Master Seikichi Odo, one of the top weapons masters in the world.
- Japanese Sword:
The HKA is also pleased to offer a Kendo & Iaido (japanese sword art) program for its senior members. The Kendo/Iaido classes are directed by Mr. Rick Zondlo and are offered once a week.
Our regular Karate Program is for both Children and Adults. We start our children at 8 years of age and older. Our Adult Program is unique in that is is focused to older adults (Boomers). Our moto is one is never too old to learn self-defense. Our Karate classes are divided into both Beginner and Advanced Levels.