Kathy J. Owen – 8th Degree Black Belt

Kathy J. Owen began her Martial Arts training in 1977 while a student at the University of Delaware. She trained in several Martial Arts styles including Aikido, Judo, Bushidokan, Filipino Arnis, Shotokan and a variety of styles of Kenpo. Ms. Owen received her 1st Degree Black Belt in Kenpo in 1983. Ms. Owen currently holds an 8th Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo and has earned the title of Associate Master of the Arts.

 Since 1988, Ms. Owen has owned and operated Newark Kenpo Karate in Newark, Delaware, a Martial Arts studio with over 300 active students. Her students range in age from 3 years old through adults into their 60’s. One unique aspect of her school is her long-term commitment and success working with mentally and physically challenged children and adults.

 Ms. Owen has successfully competed in many tournaments, including National and International level competitions. She currently has numerous junior and senior students successfully competing at these same levels of competition. She also directs a 20 member Internationally Recognized Demonstration Team that has performed in numerous places including California, Las Vegas, Dublin, Ireland and the island of Jersey in the United Kingdom. In 2003, the Team was chosen to perform a demonstration at the First Union Center in Philadelphia for Michael Jordan’s final basketball game in front of over 20,000 people. Last year the Team performed in the Opening Ceremonies of the International Karate Championships in England. Her students are well-known world wide for their creative, dynamic choreography as well as their explosive speed and power.

 In addition to teaching at Newark Kenpo Karate 6 days a week, Ms. Owen also conducts “Street Smarts” Self-Defense workshops for area corporations, local businesses and community groups, including: DuPont, University of Delaware, St. Francis Medical Center, Delmarva Power, Winterthur Museum, I.C.I. Americas and the Jewish Community Center. These classes are tailored to develop a logical, practical & common sense approach to self defense for the average person.

 Ms. Owen also teaches Kenpo Karate seminars both nationally and internationally, including at the prestigious International Karate Championships in Long Beach, California, in Dublin, Ireland and on the island of Jersey as a special guest instructor for AKKI affiliated schools, and she is a regular presenter at the AKKI International Training Camps held in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is also a certified Personal Fitness Trainer and often assists her students in developing multidimensional fitness programs.

 Ms. Owen serves as the AKKI’s Eastern Regional Representative and is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Kenpo Karate International Association. She hosts their annual AKKI Eastern Regional Training Camps. She holds degrees in Sociology, Anthropology and Education and is a former public school teacher.

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