The Kenpo International is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote a personal commitment to constant, unending self-improvement in the areas of physical health, mental well-being, emotional strength, personal integrity, and community responsibility through the study of American Kenpo Karate.

We will pursue this mission by fostering our organization’s growth through national and international classes, workshops, seminars, and tournaments that create an atmosphere of cooperation that brings our community together, forms alliances, and encourages others to join us.

We welcome all martial artists and all American Kenpo practitioners, organizations, federations, and associations to join us so that we may all share ideas in the pursuit of this mission.

Advisory & Committee


Gilbert Velez
Doreen DiRienzo
Norman Sandler

Board of Advancement and Promotions 
(IMPORTANT: The Board of Advancement and Promotions applies to Certified Members only; Allied Members will follow their own guidelines for grading and promotion as outlined by their own organization/association/federation) Members of this board have studied directly under or have been promoted by Grand Master Gilbert Velez. These members may sit on grading boards and are able to conduct gradings.

Technical Committee: These members have developed specialties in either American Kenpo or in other systems (Further detail to follow).

Advisory Committee: These members provide guidance, advice, and support to Kenpo International.

Competition Committee: These members have expertise in promoting, organizing, and executing competitions and tournaments.