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    Default Needed: High-quality, highly technical Kenpo Dojo in Upstate NY

    I know somebody who's an experienced martial artist looking to advance their training. They live in Syracuse, but I know they can't find what they need here. They're willing to travel as far as Buffalo or Albany, which means that Rochester, Bingamton, Watertown, Utica, Rome, etc. are all fair game. I'd like to be able to suggest a serious Parker or Tracy style dojo that's into technical detail, fundamentals, precision, really good solid old-school kenpo karate. Actually, the Parker/Tracy part is optional, I suppose. As long as it's not so dissimilar from what they've spent the last 20+ years working on (which is a somewhat heavily-modified Tracy variant) it could work. Naturally, it would help if the instructor is willing to take on and mentor advanced students to help them refine, improve and continue their martial arts education, but I'll leave that up to them to negotiate.

    Recommendations? I'd really like to avoid random Google searches and rely more on input from people who are familiar with actual master instructors and schools that they can vouch for. Thank you!

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    Default Re: Needed: High-quality, highly technical Kenpo Dojo in Upstate NY

    I highly recommend IKCA 5th Dan Andrew Croniser. He's an excellent partner, instructor and technician who is familiar with "traditional" EPAK and several of the current varieties.
    "If a person prefers to do something another way, and he is happy with his results, no one can tell him he's wrong" Ed Parker, as quoted by Doc

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    Thank you! Sifu Croniser is very fortunate to have such an ardent and vocal cheerleader.

    Please keep the suggestions and recommendations coming!

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    There is an AKKI school in Buffalo, I believe. I'll see if I can find a link or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikael151 View Post
    There is an AKKI school in Buffalo, I believe. I'll see if I can find a link or something.
    I found it myself, thanks! It's on the list! Much obliged for the replies.

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    Default Re: Needed: High-quality, highly technical Kenpo Dojo in Upstate NY

    I don't have a lot of personal experience with either of these, but here are a couple of schools I have attended seminars at. I had positive experiences at both schools, and enjoyed working with the owners and the students of these schools. Worth looking into to see if they fit the necessary criteria.

    Martial Arts & Me in Johnstown is run by Joe Pazzaglia, a 4th degree under Larry Tatum

    Upstate Kenpo Karate in Glenville is run by Daryl Perkins, a 5th under John Sepulveda

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    Outstanding suggestions! Thank you T-Bo!

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    Default Re: Needed: High-quality, highly technical Kenpo Dojo in Upstate NY

    If the Filipino arts is of any interest, Mr. Jack LaTorre is in Rochester. He teaches Pekiti-Tirsia, and is a schoolteacher in real life. He is very knowledgeable. I am not a student of his, but I've shared the mat with him before and can speak very highly of him.

    Pekiti has some similarities to Kenpo, but there are quite a bit of differences as well. Its best known for its knife work but it is a well rounded system that includes sticks, empty hand, and dumog (grappling).


    http://www.ptiacademy.com/

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    Default Re: Needed: High-quality, highly technical Kenpo Dojo in Upstate NY

    Quote Originally Posted by T-Bo View Post
    I don't have a lot of personal experience with either of these, but here are a couple of schools I have attended seminars at. I had positive experiences at both schools, and enjoyed working with the owners and the students of these schools. Worth looking into to see if they fit the necessary criteria.

    Martial Arts & Me in Johnstown is run by Joe Pazzaglia, a 4th degree under Larry Tatum

    Upstate Kenpo Karate in Glenville is run by Daryl Perkins, a 5th under John Sepulveda
    I just wanted to offer a huge thank you to Mr. T-Bo for recommending Joe Pazzaglia. I've since had the privilege of training several times under Mr. Pazzaglia and he's tremendously knowledgeable and skillful. Big, big thanks. I'm still a raw novice to the world of American Kenpo Karate, but with Mr. Pazzaglia, Mr. Vigoroux and GM Larry Tatum to learn from, I know I'll get there eventually. Thanks, again!

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