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Here at Black Dragon Martial Arts, we have a Mission


A family that kicks together sticks together.

Master Dan Jenkins was inducted in the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2006 for Kempo master of the year.

Shannon Jenkins is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Kempo Karate with 13 years of martial arts experience.

Certifications include: AFAA (Aerobics & Fitness Association of America) Primary Group Exercise Instructor.

Shannon's goal is to be a positive role model for women and girls in the Martial Arts. To provide motivating workouts that inspire people to reach their goals.

Chris Ninteau is the Assistant Instructor at Black Dragon Martial Arts Academy.
At Black Dragon Martial Arts Academy we are committed to providing the best in quality martial arts instruction in a clean, professional and safe environment for the entire family! We make sure that not only ourselves as owners and instructors, but all of our students achieve their highest potential, and continually progress physically, mentally and emotionally during their time of training.

Our vision is not to create just another local martial arts school but a community whose common goal is for everyone to succeed. Our school is dedicated to build a strong community one black belt at a time. We do this by developing students with strong healthy bodies and the ability to defend themselves and loved ones. We empower our students with important values including courtesy, respect, patience, confidence, self esteem, positive attitude and indomitable spirit. We are committed to constantly improving our service to our students through continually educating and training our professional team of instructors. Through this constant and never ending attitude of improvement you can be assured you are part of a team that is on a quest to be the very best.

Being a part of Black Dragon Martial Arts is more than learning how to punch, kick or throw someone to the ground. We are dedicated to providing the entire community and our children with positive role models and a true sense of self earned, self respect. Experience the difference at Black Dragon where we WORK HARD-TRAIN HARD-PLAY HARD. It's all about balance.

About Master Dan Jenkins

Master Dan Jenkins started his training in the arts over 27 years ago. He has been in Shaolin Kempo for almost all off his martial arts career and received his 6th degree black belt in 2003 under the great Professor Kimo. Master Jenkins training also consists of Kaja Kemp, Okinawa Kempo and also several other arts.

Master Jenkins served in the U.S. Army for 4 years where he served in a unit called QRF (Quick Reaction Force). He also served with the QRF in the 2nd Infantry Battalion in Korea.

Master Jenkins was inducted in the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2006 for Kempo master of the year. Master Jenkins has brought a new way to Kempo training. He believes that hard-core is sometimes too intimidating, so he makes it fun for all ages but keeps the tradition alive. Master Jenkins has worked with some great Masters in his time like Master Alex Ziwack. He has also worked with Master Cheech Luzzi, Master Fred Villari, and Master Tom Ingargiola.

History of Shaolin Kempo

The Shaolin Temple was first built around 495 AD, by the Chinese emperor Hsino Wen. It was in the great Shaolin Temple in the Songshan Mountains of central China that Buddharama, a sixth century Indian monk first introduced Buddhism and a form of breathing exercises based upon animal movements designed to strengthen and condition the body as well as the mind.

The art of Shaolin Kempo Karate has developed from numerous styles of the martial arts including: Shaolin Temple Boxing, Jiu Jitsu, Kung Fu, Kempo, different styles of Karate as well as the secret art of the White Tiger (Chin Na). Each fighting system offers something both unique and special, but each also has its weaknesses that make a fighter vulnerable. The ultimate in self defense lay not in one way or style of fighting, but by the integration of these methods of fighting into one.

The Shaolin Kempo Karate fighting system is one of the only systems that incorporate the movements of the original five animals: Tiger, Leopard, Dragon, Crane and Snake. It is a system that promotes health and wisdom. Shaolin's theory of fighting is based upon effective multiple strikes off a powerful base, with linear, angular, and circular offensive and defensive motions with simultaneous manipulation of the opponent's upper and lower body masses.

Black Dragon Martial Arts Academy offers Kempo Karate and Cardio-KICK classes and training to adults and children at our academy located in Norwich, Connecticut CT.

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