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Ʋahɛla Kẽŋkpɔ̃

Ʋahɛla Kẽŋkpɔ̃

Diaspora Defensive arts

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Ʋahɛla Kẽŋkpɔ̃

Ʋahɛla Kẽŋkpɔ̃

The EPKenpo system infused with diverse African combat styles with influences from Eastern Defensive Arts.

Meaning in the West African Language of Eʋe , “Clearly-Seeing (Wise) Warrior

Meaning in the West African Language of Eʋe , “Clearly-Seeing (Wise) Warrior

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The Defensive Arts' origins started on the continent of Africa (Edɛnyigba) shared through oral history as it migrated around the world, and documented in KEMET (Egypt), kana, India into Shaolin China, Okinawa Japan, and beyond into the Americas.

We pride ourselves on providing a comprehensive training program that incorporates physical fitness, mental acuity, and self-defense techniques. Our classes are designed to help students of all ages and abilities achieve their full potential while fostering a supportive and inclusive community.

Ʋahɛla Kẽŋkpɔ̃la Creed

In peace, I come with open hands

no weapons,

but should I be forced to defend

myself, family and friends,

the principle of life

and the dignity of knowing

right from wrong,

then here are my weapons,

my open hands.

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The Way of THE Wise Warrior

“The Storm and the Lighting Wielders”

The Way of THE Wise Warrior

“The Storm and the Lighting Wielders”

the 7 PRINCIPLES

Respect

Self-Discipline

Awareness

Leadership

COMMUNITY

Coordination

Concentration and Focus

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The Way of Wellness

“The Wielding the Storm Inside us all”

The Way of Wellness

“The Wielding the Storm Inside us all”

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We all encounter internal storms. Our goal is to learn how to understand, calm, and manage them by cultivating self-awareness, insight, and wisdom. By doing so, we can navigate these challenges, enabling us to acknowledge, control, and balance the inner turmoil.


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THE 3 PILLARS OF thought

INTENTION PURPOSE INNOVATION

The intellectual prowess and emotional fitness of Kẽŋkpɔ̃ Internal and External style empower students to unlock their boundless potential with unwavering confidence and inner fortitude.

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Amegã Nufialagã

Amegã Nufialagã

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Founder of Ʋahɛla Yitu Kẽŋkpɔ̃ style

3rd degree black, American Bushidō

Founder of Ʋahɛla Yitu Kẽŋkpɔ̃ style

3rd degree black, American Bushidō

Dr. yao Alɔ B. Wheeler

Dr. yao Alɔ B. Wheeler

CHIEF Kẽŋkpɔ̃la INSTRUCTOR

CHIEF Kẽŋkpɔ̃la INSTRUCTOR

Nufialaga Dr. Yao-Alɔ Wheeler D.D., a 3rd-degree Black Belt unfolds a dynamic martial arts journey that began at the age of 16 with Sabre fencing in a Pasadena, CA mall parking lot. His early training experiences include Aiki Jiu-Jitsu at Nipper's salon with 10th Dan Hanshi Sonny Hughes, Late Budo-Jujutsu GM Al Thomas, and monthly sessions with the late Great Judo Gene LeBell in Gorman at “The Ranch.” Transitioning to Ed Parker’s Kenpo System under Senior Professor W. Larry Kongaika, his primary instructor and friend, and became Asst. Head Instructor and Asst. Manager at the Original Ed Parker’s Pasadena Studio (‘94-’96) where he received his Black Belt becoming proficient in his Stick and Blade work.

Nufialaga Dr. Yao-Alɔ Wheeler D.D., a 3rd-degree Black Belt unfolds a dynamic martial arts journey that began at the age of 16 with Sabre fencing in a Pasadena, CA mall parking lot. His early training experiences include Aiki Jiu-Jitsu at Nipper's salon with 10th Dan Hanshi Sonny Hughes, Late Budo-Jujutsu GM Al Thomas, and monthly sessions with the late Great Judo Gene LeBell in Gorman at “The Ranch.” Transitioning to Ed Parker’s Kenpo System under Senior Professor W. Larry Kongaika, his primary instructor and friend, and became Asst. Head Instructor and Asst. Manager at