Mobile Self-Defense Seminars



KenpoXena's Founder

Hello, my name is Dai Phipps.  I have always been a physically active individual and in 1997 I exchanged weight training for karate after falling and breaking my ankle in 1996.  I have been a student of Kenpo Karate under Barry Barker of Poway Martial Arts ever since.

I earned my 1st Degree Black in 2002.  My hard work and dedication has also lead to my induction into the Masters Hall of Fame in 2006, and the Academy of Masters in 2007.  Over the years I have also had the pleasure of learning from several martial arts greats including:

  • Antwione Alferos
  • Carlos Valente
  • Ernest George, Jr.
  • Nelson Monteiro
  • Orned “Chicken” Gabriel
  • Rey Leal
  • Richard Post
  • Rick Hughes
  • Steve “Nasty” Anderson
  • Steve Muhammad
  • Willy Steele

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is there an age requirement?

KenpoXena seminars can be tailored for youngsters between the ages of 8 and 12.  It is best to provide seminars for children in this age range as a separate group to keep content age appropriate.

Most content is appropriate for children as young as 13.  Tact is always used when discussing sensitive situations while minors (those under 18) are present.  Parents/guardians are required for any participant under the age of 18.

I've had previous self-defense training, is KenpoXena still helpful?

Yes!  Previous self-defense training is a great tool to have going into any KenpoXena seminar, but it is not a requirement.  I urge you to share your learned tools so we can apply them during a seminar and explore efficient use in specific scenarios.

Is KenpoXena a specific style of self-defense?

KenpoXena’s founder has her base in American Kenpo Karate, a street-based self-defense system. Defenses against all ranges are taught throughout the system. Some Kenpo concepts and basis are utilized during instruction, however, seminars in whole are not based on formal martial arts training.

Who is KenpoXena designed for?

KenpoXena is designed for anyone seeking to explore personal self-defense options.  It is ideal for women and children who are often alone at home, work or school.  It is also ideal for those who walk, run, bike, etc. in remote areas.  KenpoXena is designed to use your usual environment(s) as the classroom.  Contact KenpoXena today to develop a seminar to address escape/defense scenarios unique to your desired location.

How complex will the training be?

KenpoXena strives to use natural movement and reaction to unlock your self-defense potential. Simplicity is most efficient when learning self-defense techniques outside of a formal martial arts setting.  KenpoXena is something that everyone can do.