Our Mission

The IKKA 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.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Gilbert Velez
Doreen DiRienzo
Norman Sandler

Board of Advancement and Promotions

Gilbert Velez
Paul Dowling
Doreen DiRienzo
Norman Sandler
Jose Enrique Hernandez
John Ward
Jose Maria Guttierez
Andy Seatherton
Jose Navarette
Netzahualcoyotl Soots
Francisco Antonio Rodriguez
Aldo Navarro
Miguel Rodriguez

TECHNICAL COMMITTEE

Gilbert Velez
Doreen DiRienzo
Paul Dowling
Norman Sandler
Jose Enrique Hernandez
John Ward
Netzahualcoyotl Soots
Angelo Collado
Jose Maria Guttierez
Andy Seatherton
Francisco Antonio Rodriguez
Sita Van
John Busto

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Mike Pick
Rainer Schulte
Jose Navarette
Sean P. Kelley
Rich Hale
Dan Meck
Sibora Chan
Mark Lawler
Marcel de Jong

COMPETITION COMMITTEE

Doreen DiRienzo
John Ward
Angelo Collado
Eric Alfaro
Luis Guiterrez
Sita Van

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 IKKA Kenpo International.

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