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Kempo Academy of New Canaan

Welcome to your premier martial arts experience.

Before you get started, take a moment to consider the most valuable aspect of being a martial arts student. Is it confidence? Discipline? Maybe being more physically fit and forming healthy habits?

To us, the answer is community. A place where all these benefits are generated organically. A place where every student is welcome and accepted for who they are as an individual. 

When searching for an exceptional teacher, coach, mentor, or tutor for your child, you want someone that will go above and beyond for your family, just like you do, every day. An instructor that will take the time to answer your questions and modify their teaching based on your progress as a student, and the goals put forth by parents. A sensei that thinks about the best way to help you, even after you've bowed off the mats and gone home from class. A teacher who maintains a zealous attention to detail, enabling them to provide a superior educational experience to your child.

This is the standard of Kempo Academy of New Canaan.

This is our commitment to the success of our students.

This is what makes us different.


What is ‘character’?  Classically defined, character is: ‘moral excellence and firmness’, or referring to ‘... mental and ethical traits marking and often individualizing a person …’ Some institutions, martial arts or otherwise, can complacently neglect the measure of their students.  Some foster aggression, poor sportsmanship and weak character.  Kempo Academy of New Canaan takes pride in nurturing today’s youth through confidence, respect for self & others and assertiveness.  We focus not only on physical, but emotional & mental well being to build strong character in our students.   - Sensei Smetak

You deserve an instructor whose commitment to your kids rivals your own.


At Kempo Academy, our mission is to provide the tools and information our students need to succeed, even beyond karate. Our teaching philosophy is that every student is important, each of us learns differently, and that we all need something unique to become our best. With that in mind, our goal is to find what works for you, and then to provide that support with absolute respect and professionalism..


Karate is one of the best activities for kids and excellent practice for adults. to see your children improve their focus, discipline, fitness, and confidence? Motivated to try classes for yourself? Be certain, we are equally excited to be a part of that journey! Click the link below to submit a free trial request and one of our instructors will reach out to you to schedule your first lesson.