Where is the best karate in Frankfort?
T Ford

Lexington, KY

#43 Nov 9, 2009
What do you mean by a true martial art? Toughest on what standard? Too many schools are such a fraud these days. You have to pay too much money and they don't teach anything really. Why do people even care about going to a school when you can buy a karate black belt online for $10?
Wow

Frankfort, KY

#44 Nov 12, 2009
"Yes, I will definitely vouch for Bill Durbin. He is nationally recognized and actually only $50 a month.

He is fantastic. My daughter goes there, and he teaches life lessons and right and wrong as well as karate. Take your child there and test the waters a couple of times... you will not be sorry! I am amazed we are lucky enough to have a guy like this in Frankfort. "

If you want to go to a legitimate school of martial arts in Frankfort...you will not find one. Durbin's schools is more of a "cult." If you are not Christian, you will never get to the level you could, regardless of your ability. Do a search on the Internet about Bill Durbin. Make your own conclusions based upon what you read.

Mason: He may be ok, but it's a "self created" style. Also, the only "O-Sensei" was Morhei Ueshiba. I want to puke anytime I hear of anyone else using that title.

I recommend the "hillbilly" ninja. Perform a search on youTube, and you will find him.
Terrance Ford

Lexington, KY

#45 Nov 16, 2009
People like wow don't know what he's talking about. Why don't you even put your name out there like me? Durbin is nationally recognized by whom? Anyone can create any type of martial art. Are you telling me that Krav Maga is not a real martial art cause it's not created by asians? Matter of fact, asians didn't even create Kung Fu. Let's get real, Durbin doesn't even compete at tournaments to prove the viability of his style. Christian martial arts? Whats up with that? I never read one place in the Bible where it says, "Thou must kick and punch." The only O-Sensei, what an idiot you must be. O'Sensei just means great teacher in japanese. Are you telling me that in the history of teachers there has only been one great teacher? What's wrong with a self created style? Are you stupid or what? All styles had to be created by somebody. I can tell you that this summer I saw a demonstration by two different karate groups. One of them had about 50 people in it and the other one had about 6 or 7. The smaller group was much better. If you want to really know who is the best, then go compete somewhere and put all of your cards on the table.
Wow

Frankfort, KY

#46 Nov 16, 2009
Typical, yet stupid logic. If he's creating his own style, why use asian titles anyway? Doesn't make sense.
GODS WARRIOR

Frankfort, KY

#47 Nov 16, 2009
I have been a martial artist since 1966. My first discipline was Judo, through the US Air Force Judo Assoc. My Sensei was Master Manuel Reponte. His wife, Manuella, was my Sensei in my second discipline: Aikido. I then became a student of Kenpo Karate while attending Murray State University. Along the way I also studied Hung Gar Gung Fu and Atewaza. No self respecting student of the arts would denigrate another style or school. I subscribe to the concept that much of the inner strength posessed by true Masters is due to a firm and exacting belief in self as expressed by behavior in one's life, and towards others. This belief has been bolstered by visits to the Kodokan, articles by many artists in Black Belt Magazine, and I attribute much of this to the Golden Rule.
Terrance Ford

Lexington, KY

#48 Nov 17, 2009
Just like I said about wow. Don't know anything has a lot to say and is too afraid to put his/her real name on here. Stupid logic? I suppose you don't know much about anything then. I'm sure I could explain it to you, but it would probably be over your head. There are tons of people with the title O-Sensei and not just the founder of Akido. Maybe you ought to learn something instead of making fun of something you don't know about? How many championships do you have? What circuit do you fight on? How many people have you helped improve their lives in the last week? Until you have something worthy to say next to your real name, you should keep your opinions to yourself.
Kempo man

Frankfort, KY

#49 Nov 17, 2009
Bill Durbin. He teaches Kempo. he is a Soka witch is master of the art. Good choice for self defense
MyNameIs

Finchville, KY

#50 Nov 17, 2009
Terrance Ford wrote:
Just like I said about wow. Don't know anything has a lot to say and is too afraid to put his/her real name on here. Stupid logic? I suppose you don't know much about anything then. I'm sure I could explain it to you, but it would probably be over your head. There are tons of people with the title O-Sensei and not just the founder of Akido. Maybe you ought to learn something instead of making fun of something you don't know about? How many championships do you have? What circuit do you fight on? How many people have you helped improve their lives in the last week? Until you have something worthy to say next to your real name, you should keep your opinions to yourself.
You're really just ignorant. First, putting my name out here is a privacy issue. I don't know you, or anyone reading this. Secondly, my personal privacy has nothing to do with my recommendation for martial arts teacher. Maybe you think winning a tough man contest is all you need in order to learn Karate, but I don't. I want my daughter to learn more than how to fight. He teaches that Karate is for self-defense only. To say his school is a cult is, well, crazy, and makes me think you run a competing school.
Terrance Ford

Lexington, KY

#51 Nov 19, 2009
I said nothing about a tough man contest. I said nothing about anyone's school being a cult. You should probably check your facts before you start talking trash.
Karate Dad

Lexington, KY

#52 Dec 1, 2009
I wonder why no one is talking about all of the food that Grandmaster Mason donates to the poor every year. I know that on Thanksgiving and Christmas, they feed hundreds of families. There are a lot of schools that will teach blocks and punches, but not true Christian character.
T Ford

Lexington, KY

#53 Feb 5, 2010
If anyone knows how to get in touch with the Grandmaster, have him to call Terrance Ford, my number is in the book. I know of a woman who lives in Shelbyville, but wants to do martial arts with her 18 year old son. Thanks!

Since: Sep 09

Frankfort, KY

#54 Feb 5, 2010
lisa wrote:
Osensei is doing fine. He did have the flu about a week ago but he is just fine. I just talked to him this morning. His classes are not easy and dont fool yourself if you think that you can walk in the door and a few months later have your black belt. He is not about the money and alot of people that attend dont even pay him, but he does it out of the love of Che-Lu and the community. He is a great person. If you people think that it is a hard class now then you should have been in it when it was first started here back in the 80's. We started out in Osensei's garage and that is when it was old school. I have been teaching for yours and even made quite a few students quit because they couldnt and wouldnt do what the standard that you ask for but if you hang in there then you will find that it will help you better yourself and that everyone there is there to help you get better. It is about heart! They do go to tournaments and do kick some serious A**! I tell the students that it is not practice that makes perfect, it is PERFECT practice that makes perfect. Osensei wants the best for all of his students and his community also. He is a good man and an awesome Grandmaster! The art of Che-Lu has been around for decades now and is awesome! If anything atleast go watch a class one night, they are on Tuesdays and Thursday nights. The kids class starts at 6 and is an hour long. The adult class is from 7 to 8 and the black belt class starts at 8. You will be surprised at what you see.
Che-Lu not only teaches martial arts but it also teaches self control, heart, discipline, and priorities, such as school and grades.
I highly recommend that you go watch. It will amaze you.
At what age can you start a child.
karate kid

United States

#55 Feb 9, 2010
you can tart at age 4 or 5 i know because i started when i was 5 and was with Osensei for 11 years. i am a second degree black belt and i loved taking classes at CHE-LU. i really miss it alot and am actually thinking about going back very soon.
lisa is right in everything she said and i to highly recommend thast you go watch and you will be amazed.
Karate Dad

Lexington, KY

#56 Mar 8, 2010
I heard that Che-Lu was going to a tournament sometime this month. If you want to know how good they are, you should go. They always compete well at tournaments.
Kari Manuel Roberts

Durham, NC

#57 Mar 16, 2010
Che-Lu is more than a karate class, it is a family! I took Che-Lu in high school for about 4 years and I can't tell you what an impact it had on my life. It has been about 23 years since I left d/t college schedule and finally a move to North Carolina. Lisa Kirk, my dear, I remember you very well. Such great talent and focus. You will NEVER find a karate school like it anywhere else, trust me!! Any TJ, you're nuts!!
Antonio

Cincinnati, OH

#58 May 18, 2010
I love che-lu soo much. It has helped me alot overall as a martial artist and as a person. And whoever is "ninja wannabe" its not always about winnig but if I had to choose between winning and losing i would choose winning. And yes che-lu practices to become world champions. We are going to do it all or not do anything. Che-lu has a great reputation and we praove it all the time at tournamnets. Che-lu is really the baddest system out there. And osensai is really a good person. He has helped me out soo much and is a very good teacher.
Joey

Frankfort, KY

#59 May 22, 2010
In Frankfort, it is Che Liu all the way. O'Sensei will build character and does a lot for the community.
Che-lu member

Dayton, OH

#60 Jun 26, 2010
I have been attending Che-lu martial arts now for 6 years and i have to say it is the bets style that I have ever seen I have been to many tournaments and have been good enough to win and I give all that glory to O-sensei. He has helped me like nothing before. He is truly a great person. And whoever this Bill Durbin guy is I dont ever see him at tournaments...hmmm..i wonder why..well enough said about that. I train to be the best karate guy that I can be we also learn to be good people too. We dont just give people any belt color they want,they have to work for it. Unlike other schools will just hand you anything you want just so that you are happy. We dont do that in che-lu. We make sure our students are successful in the martial arts. We compete nationally and internationally. And its all a big learning experience for me. And i love O-sensei soo much. It is truly a blessing to be in his school.
awwnaw

Finchville, KY

#61 Jun 28, 2010
Che-lu member wrote:
I have been attending Che-lu martial arts now for 6 years and i have to say it is the bets style that I have ever seen I have been to many tournaments and have been good enough to win and I give all that glory to O-sensei. He has helped me like nothing before. He is truly a great person. And whoever this Bill Durbin guy is I dont ever see him at tournaments...hmmm..i wonder why..well enough said about that. I train to be the best karate guy that I can be we also learn to be good people too. We dont just give people any belt color they want,they have to work for it. Unlike other schools will just hand you anything you want just so that you are happy. We dont do that in che-lu. We make sure our students are successful in the martial arts. We compete nationally and internationally. And its all a big learning experience for me. And i love O-sensei soo much. It is truly a blessing to be in his school.
If you drive from Natti to Frankfort for Karate, that place has to be off the chain or either you're crazy. I'm sure there are schools up there.
Che-lu member

Cincinnati, OH

#62 Jul 15, 2010
Karate Dad wrote:
I heard that Che-Lu was going to a tournament sometime this month. If you want to know how good they are, you should go. They always compete well at tournaments.
Yes thank you "karate dad". We always do well at tournament. As a matter of fact we went to the bluegrass nationals on June the 18th and took home the 1st places.

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