Strengthening Body and Mind for Nearly Two Decades
Hall's Martial Arts Connection
History Of The School
Hall’s Martial Arts Connection was founded in 1993 by Renshi Garrison Hall and Sensei Valorie Clinkscale. Renshi Hall was the first instructor to bring Tracy’s Kenpo (a form of martial arts primarily found in Hawaii and the west coast) to the southeast. With their combined martial arts experience, Renshi Hall and Sensei Valorie opened up HMAC with the dream of a training facility free from the politics, arrogance, and “cash for belts” systems that many other schools exhibited at the time. In 2012, both Renshi Hall and Sensei Valorie stepped down as owners in order to focus all their energy on passing knowledge on to the students of HMAC.
Today, both Renshi Hall and Sensei Valorie instruct at HMAC. We consider ourselves blessed to have these two outstanding martial artists teach at our school.
History Of Kenpo
Kenpo means fist law, or law of the fist. Given the reputation of Kenpo, this definition conjures up an image of people enforcing law and order through the use of their fists or fighting skills. On some levels this may be accurate, but there is much more to it than that. The word Kenpo is Japanese. Its Chinese equivalent is chu'an fa. Chu'an fa is an approximate term used by monks that practiced a section of the Vajramukti Buddhist Arts that were concerned with ritualized movements containing the principles of health preservation, weaponless self-defense, and meditative insight. The actual T'ang Chinese character for chu'an (meaning closed or clasped hand) is representative of the Sanskrit term mukti. Vajramukti is associated with thunderbolt, perhaps related to the concept of enlightenment. From China, to Japan, to Okinawa, to Hawaii, and finally to the mainland of the United States, Kenpo has established itself as a straightforward and effect form of self-defense.