~ originally published in the Journal of Business on August 11, 2011 ~
Spokane Kenpo Karate LLC opened last month in the 840-square-foot space at 164 S. Washington, Ste. 200, in Spokane, where the women’s fitness center Curves was formerly located.
Bryan Whitaker and Tom Black, the school’s lead instructors and co-owners with Tom Black and Colin Conway, are both third-degree black belts. Spokane Kenpo teaches a blend of karate, ju-jitsu, judo, and kung fu, and offers classes for children and adults. Right now, everyone in Spokane Kenpo classes is at brown belt level, Whitaker says.
Whitaker, who is also an attorney and owns Bryan P. Whitaker, Attorney at Law, says he taught private Kenpo lessons out of his home before opening the business. The students at Spokane Kenpo are a conglomeration of his private lesson students and people who needed a studio to practice in after other martial arts studios in town closed, Whitaker says.
“Kenpo is a way to challenge yourself daily to become better physically, emotionally, and psychologically. It is about each individual working to the best of their ability, focusing on where you are compared to where you started,” Whitaker says.