Master Kadir Kadri has been training in the art of Shaolin Kempo Karate since 1992
under his instructor Shihan Thomas Ingargiola and holds the rank of 5th Degree (Dan)
Black Belt. In 1997 he started to teach at the West Babylon Dojo. At age 16 Master
Kadri started his amateur kickboxing career. During his career as an amateur he
became the USKBA Amateur Long Island Champion, Kick New York Champion, and USKBA
Amateur World Champion.
At age 18 Kadir became a professional kickboxing fighter. In 2001 he entered the
USA Extreme Challenge tournament in
and won four fights in one day to become
the tournament victor for the Light Heavyweight division. Kadir continues to fight
professionally and has participated in fight events that were broadcasted on MSG
Network and Pay-Per-View. Throughout his professional career Kadir has claimed
several professional titles including: WKA New York Champion (current), USKBA USA
Champion (current), USKBA International Champion (current), KICK World Champion
(former), and ISKA Light Cruiserweight World Champion (current).
Other awards have included the Bushido Spirit Award from
Shaolin Self Defense Centers
and Yugoslavian athlete of the year. Master Kadri is also active in the community
teaching numerous self defense seminars for various groups including the Girl Scouts
of Nassau County,
, and all girls baseball team.
Are the martial arts classes just for kids?
Not at all! We offer teen and adult classes for those wishing to learn the martial arts.
Are the kickboxing classes just for adults?
We allow mature teens to come to the kickboxing classes.
Are the kickboxing classes just for women?
The night time classes are co-ed. However, there are morning kickboxing classes just for women.
What is the age difference between Pee Wees, Juniors, and Adults?
In general, the age brackets are as follows: Pee Wees (4 to 7), Juniors (7 to 12), Teens (12-16) and Adults (16+).
Is age the only difference between Pee Wees, Juniors, Teens, and Adults?
No. There are other factors that we take into consideration, such as size and maturity level.
On the schedule it says there are different classes for beginners, intermediates, and advanced students. What determines which level you are?
Beginners are belts White, Yellow, and Orange. Intermediate are belts Purple, Blue, and Blue with a Green Stripe. Advanced are Green belt and above.
Do kids learn the same material as adults?
Eventually. We have 2 tracks: Junior and Adult. Pee Wee and Juniors are on the Junior track and so they learn less material at each belt. They will eventually get caught up to the adults before they test for black belt.
Is there a dress code, and if so what is it?
Yes there is a dress code. Students must where the gi (uniform) pants and belt to class at all times. Gi top is optional during class as long as the student wears a plain t-shirt without any writing or pictures on it. Students may also purchase a Shaolin shirt to wear to class if they would like.
Are there any required patches?
Yes, there are 3 required patches, a Shaolin school patch, an American Flag patch, and a Hawaiian patch.
What is the significance of the Hawaiian patch?
Read about Master Kimo. For more information click here or see the main system website at www.shaolinkempo.com
Is testing rolled into the monthly tuition?
How do you know if you are ready to test?
Juniors and Pee Wees get 2 stripes on their belt, indicating that they are getting close to testing. Teens and adults do not get stripes, however we will let you know if you are getting close.
Is testing done individually or in a group?
Testing is done in a group. If you or your child is ready to test you will receive a test letter that has the time, location, and test fee.
Who does the testing?
We bring in an instructor from another school in our system to test our students.
Do you have to wear the whole uniform (Gi top, bottem, and belt) to the test?
Yes. You will not be allowed to test without a full uniform and the required patches.
When do you need sparring gear?
Sparring gear is required at Purple belt. However, you can purchase it earlier and use it in class before then.
When can you wear a black gi?
You can start wearing a black gi at purple belt.
Can you mix and match the black and white gi pants?
Not until black belt.
How long does it take to get to black belt?
3 to 6 years.