75 North Walnut Street
Mansfield, Ohio 44902

Phone: (419) 522-8224

Martial Arts & Self-Defense

Increase your physical fitness, learn self-defense, and have fun!

Program Offerings

With classes designed for all levels of learners, our martial arts program offerings allow students to learn the basics, build confidence, and experience firsthand the benefits of each discipline.

*Students of other ages can take a class if approved by the instructor. Please note that our instructor reserves the right to place students in the most appropriate level. Please contact the front desk at 419-522-8224 for additional information.

Beginner Kenpo classes are designed for children with little or no martial arts experience. Classes are focused on the basic building blocks of the arts, including blocks, strikes, punches, kicks, stances, foot maneuvers, basic finger techniques, as well as core sets and forms. Each component stage offers a foundation for ongoing training. This practice, which is designed strictly for self-defense, will help children improve their self-confidence through drills that increase focus, power, speed, and overall physical abilities.

New Students/Beginners:

  • Kenpo I – Ages 5-8 – Tuesday 5:45-6:30 pm 
  • Kenpo IA – Ages 5-11 – Thursday 5:45-6:30 pm 
  • Kenpo II – Ages 7-15 – Wednesdays 5:00-6:00 pm 

Returning Students/Advanced:

  • Kenpo III* – Ages 8+ – Tue and/or Thur 5:00-5:45 pm

*Placement required by instructor for Kenpo III

Adult Kenpo classes are for students from beginner to advanced level martial arts.

Beginner instruction focuses on basic skills, while intermediate and advanced students will begin to work on more sophisticated techniques. All students will learn techniques in self-defense and weapons training. Drills are designed to improve accuracy, power, speed, balance, focus, and confidence. Our classes focus on both striking and self-defense techniques.

The more advanced student will learn sparring techniques, strategies, and combinations while incorporating offensive and defensive grafting skills. Advanced students will also learn more refined sets and forms of Kenpo like blocking, kicking, finger techniques, coordination, stances, striking and punching combinations, and weapons. Instruction also includes more in-depth self-defense techniques.

All Belt Ranks Included

Tuesdays/Thursdays 6:30-7:30 PM

Ages 16+

This Filipino fighting art is designed to be an injury-free training method and self-defense system using sticks and weapons. Great for staying fit and achieving unique mental benefits for both beginners and advanced practitioners.

All Belt Ranks Included  Ages 7+

Modern Arnis class will return in the Fall.  Please check back in August for class availability.

Stay safe and keep moving, all at the same time. These classes are taught by a self-defense expert and will allow you to build the skills necessary for defending yourself in real-life situations.

$8/single or $15/couple

Mother Daughter Self Defense class will return in the Fall.  Please check back in August for class availability.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

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Meet Your Instructor

Jason Farnsworth is considered an expert in Kenpo with the following experience:

  • 1st Degree Black Belt – Tae Kwon Do – February 26,1993
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt – Tae Kwon Do – August 19, 1997
  • 1st Degree Black Belt – American Kenpo Karate – November 13, 1998 (Hatfield / Wedlake)
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt – American Kenpo Karate – July 13, 2002 (Hatfield / Wedlake)
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt – American Kenpo Karate – June 24, 2005 (Hatfield / Wedlake)
  • 4th Degree Black Belt – American Kenpo Karate – June 1 , 2007 (Hatfield / Wedlake)
  • 5th Degree Black Belt – American Kenpo Karate – November 12, 2011 (Doyle / Planas)
  • 6th Degree Black Belt – American Kenpo Karate – August 17, 2019 (Doyle / Planas).

Jason has over 100 hours of training logged with Mr. Wedlake and hundreds of hours logged Training under Mr. Planas. Past teaching took place at Galligher’s Field of Dreams, November 2006 – September 2007 and Spirit Ohio Sports Academy September 2007 – July 2017.

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What Others Are Saying

Jason Farnsworth over the years has been more than my instructor of American Kenpo. He's been an instructor for life as well. I've often said that there are only a handful of people that I would drop what I was doing to go help and he is one of these people. Jason has seen me at my lowest and never judged me, and at my best he continues to push me towards excellence. Excellence in combat and excellence in life. Jason can debate the Martial Arts with the best of them. On the mat he is a leader whose power, speed and control is that of mastery. Off the mat he is my dear friend.

Shane Price Kenpo Student, Richland Academy of the Arts

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