Tempe Shao-Lin Kempo

Chief Instructor, Richard Arnold- 2nd Degree Black Belt

Our Programs

Today’s hectic world makes it difficult to take time for yourself. You hear repeatedly how you are supposed to eat right and exercise properly. Then you are inundated with advertising for fast foods and labor saving devices. It’s enough to make you scream!

Fortunately, there is an answer that has stood the test of time. For over 100 generations, men and women have found the answers to their questions hidden in plain sight: the Martial Arts. At American Schools of Shao-Lin Kempo, we will show you how to increase your energy, confidence, and your defense skills.

Many people believe they need to prepare in some way before they begin. Our Program is designed to give you the tools and encouragement to aid you on your quest, regardless of skill level or athletic ability. Whether you are seeking better fitness, stress reduction, flexibility, defense skills for work or leisure, the Highly Qualified Instructors will patiently set out the steps that have been developed over the generations.

While the rest of the world chases the current fad, American Schools of Shao-Lin Kempo has maintained a discipline of teaching that transcends the fads. Our methods are based on the idea that simple movements practiced become foundations. Foundations well established become structures. Structures that are completed will support families for generations.

We’re open 6 days a week to enable you to work out with us even if you have an incredibly busy schedule. You can learn new skills with as little as 30 minutes a week. The Martial Arts is acquired minutes at a time, which become hours, days, weeks, months, years and lifetimes.

Our approach is consistent. Our Dojo’s (Training Halls) are clean. Our Instructors are knowledgeable and patient. Our students come from all walks of life that come together to grow.

That’s why we say, come try it, and you’ll say, "American Schools of Shao-Lin Kempo is Simply the Best”

Using the original purpose of the Arts (health benefits) and combining it with more than 13,000 children that have trained here with us, we have developed a Program for your child that teaches them how to become their absolute best.


At American Schools of Shao-Lin Kempo, we begin with teaching the 3 ½ - 6 year olds how to:

  • Develop personal discipline
  • Follow directions.
  • Get along with other kids and teachers.
  • Spot danger and effectively deal with it.
  • Develop a sense of greatness from within.
  • They look forward to coming and having FUN!

Big Kids

In the 7-12 group they learn swiftly and are capable of precise and exacting movements. We introduce the concept of winning without fighting and help them prepare for the teenage years. The shy ones develop confidence and become more outgoing. The ones that have weight or health issues are taught methods of development that can often times be an alternative solution for many problems. We encourage good conduct and proper social interactions.


Our teens excel. They develop the ability to work thru difficult situations while gaining physical and emotional strength. The confidence they gain will give them an edge when they apply for that job or entrance to college. It’s an internal confidence that all the children get when they learn how to move precisely and dynamically. These skills help them make the right choices.

Parents think we’re great, kids LOVE us.

Call a Dojo near you to set up a trial lesson and see how much your child will enjoy learning the Martial Arts.

Summer Clinic

Master Pearl will present White Tiger. The next Clinic is August 24th 2024.

ASSK Invitational Classic

Every year hundreds of students from Oregon and Arizona converge to compete against each other and demonstrate their skills. Next tournament is May 17, 2025.

Winter Clinic

In February of each year Master Pearl puts on a clinic in a warm weather location. Next clinic is Feb 13-16 2025.

About Tempe

Call us to schedule your trial today! 480-838-1962