Kenpo Lineage

Sigung Stephen LaBounty 

10th Degree Black Belt - Senior Master of the Arts

Founder Of Stephen LaBounty’s American Kenpo

Sigung Stephen LaBounty sits at the head of AIK’s Kenpo Lineage and he is AIK’s Senior Instructor.  

Arguably one of the most widely known Kenpoists, there are many in the martial arts who say that Steve LaBounty is the true definition of the "Warrior Spirit."  Having initially come to Ed Parker in 1966 with a background in Judo and having a Black Belt under Al & Jim Tracy (only their third), Mr. LaBounty went on to distinguish himself in the Martial Arts, carrying Mr. Parker's banner wherever he went. 

Both a National and International fighting champion, he is widely sought after on the seminar circuit where he is legendary for his "fighting drills”.  Mr. LaBounty has spent many years in police work and is active as a Law Enforcement Consultant and trainer. Having reached a level of excellence in the "Yang" side of the martial arts, he spent years pursuing an education related to the opposing "Yin" side, and today, as a practicing Acupressurist and Herbalist, teaches seminars in bodywork to martial artists.

At times outspoken, he is always willing to support events and causes he feels will bring the brotherhood closer. A friend to many in the Kenpo community he is often sought after for his wisdom and experience and was one of the founding members of the American Kenpo Senior Council.

AIK is honored to stand in (and be a proud echo of) the lineage of Sigung Stephen LaBounty! We are grateful for his continued instruction, guidance and council - Until the last day…  

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AIK FOUNDERS

 

Mr. Shawn Knight 

7th Degree Black Belt - Senior Professor of the Arts

Co-Founder Of The American Institute of Kenpo

Shawn Knight (1973-Present) studied under the direction of Bill Packer for 15 years. With a background in wrestling, he found Kenpo to be exactly what he needed to balance his knowledge. From his very first lesson, he knew that Kenpo would become his primary focus. Mr. Knight began teaching at the age of 17 and found his life's passion therein.

Over the years, Mr. Knight has been involved in many schools.  He "cut his teeth" in the Pueblo Colorado school - a five year period that he looks back on fondly. Devoted to his training; he would drive from Pueblo, Colorado to Albuquerque, New Mexico every Friday to attend Mr. Packer’s Black Belt Class.

In addition to teaching across the country, Mr. Knight and Mr. Pilch host a yearly training camp where they bring in the top instructors from various disciplines to expand AIK’s knowledge base and share with the martial arts community. All AIK events are non-political and all are welcome who wish to learn and share.  

 

Some of Mr. Knight's accolades include:

• Began Kenpo training 1990  

• Certified Kenpo Instructor 1992 

• Tested & Promoted to 1st Black Belt 1994

• Black Belt of the Year 1995 (AKKA)

• Tested & Promoted to 2nd Black Belt 1995

• Instructor of the Year 1996 (AKKA) 

• Tested & Promoted to 3rd Black Belt 1997

• Worked for Arizona Department of Corrections 2000-2001

• Opened Broadway School September 2001

• Tested & Promoted to 4th Black Belt 2002

• Co-founded American Institute of Kenpo (AIK) 2005

• Inducted into the U.S. Martial Arts Hall Of Fame 2006 

• Promoted to 5th Black by AIK’s Black Belt Board 2007

• Certified Kickboxing Instructor for Pima Community College 2007

• Presented AIK Founder Belt by Sigung and AIK’s Master Council 2009

• Accepted as a personal student of Sigung Stephen LaBounty 2010

• Tested & Promoted to 6th Black Belt by Sigung Stephen LaBounty 2015

• Completed & Released AIK's New Curriculum July 2018

• Promoted to 7th Black Belt by Sigung Stephen LaBounty 2018

Mr. Andrew Pilch

7th Degree Black Belt - Senior Professor of the Arts

Co-Founder Of The American Institute of Kenpo

Andrew Pilch (1977-Present) began studying martial arts at the age of nine in New Mexico. He changed styles several times until he became a student of Mike Winkeljohn – 7th Degree Kenpo Black Belt and former ISKA, IMTO and CHKA World Middleweight Kickboxing Champion. In 1993, Mr. Pilch broadened his studies beyond the traditional Kenpo to include kickboxing and grappling. In 1998, Mr. Pilch moved to Tucson to manage a school - which he later purchased. 

 

Some of Mr. Pilch's accolades include:

• Began Kenpo Training 1986

• Certified Kenpo Instructor 1993

• Tested & Promoted to 1st Black Belt 1995

• Instructor of the Year 1997 (AKKA)

• Tested & Promoted to 2nd Black Belt 1997

• MMA & Kickboxing Fighter

• Tested & Promoted to 3rd Black Belt 2000

• Co-founded American Institute of Kenpo (AIK) 2005

• Promoted to 4th Black Belt by AIK’s Black Belt Board 2007

• Certified Kickboxing Instructor for Pima Community College 2007

• Inducted into the U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame 2007

• Presented AIK Founder Belt by Sigung and AIK’s Master Council 2009 

• Head Kickboxing and MMA Coach for AIK

• Promoted to 5th Black Belt by AIK’s Black Belt Board 2011

• Accepted as a personal student of Sigung Stephen LaBounty 2012

• Tested & Promoted to 6th Black Belt by Sigung Stephen LaBounty 2015

• Completed & Released AIK's New Curriculum July 2018

• Promoted to 7th Black Belt by Sigung Stephen LaBounty 2018

Mrs. Rebecca Knight 

7th Degree Black Belt - Senior Professor of the Arts

AIK’s Director of Operations

Often Mrs. Rebecca Knight lives somewhat in the shadow of her husband.  However, Shawn Knight (her husband) says, “Rebecca stands right beside me in all aspects of our lives together and I find myself within the confines of her shadow almost daily.  There are no words that could adequately express my gratitude for the person that has influenced me beyond the scope of all others in my life”.  

Managing the studio, Mrs. Knight serves as the Director of Operations for the American Institute of Kenpo; she tirelessly serves AIK and her students alike.  Although her demeanor is quiet and at just over five feet tall she is no imposing figure, you will find her to be a giant in the art of Kenpo.  

 

Mrs. Knight is also featured in an organization that spotlights the accomplishment of the Women of Kenpo.  www.kenpowomen.com 

Whatever It Takes - Until The Last Day