The vision of Eastgate Kenpo is to build a better community by helping people get into shape, be safe and at the same time instill the life skills and character of a true martial artist.

Upholding important values like courtesy, patience, respect, self-control and integrity.

These values and life skills will lead to remarkable improvements in academics, careers, and relationships, literally making a better community one Black Belt at a time.

We are committed to providing quality Martial Arts instruction to each and every student. We place a strong emphasis on discipline and respect, with all our teaching done as if we were working with our own family.

We provide classes for Children age 4 and up, Teens and Adults.


Our Art is Ed Parker’s “AMERICAN KENPO” as taught by Professor Skip Hancock, personal student of the late Senior Grand Master Ed Parker.

American Kenpo is a self-defense system that incorporates hand strikes, kicking, submission grappling and weapons with a realistic approach to defending yourself in today’s world.

Frank Pollara received his black belt along with Art Copple in Ed Parker’s American Kenpo in 1987.

Soon after receiving their black belt Frank & Art traveled with Ed Parker and a group of martial artist’s to Sidney Australia putting on demonstrations and doing promotional events.

In 1987, Frank along with Art Copple opened Eastgate Kenpo Karate in Springfield Oregon.

We have continued our training with Skip Hancock, a student of Ed Parker’s and the founder of the Kenpo 2000 organization.

Through Skip Hancock Frank Pollara & Art Copple have earned a 6th degree Black Belt.

Eastgate Kenpo Karate has been teaching practical Self-Defense for Men, Women and Children since 1987!

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