Instructors (Left to Right): Stephen Joers, Jessie Soto, Frank Pollara, Ingrid Copple, Art Copple


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.


Frank Pollara and Art Copple were promoted to Black Belt by Senior Grand Master Ed Parker in 1987; and opened Eastgate Kenpo Karate in Springfield Oregon the same year.

We teach 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.

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

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