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Founded May 10, 1980

In 1980, Sensei Art Beins, with the consent and express permission of his instructor, Grandmaster Raymond Gay, founded the United States Black Cat Kenpo Karate Federation and opened Art Beins Karate in his hometown of Howell, NJ. Since then, Sensei Art Beins has achieved the rank of 10th degree Grandmaster, and the organization has received hundreds of national and international accolades.

These accomplishments and accolades include, but are not limited to:

  • Asbury Park Press, 4-Time, Reader’s Choice Contest, Best of the Best for Monmouth County, New Jersey.
  • Action Martial Arts Magazine’s 2006 National Karate School of the Year.
  • World Family Sokeship’s 1995 Karate School of the Year.
  • Has promoted over 650 outstanding Black Belts.
  • Raised over $300,000 for charities.
  • Hosted the longest running cable martial arts TV show, Karate and You, for 8 years.


Art Beins Karate has earned an extraordinary reputation for producing outstanding students and instructors, making it one of the most sought after self-empowering styles available as well as one of the most successful martial arts schools in America.

ALWAYS HAPPY

“Art Beins Karate has helped me build confidence in myself and what I do. Over the past 6 and a half years that I’ve been enrolled, I’ve made many friends and had many good memories. Now that I’m a Black Belt, I feel accomplishment in what I’ve done, and I’m always happy to go to Karate. Although the road to Black Belt had its good times and bad, I really think it was a great learning experience overall.”

—Christopher Barilla

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