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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.


“For as long as I’ve know Master Beins, he has been an exemplary leader both in the community and in martial arts. So when it came time to find a place where my 5 year old son DJ could learn the same traditions I enjoyed as a child, ABK was the best choice. Master Beins, along with his whole staff, has created a disciplined and safe environment for both children and adults to train to be their best. In less than a year DJ has developed true confidence (just reached his 6th kyu) and a positive change in attitude. The great family atmosphere at ABK has not only motivated me to work out again, but also has my 4-year old daughter wanting to be a part of the ABK family as well! Thank you Master Beins…Keep kicking!!”

—Darryl Henry

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