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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.


“We are fortunate enough to have all three of our children as students at Art Beins Karate. As parents you want the best for your child, not just in the moment, but in the future as well. Starting them out with a strong foundation is most important, and we believe that karate is more than just an activity, it is the key to future success. At Art Beins Karate, our children not only learn kicks, they learn dedication; they not only learn how to block, they learn how to respect; and most importantly, they not only learn self-defense, they also learn about commitment. The instructors at Art Beins Karate are exceptional and they make learning fun, exciting, and meaningful. We cannot thank you enough for helping us to turn our three beautiful children into strong, conscientious, responsible and successful adults.”

—Teresa and Joe Dige, Office Manager/Self Employed

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