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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.


“As a 37-year old mom of two, working a full-time job, and coaching, I have completely lost track of taking care of myself. I have been an athlete all of my life and working out was always my first priority. It’s been a couple years now since I have made excuses about finding the time to work out and putting everyone and everything else first. One day I reached my lowest of feeling good, and I knew I had to do something about it. I didn’t want to do the old boring gym anymore or workout to videos. I needed something different, tough, and challenging. Something that I could stick with and love! I walked by Art Beins Karate one morning when a group of people were working out soo hard to loud music and sweating a lot. I knew I had to try it! It’s been 3 months now being a part of Art Beins Karate, and it’s now part of my life schedule every week. It’s one of the toughest kickboxing classes I ever took and even more rewarding getting through it. The instructors are genuine and push you past your limits! My body is changing, I am keeping up with the class, and I am getting stronger. I even breathe and walk better. I feel great and alive again! It keeps me sane and gets all my aggression out during the week, so that I am ready for the everyday challenges of my lifestyle. Thank you to the awesome instructors, thank you to the dedicated members, and thank you Art Beins Karate for giving me focus again!”

—Teresa DiMezza

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