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Attention Louisville! There is no quicker way to advance to Black Belt then Private Instruction! Private Lessons are available at Bluegrass Martial Arts by Appointment.

A 30 Minute Block once a week will supplement the evening class attendance, and Turbo Charge your path to Black Belt! 

If your schedule does not allow participation in our evening group classes then you can invest in an earlier one on one time slot that is just for you.

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Kenpo is a self-defense system characterized by fast explosions of multiple strikes delivered to multiple targets. Kenpo Karate does not so much teach a set of standard responses to a set of limited scenarios, but rather teaches a set of principles that can be applied in any situation.

A simple translation of Kenpo Karate would be “Law of the Fist and Empty Hand”. Kenpo is a comprehensive system of modern self-defense. It is a deliberate and scientific take on modern self-defense.

Kenpo Karate utilizes striking combinations and Jujutsu to control an attacker. Kenpo as taught at Bluegrass Martial Arts is an adjusted version of the American and Traditional Kenpo Systems. There is greater emphasis on restraining an opponent, and targets are adjusted to be appropriate for a family friendly setting.


Purchase as many 30 Minute Time Slots as you like, and use that time to learn the Kenpo Karate system, or Invest it in learning the Bluegrass Martial Arts Kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu, or Weapons material.

Your Time can also be Shared with other Family Members, or a Friend if you wish. Split the cost, or don’t, its completely up to you.

EVERY Private lesson will give you a good workout of Target Drills, Kicking the Shield and Punching on the Mitts. You will gain strength and lose some weight, but our focus is helping you learn the Kenpo Karate System Safe and Fun, One on One! 


For thousands of years, people have turned to the martial arts to learn to defend themselves. Traditional martial arts have a time-proven system for teaching self-defense, as well as self-discipline, self-confidence, and perseverance.

Unfortunately, many busy adults just don’t have the time it takes to study a full traditional martial art. They need a program that is available on a schedule they can arrange. 

If your evenings are already committed and you can’t participate in our AMAZING evening classes, then Private Lessons can be arranged.

Dear Friend,

According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics, the likelihood of being the victim of a violent crime is over 80% for the average person over their lifetime. Those are pretty high odds.

When will it happen to YOU and what will you be able to do about it?

Hi, my name is Sensei Samuel Conver, and I’m sorry to be the one to tell you that personal self-defense skills are no longer an elective–they are a requirement for living in our modern society.

I’m also very proud to tell you that HUNDREDS of men and women in the Louisville  area are safer, stronger, and have better peace of mind because they have practiced Real-World Self-Defense at Bluegrass Martial Arts.

– Sensei Samuel Conver
Bluegrass Martial Arts


Most frequently asked questions and answers

Our Self-Defense program is based on decades of research and development in the real world.

Our students learn simple but practical skills to first avoid, but then to quickly eliminate any threat you might encounter on the street.

You’ll feel more confident armed with the knowledge that you can handle any situation you might be confronted with.

Our Self-Defense program covers every component of self-defense and fitness. You will improve cardio, strength, agility, flexibility, and endurance through our classes. There is no other workout that is so complete and engaging!

It truly is a total body workout.


One of the best parts of our program is that every student is treated as an individual, and will progress at their own rate.

Each student’s progress isn’t measured against other students, but rather against their own previous performance.

So, even students that aren’t as physically fit as the star quarterback of a football team can have a wonderful experience in our program and become stronger, fitter, and more flexible.

The great thing about our program is that everyone is treated as an individual.

We have students as young as 3 or 4, and as old as 94!

Since every person is different, the best (and really, ONLY) way to see if our program is a good fit for you is to take advantage of one of our WEB SPECIALS and try it for yourself!

I’m 100% confident you’ll have a great time!

Our program is FUNDAMENTALLY different!

In a typical exercise program, you may be getting a good workout, but you’re really not learning much of anything.

Our programs will not only keep you excited and motivated because of our high-energy instruction that always keeps classes fresh and interesting, but you’ll also be learning real practical skills that could one day save your life.

Our students find this learning process incredibly engaging and challenges them to truly master their technique. I guess this is the reason our students stick with our program while previous workouts have failed them.

We know how busy your life is, so our program is designed for the busy person. Students can make exciting progress by attending classes an average of twice a week.

Some students will want to attend more classes and that’s great–we have options for that!

Really, the only way to know if our program is a good fit for you and your family is to try it out!

We have some GREAT WEB SPECIALS, so you can try the program with no strings attached and for yourself how the program will benefit you or your whole family. 

Bluegrass Martial Arts reviews

Payton Perkins
Payton Perkins
I go there almost every week, a good sensei who is great with kids and talks with his students to get them to understand what their doing, he does a variety of different classes like weapons, hand targets and Judo. Overall a good place with a friendly sensei.
Chris Owens
Chris Owens
Sam is the embodiment of the martial arts. A true master and black belt and life, not just in the dojo. You won't find a better teacher either.
My son has attended karate classes here off & on for several years, & is currently taking private lessons. Sam is an excellent teacher with lots of patience. Highly recommended!
Hobbes Crk
Hobbes Crk
I can say nothing but how awesome this place is! I have studied here in two stints before life getting in the way, but I can think of no other karate system that teaches to the level of this place. BMA really has it all no matter what you are looking for, be it casual or serious. Definitely returning if I can!
Benjamin West
Benjamin West
I’ve known the owner/instructor, Sam, since 2007. Not only is he the best martial arts instructor I’ve personally been involved with, but he is also a great family man with good morals. He eats, sleeps, and breathes martial arts and is a wealth of knowledge. Most importantly, he is humble and never belittles people. If you’re interested in learning real self defense and being part of a family environment, then this is the place.
Dean Wilkins
Dean Wilkins
Amazing group rates, and really helped my children developed a hobby that they'll carry forward in life.
Rarest Pupper
Rarest Pupper
Fantastic explanations into each movement, clean, and very friendly. Would recommend for families or anybody looking for a new work out plan or to get into martial arts.
Annisa Perkins
Annisa Perkins
My son loves Sam! Bluegrass will always be family! Thank you!!
Jennifer Richards
Jennifer Richards
Amazing place. Sensei is amazing and knows how to work well with the kids! Would recommend to anyone


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Although many people think the martial arts are just about fighting, the truth is that the physical “kicking and punching” are really just the tools that I use to teach the more important, and MUCH more valuable lessons about yourself.

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