About Zanshin Kenjutsu
Zanshin Kenjutsu Kenpo Karate was founded by Grand Master Paul Parent and Grand Master Chris Horlbogen in March of 2012. Grand Master Paul Parent began his martial arts career in 1994, studying American Kenpo until achieving the rank of Brown Belt. At that time he met Professor Nick Cerio and began learning Nick Cerio's Kenpo. After purchasing a license to open a Nick Cerio school from Professor Cerio, Grand Master Paul began training with Professor Cerio and achieved the rank of Black Belt and Sensei in 1996. After Professor Cerio's untimely death in 1998, Grand Master Paul approached Grandmaster Mark Sheeley and asked him to consider taking him as a student. Grand Master Paul left Nick Cerios Karate and began training with Grandmaster Mark Sheeley in Cumberland Rhode Island. In April of 2006, he achieved the rank Godan(5th) and the title of Shihan, meaning ‘Master Teacher’. Grand Master proceeded to achieve his Rokudan(6th) and on November 12th 2011 he achieved the dan rank of Shichidan(7th) and the title of Kyoshi. The "Kyo" in Kyoshi means "professor" or "philosophy". Therefore, Kyoshi equals a "professor" capable of teaching the philosophy of the martial arts.
Grand Master Paul Parent
On June 1st, 2013, Kyoshi Paul was promoted to Hachidan(8th) by Grandmaster Steve Nugent and the International Kenpo Council of Grandmasters. On October 25th 2015 he achieved his Kudan(9th) rank and title of Grand Master from the Komushin Zanshin Ryu Federation headed by Soki Wali Islam! In addition to his excellence in mastering the martial arts, Grand Master Paul has accomplished many achievements. He has worked with police departments throughout the country as a Defensive Tactics Instructor. He has trained with Lew Hicks, President of Hicks Training Systems. In 2001 Grand Master Paul became a member of Grandmaster Sheeley's Hall of Fame. In response to community concerns Grand Master Paul holds Women's Self-Defense seminars, teaching basic methods of defense if confronted by an attacker. Grand Master Paul also has founded the Zanshin Kenjutsu Charity Foundation. The goal of the foundation is to raise money for one particular charity each year and to contribute to the community whenever possible. He is also very knowledgeable about weapons and specializes in weapons of all varieties.
During this same period
of time Grand Master Chris also kept training with Grandmaster Sheeley and proceeded to achieve his Rokudan(6th degree, June 29th 2008) and on June 26th 2011 he achieved the dan rank of Shichidan(7th) and the title of Kyoshi.On June 1st, 2013, Grand Master Chris was promoted to Hachidan(8th) by Grandmaster Steve Nugent and the International Kenpo Council of Grandmasters. On October 25th 2015 he achieved his Kudan(9th) rank and title of Grand Master from the Komushin Zanshin Ryu Federation headed by Soki Wali Islam!
Grand Master Chris Horlbogen began his martial arts training in Nick Cerio’s Kenpo in Cumberland RI under Grandmaster Mark Sheeley. Kyoshi Chris attained his Shodan(1st degree) on Dec. 14th 1990, at which time Professor Cerio awarded him his Sensei(Teacher) title. He then proceeded to attain his Nidan(2nd degree, Dec. 6th 1992) and Sandan(3rd degree, Dec. 3rd 1994) ranks in Nick Cerio’s Kenpo. After the untimely passing of Professor Cerio in October of 1998 there was a period of change that would end in the birth of a Kenpo organization founded by Grandmaster Sheeley. During this period Grand Master Chris attained the rank of Yondan(4th degree, March 21st 1999) from Grandmaster Sheeley in the art of kenpo which was witnessed and verified by Sifu Glen Hart. On November 13th 2004, he achieved the rank Godan(5th degree) and the title of Shihan, meaning ‘Master Teacher’. After achieving his Master title in 2004 Grand Master Chris started training with Soke Wali Islam in Komushin Ryu Kenjutsu which is the art of Samurai weapons. On November 12th 2009 Soke Wali Islam awarded Grand Master Chris his master teaching license, Menkyo Kaiden, in the Samurai weapons arts.
Grand Master Chris Horlbogen
Zanshin Kenjutsu Kenpo Karate seeks to maintain the integrity of Nick Cerio's Kenpo Karate/Kensho-Ryu, and to pass the teachings of Professor Cerio and Grandmaster Mark Sheeley on to new generations of martial arts students. Professor Cerio was an admirer of Shotokan Karate, and in the development of his own uniquely powerful system of Kenpo drew upon many of the stregths of Shotokan while maintaining the fluidity, speed and devastating effectiveness of the art of Kenpo. Zanshin Kenjutsu Kenpo Karate maintains the blend of Shotokan's linear power along with the speed and ferocity of Kenpo that Professor Cerio developed.