Hi, my name is Douglas DeBarger, I’m the owner of Kempo Academy Evolution. I began my martial arts journey In 1983 when I Joined the United States Military. I started with basic combat training. I also began taking both Boxing and Taekwondo Classes, while stationed at Ft Eustis, Virginia. Martial Arts reappeared in my life in 2000 when my son was 3 and, at the time, was convinced that he would be the next Red Power Ranger. I restarted my journey with both my son and when she was old enough, my daughter also took classes. By luck we happened upon a Kempo School and we have all reached the goal of Black Belt. Having a household full of black belts is a proud feeling for a parent. My kids are awesome and confident. My martial arts journey has had a positive and profound impact on my life. When I opened my school in 2008, I made a commitment to serving and empowering the community of Westport by teaching children and adults the confidence, leadership and fitness skills that can only be achieved through martial arts, which is something they can carry into their everyday lives.
There is no “One Best” Martial Arts Style. There is a “One Best” version of yourself. Building on your strengths, learning to grow from your failures and weaknesses. This takes your best effort invested into yourself. The time to start is now. Join us as we empower ourselves and our community with martial arts!