Kenvin Form refers to the traditional nine base Tae Kwon Do forms we practice, which date to 405 A.D. when they were formalized. These forms were practiced for 1600 years, predominantly by daoist monks in Korea. In the 1960’s, Master Richard Kenvin, then in the US Army, and having earned a black belt in Chung Do Kwan (one of the kwans, or styles, of Tae Kwon Do), was taken into the mountains by his instructor to meet these monks. He was accepted by them as a student and he spent the next two years learning and studying the forms from them. When asked what the monks called the system, they simply replied “What is, is.” When Master Kenvin returned to the US, he began teaching the forms system, giving it the name “Kenvin Form” to give the forms an identity in western culture. Master Kenvin is certified by Kukkiwon, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) governing body in Korea, as a Master Instructor, and the Kenvin Form system is recognized as a kwan, or style, by Kukkiwon. Master Kenvin has taught several thousand students in over 40 years of teaching. He has been an AAU certified Tae Kwon Do coach at the state and Olympic level and has trained students for Olympic competition.
Mr. Scott Hornung, 4th degree black belt, is the Chief Instructor in the Kenvin Form Martial Arts Academy. Mr. Hornung began his martial arts training in 1983, studying Aikido under Sensei Yukio Utada in the Yoshinkai style of Aikido in Philadelphia for four years, as well as studying Aikijitsu, Jiujitsu, and Hapkido. Mr. Hornung continued his training and practice of those arts until 1995 when he began training with Master Kenvin in New Jersey. Mr. Hornung earned his 1st degree black belt in 1997, a 2nd degree black belt in 1998 and becoming a full instructor, 3rd degree black belt in 2003, and 4th degree black belt in 2008. Mr. Hornung began teaching students of his own in 1998 and after relocating to New Hampshire, opened the Kenvin Form Martial Arts Academy in 2000.
“Tae Kwon Do” – The term means “Way of Foot and Fist”. It is a generic term, like “karate”. There are many, many kwans or styles of what we now call “Tae Kwon Do”. Tae Kwon Do was unified and formalized in the 1950’s by General Choi in Korea, who sought to bring unity to the Korean martial arts so that they could be nationalized and promoted throughout the world. For many years, Tae Kwon Do enjoyed top popularity among martial arts in the world and still remains widely popular today. It is important to note that there isn’t one style of Tae Kwon Do or one style of Karate or one style of Kung Fu. There are many styles and variations.
Mr. Hornung teaches a mixed martial arts (MMA) curriculum based on Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Jiu Jitsu, Aikijitsu, Hapkido and Boxing. The Kenvin Form traditional Tae Kwon Do system is the foundation of our system. But we recognize and believe that to properly defend and protect oneself and our loved ones, we must be capable in all phases of personal defense—standing, clinch/contact and on the ground.
Self defense is taught in terms of “principles”. Learning principles and applying them to self defense, we believe, is a superior way to learn self defense, as compared to learning by applying a specific technique to a specific attack. Real situations are unpredictable and it is therefore our belief that by learning principles, any number of techniques or adjustments can be made in a given situation. If a technique doesn’t work, we try to adjust it according to the principle or abandon it in favor of another principle.
We seek to avoid and escape violent or potentially violent situations. We seek to obey state and federal laws but assert and protect our God-given rights affirmed in the Constitution when applying force to stop a perceived or real threat of violence.
We value sport oriented training and tournaments, but our approach is based on cooperation to perfect techniques. We also train in free fighting, which is an MMA-based approach to fighting and not appropriate for participation in sport Tae Kwon Do tournaments. We train to fight in standing positions, we train to grapple and we train in ground fighting, and we learn to move between these with equal ability so that we are well-rounded in all aspects of personal defense.
This is a Christian ministry. The Kenvin Form Martial Arts Academy was conceived as and remains a Christian ministry. It is our desire and calling to provide martial art instruction, and we consider it a blessing to be able to share the gifts that God has given us. There are no class fees or registration fees. The only fees are for Black Belt ranks, due to the costs associated with the issuing of a black belt rank certificate, special black belt uniform, and embroidered belt. We pray after rank tests to give thanks to our Lord who blesses and sustains us and our ministry. We support each other in prayer and fellowship as well. We strive to reflect Christ in our interactions with one another.