SAN LEANDRO, CA — Bowing before entering or leaving the mat is a tradition at each of the Pallen Martial Arts Schools in the Bay Area.
It does not matter if the student is a beginner or a grandmaster. It is a sign of respect.
Respect has been one of the foundations of the Pallen’s Martial Arts School since its founding in 1968.
“In the beginning, we were just, it was just all about my father teaching martial arts to teach other Filipinos how to defend themselves from people that are like bigger than them because Filipinos were pretty small, you know, compared to the other nationalities… It’s really nice to see how we’ve evolved in our philosophy of why or what we teach in regards of martial arts,” said grandmaster Jordan Pallen.
Senior grandmaster Max Pallen began Pallen martial arts in Oakland, California.
And through the years, Pallen has taught kenpo, kajukenbo, tae kwon do, krav maga and Philippine martial arts — senkotiros arnis and escrima.
What started as an immigrant’s dream has turned into a sense of discipline, empowerment and purpose for thousands of students who respectfully entered and exited the mats of Pallen’s Martial Arts, San Leandro over the past 50 years.