Grand Master Arquilla opened the Iron Dragon Kosho Shorei Martial Arts Institute in 1992, and he still teaches, continues his personal study, and trains several hours a day six days per week. His students still learn from the original Tracy Chinese Kenpo manuals of the late 1960s along with additional material from Kosho Shorei, Japanese and Korean hard styles, Northern and Southern Gung Fu, and Tai Chi, which he has added to enhance their knowledge of their core Kenpo system. Throughout Grand Master Arquilla’s life he has proven to himself that the self-defense techniques of Kenpo work in the real world. He never intended to stay in Kenpo, but he has never yet found a more complete self-defense system in all his studies. His teaching of fight theory revolves around this experience. He believes that martial arts should be available to anyone, but it isn’t for everyone.
At Iron Dragon, students must learn all aspects of martial arts, including Kenpo as it was taught to him, with sparring and practical self-defense techniques; body hardening through San Chin, makiwara, iron palm, and wing chun dummy training; Northern and Southern Gung Fu as they relate to Kenpo; Kosho Shorei; and Tai Chi and meditation for health and to strengthen the mind. He has found that martial arts improve everyone who trains. It enhances who they are, and they become more fully what they already are inside. Watching students grow and change as people is as rewarding as seeing them become accomplished martial artists.