While martial arts is often glamorized in the entertainment industry with its over-the-top fighting scenes and dynamic personas, Madera sensei Jose Renteria wants to show his students that there is much more to the sport.
Renteria, 55, is the owner and main instructor at Renteria’s Martial Arts Studio of Madera, 200 W. Olive Ave., which is home to 165 students including six brown belts and 13 sensei (black belt teachers).
“I always tell the parents that their kids are here to build up their confidence,” Renteria said. “It can help them break out of their shell and teach them leadership skills. It can help them with discipline and open up their minds because fighting is not the answer, it never is. Fighting can get you in trouble and you always lose, something can go wrong. Other types of fighting where they go out and try to beat each other up is really for show.”
Renteria’s dojo, which opened in 2005 and has expanded since, is a kenpo-based venue for students ages 5 and up in different division ranks...