Karazenpo Go Shinjutsu Black Belt Society Member
ChunJiDo International Affiliate
ChunJiDo International
Member Schools of the Duncan's Martial Arts Family
Dragon-Phoenix Martial Arts
Swan's Martial Arts Academy
Syracuse Academy of Self Defense
New World Martial Arts Affiliate
New World Martial Arts Affiliate
Al Lima's
Studio of Self Defense
Al Lima's Studio of Self Defense
Kenpo Martial Arts Center
Kenpo Martial Arts Center


Am I too old to start martial arts?

Absolutely not. You should be clear what you want to get out of a martial arts class and talk to the instructor about your goals to make sure what is being taught lines up with your goals.

How long will it take me to get my black belt?

We usually say it's not the destination you should be focused on but the journey instead. Depending on what age you start, it takes around 4-5 years but can take shorter or longer. Many factors go into this process. Remember the belt merely holds your uniform together. The knowledge and skill acquired are the most important things you should take from any martial arts instruction.

School News

Duncan's Martial Arts Re-Opens for In Person Training

September 2020

Syracuse, NY

Duncan's Martial Arts is happy to annouce that we have returned to in person training!!

Your health and safety are very important to us. As a result we have set up some policies and procedures for our students and their families to follow while training with us.

  • Families are asked to drop off and pick up students from classes. We have very limited capacity in order to maintain social distancing. You are welcome to wait in your cars during classes.
  • Students must come to class dressed in their uniforms. Changing in the locker rooms or bathrooms are not permitted at this time.
  • Students should enter through the front doors and will exit through the rear doors to help maintain social distancing between classes.
  • Students are welcome to wear masts while training.
  • All students will be training with an 8 ft. distance between students. Family members in the same class may be allowed to train at closer distances.
  • Students must bring their own water bottles. You may not share unless you are in the same family.
  • Bathrooms will be cleaned hourly to maintain a healthy environment.
  • At this time, all classes will be 45 minutes in length to allow for our staff to clean the space and maintain social distancing between participants attending classes.

We are so excited to continue your training in person but understand some may not be comfortable returning to in-person training at this time. Please contact Professor Duncan to discuss any concerns you may have and discuss membership arrangments.

Professor Al Lima Promoted to 8th Degree Black Belt

March 31, 2019

Hudson, NH

Professor Rudy Duncan promotes Professor Al Lima to 8th Degree Black Belt
During the Annual New Hampshire Martial Arts Symposium in Manchester, NH Master Al Lima was promoted to 8th Degree Black Belt by Professor Rudy Duncan, Head of the International Kemchido Combat Association. He was also awarded the title of "Professor". Professor Lima was recognized in front of many of his peer and students for his decades of service and dedication to the martial arts.

Professor Al Lima is the owner and founder of Al Lima's Studio of Self-Defense in 1980 in Lowell, MA and relocated to Hudson, NH in 1990. Proudly served in the United States Marine Corp. In December 2006, he was inducted into the World Martial Arts Federation's Black Belt Hall of Fame as "Kenpo Master Instructor of the Year". He also joined the ChunJiDo International Martial Arts Organization in 2014.