Welcome to Kent Institute of Martial Art

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At Kent Institute of Martial Art what truly matters is the experience of the individual

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Different Ages

Different Personalities

Different Physiques

Different Goals

At the Kent Institute of Martial Art we view each student as an individual with their own talents, abilities, goals, and desires. The Kent Institute of Martial Art serves as an oasis of self-discovery, an environment where the students become motivated to actively and enthusiastically participate in their own development and do so to the best of their ability. Our goal isn't merely to instruct -- we work to inspire students to think for themselves and cultivate the tools and skills they need to become well-rounded, liberated, creative martial artists. 

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and work in all sorts of professions, and each has their own reason for training. But they all have one thing in common; they're interested in exploring the potential of both their body and mind, developing greater self-knowledge, and enriching their life. We are here to serve those people.

We believe the goal of a true martial artist should be to fully actualize his or her potential as a human being – not simply physical potential, but intellectual and spiritual development as well.


At the Kent Institute, our training programs are designed around "quality" rather than "quantity" of students. We offer our students a rational, well thought-out, dynamic program of "TOTAL" martial art training designed to develop every facet of their combative arsenal and encompassing all facets of self defense.

Private Training -- One-on-one private training sessions are designed to serve the needs of busy people with hectic schedules, who either do not have the time to devote to training several hours per week in a group class environment, or prefer not to.

Private training allows a person of any gender or level of physical condition to explore the potentials of their body and mind in a safe, professional, non-competitive environment that is free from external distractions.  Personalized private training programs are specifically designed to fit the student’s fitness and technical level, as well as their desires, goals, etc.

Read what students have to say about training at the Kent Institute:

"World-class instruction, fantastic training partners and a welcoming learning environment. Chris Kent's Jeet Kune Do is an investment in one's self. The best investment I'ver ever made."

Bo Wahl


“The way you can explain a concept 4+different ways so everyone can understand it, then challenge us physically and mentally with our safety being paramount, you set the bar high, I never did find another class as I moved throughout the west that was even close to the quality of instruction I received from you. This was truly a highlight of my life.”

Robb Jones
Member of the first CKJKD class in Boise 


"CKJKD is a great place to train. Family environment and non-pretentious. World-class instruction and continual learning; no matter how long you have trained."

Ann Wilson


“There are many places to train martial arts out there, but if you’re looking to training in an environment that's authentic and genuine, then look no further than Chris Kent JKD. Sifu Chris will bring out the best in your abilities, whether you are a novice practitioner or an experienced martial artist.  All curriculum is clear, specific, focused, direct and to the point. Sifu Chris’s depth of knowledge and understanding is clear from the moment you step foot in the studio. His patience and willingness to teach are unparalleled in my opinion.
Andy Tapella

“My wife, Gena, and I moved to Boise in 2018. I had searched for a Shotokan Karate dojo where I could continue training. There were none available so I expanded my search for other arts. That’s when I discovered Chris Kent’s Jeet Kune Do, and our lives literally changed. Always a big fan of Bruce Lee, I learned that JKD is much more than just another martial art style. In fact, it’s not a style at all, but the philosophy and science of expressing oneself in combative form. Gena joined with me and it has been the best experience of our lives. Sifu Chris is not simply an instructor. He is a coach and a mentor. His ability to read his students and then teach each one of them according to how they best learn is like having a private lesson each time we go to class. Over the last three years we have been learning under Sifu Chris we have discovered the potential we have as individuals, and have witnessed the leaps and strides we have made in our personal growth. Jeet Kune Do is not simply a martial art, but a lifestyle. It transcends into every area of life. Sifu Chris has been studying and teaching JKD for almost fifty years, and Genas and I feel so blessed to be his students.”
Michael Muehle


“I have been training with Sifu Chris Kent for over 21 years and have become part of his instructor staff. I say that because not only have I learned so much from him as a martial artist, but I have also learned so much about how to teach martial arts! Sifu Kent is known in the martial arts, specifically the JKD? Kali community both nationally and internationally as one of the top guys, leaders and instructors in the world! He has become, as his teacher/mentor Sifu Dan Inosanto is, a “master teacher” himself!”
Joffrey Stone


“My husband and I have been training with Sifu Chris Kent for a couple of years now. Sifu Chris is patient, warm and non-intimidating, with a backgraound that is second to none. He treats all of his students like family. In each class, he creates an open environment with instruction that is safe, clear, down-to-earth and practical. He is a gem in the gem state.
Christelle and Jim Lyman


“I started my path in Jeet Kune Do and Kali in 2001. Sifu Kent taught and guided me to discover my potential as a person through Jeet Kune Do. Twenty years later I’m still Blasting and Learning JKD!”
Rizalde Baylon

“Sifu Chris Kent is without doubt one of the best instructors that have ever had the privilege to train under. His expertise in JKD/Kali is second to none. The Chris Kent Institute is a fun, energetic, and very welcoming place to train.”
Jerry Edwards

“Chris Kent JKD is an experience. Here you have the opportunity to not only be a part of Bruce Lee’s legacy, but to be a part of something dynamic and bigger than yourself.  Classes are relatively small and feel more like family gatherings. I encourage anyone with a love of martial arts to come visit regardless of martial art knowledge or fitness level.”
Israel Ayola


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Chris Kent Jeet Kune Do Training Center -- Kent Institue of Martial Arts

Kent Institute of Martial Art

3015 W. State Street

Boise, Idaho 83703

Phone: 208.629.6900

E-mail: chriskentjkd@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook/chriskentjkd

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