Mylisa Chrisp started her Kenpo journey in 1991 under Mr. Eller in Spokane, Washington, and earned her black belt in 1996. She was hooked on Kenpo immediately, spending 30 hours per week at the studio. She started teaching very early in her training, mainly because she was always at the school.
She got married in 1994 and moved into the area north of Spokane. Eventually, she transferred to the north Spokane school to train under Mr. Panting. After her second child, her husband indicated his dislike for how much time she was spending training. After many discussions, she decided to take time off from Kenpo. A few years passed, and during a discussion with her husband about depression, he soon realized Kenpo was part of who Mylisa was. He began to see that she was unhappy when she was not doing Kenpo. She started training again, as well as teaching.
Mylisa’s children started training as well, and around 2003, she started having dreams of having her own school. After discussions and encouragement from Senior Master John Sepulveda, she devised a plan to open her own school. In 2006, she built a very small school on her property out in the woods with the intentions to do private lessons with 4-5 students. Before she knew it, she had 30, then 40, then 50 students. Mylisa made the school bigger, and then she made it bigger again.
In 2011, Mr. Sepulveda approached her about replacing Mr. Johnson as the AKTS camp director, and she respectfully accepted. With the help of her family and students, she has been directing the John Sepulveda Spirit Camp ever since. She currently holds the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt. Mylisa has also raised three daughters who have all achieved the rank of Black Belt in Kenpo. Now, after almost 30 years of training and 15 years of having her own school, she continues to train and teach the art she loves.