Kempo

“Shaolin Kempo”

The style of martial arts we proudly study is called Shaolin Kempo. “Shaolin” is Chinese for “young forest,” where Shaolin Kung Fu originated. “Kempo” is Japanese for “law of the fist.”

Shaolin Kempo combines the circular, fluid motion of Chinese Kung Fu and linear, powerful movements of Japanese Karate. It is a highly effective, practical art for street self defense. In addition, it implements joint manipulations and grappling tactics of Jujutsu.

Shaolin Kempo develops all ranges of combat: long, middle, and close. It also utilizes all four ways of fighting: striking, kicking, felling, and grappling, unlike most other martial arts that focus on just one or two of these.

Training consists of numerous fun and practical methods, including: classical basics, striking pads and heavy bags, self defense techniques, sparring, and kata (forms). Through the training in Shaolin Kempo, students will develop the Five Shaolin Animal styles, which encompass different body types and fighting tactics: the Tiger, Dragon, Leopard, Crane, and Snake.

The depth of Shaolin Kempo keeps it exciting and mentally stimulating for years upon years. It is not uncommon for a black belt practitioner to realize new, advanced concepts about basic moves they learned at the early ranks!

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