Shaolin Kempo Karate

Kempo karate is a martial art that teaches self-defense and self-control through three primary methods: self-defense techniques, katas, and sparring. Kempo karate emphasizes vital point attacks using punches, strikes, and kicks.

Self-defense techniques are physical instantaneous defensive and/or offensive responses to an immediate physical threat to oneself and/or a loved one. Role playing help students develop their self-defense skills by allowing them to practice using different threatening situations and experimenting with multiple what-if scenarios.

Katas help students to develop mental concentration, discipline and balance. They are a series of preset moves intended to simulate defending oneself against a single or multiple opponents. The actual steps or moves will include different stances, blocks, strikes, kicks, and even trapping techniques.

Kumite (also known as freestyle or sparring) is an exercise in which students test their techniques, self-control, concentration and confidence in a friendly competition with their fellow classmates. It gives students the opportunity to develop their reflexes and timing in a controlled environment while engaging in a sport activity.

By repetitively practicing the required self-defense, katas and kumite, the proper technique for each of the activities becomes ingrained in the subconscious of the student. This is what is commonly referred to as muscle memory. As the body becomes accustomed to doing certain movements, it requires less conscious thought, time, effort, and energy to perform them. This is when the movements actually become second nature.

Kempo karate also teaches students how to use weapons in order to enhance their understanding and ability to defend themselves against them. Defense against knives and clubs are taught from the yellow belt level and up. Weapons training often begins at the green belt level.

Kempo karate strives to maintain a balance between “martial” and “art.” The “martial” aspect is expressed by very effective and efficient self-defense concepts and techniques. The “art” is expressed by creativity, self-expression, and presentation of form.

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