10 Laws Of Kempo Karate

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10 Laws Of Kempo Karate

Kempo Karate is a form of martial art that is widely known for its swift hand movements. It consists of an assortment of fighting principles and philosophies on which it is based. Among its various, techniques, movements, and principles, there are the ten laws of Kempo that every martial artist should be aware of. In this article, we have listed only five of them. The other five are outlined in the continuation of this article, namely ‘10 Kempo Karate Laws and descriptions (Part 2)’. The first 5 laws are:

  1. Law of the Circle and the Line

The very first law of karate says that you should attack the weakness of your opponent, rather than his strength. This concept was found in the art of Bagua and Hsing Yi, that is, circular and linear, respectively. The law of the circle and line states that you should move your body with your feet and arms in a circular pattern, so as to evade the oncoming force of the direct attacks of your opponent. And, when your rival makes a move in a circular path, you must retort with a fast linear attack in a straight line.

  1. Law of the First Strike

beautiful woman with the red glovesThe second law of Kempo Karate says that if you have the initiative or opportunity, then you should grab it and end the fight with your strike. This principle can have two meanings. Firstly, it affirms that Kempo is a striking martial art, in which we make use of mainly the hands (70%), and the feet (30%). This is mainly what separates Taekwondo Schools from Kempo Schools. The techniques can be changed as per your body type. Secondly, you must not wait for your adversary to attack first. You should take the first initiative and hit him with your fist, elbow, knee, feet, etc. This must be done continuously, unless your attacker is defeated.

Furthermore, it uses various grappling and throwing movements, which are not used much. Researches have shown that these techniques are only used in less than 25 percent of the fights and are mostly ineffective against numerous attackers. Additionally, grappling uses as much as four times the strength and energy of striking. Grappling is considered a last resort in case your adversary crosses the first and second line of defense, that is, your hands and feet respectively.

  1. Law of Multiple Strikes

This law states that you should keep hitting your opponent till the fight is over and he collapses. Kempo consists of a multitude of strikes in a rapid sequence of high, low, circular, and straight. Instead of shouting (Kiai) with every blow, you should make use of strikes to defeat your rival. This way, you will not lose your energy. Your first strike should distract and astonish your adversary, the second strike should slow him, and the third and fourth strikes should enable you to hit hard. You can also make use of continuous strikes, rather than multiple strikes.

  1. Law of Targets

This law of Kenpo asserts that your blow should match your target. Also, it says that your target should be soft, not hard. Rather than randomly hitting on any part of your foe’s body, you should target his forehead, horse back stance in karateeyes, nose, neck, ribs, plexus, groin, or kidney. All these body parts are soft, and do not cause any fracture or injury. Also, you should not follow stiff methods to make your arms and fists hard. For instance, in Japan, the makiwara slab is used to strengthen the hands, and Muay Thai Kickboxing practitioners make their shins strong by kicking banana trees. Kempo does not advocate the use of such methods. It believes in the policy of least pain and resistance. Such hard methods have a negative effect on your body and can result in serious problems in the long run.

  1. Law of Kicking

This law states that you should kick your rival below the waist and punch him above it. This is not said just for the sake of it, but has some serious logic behind it. High, roundhouse, reverse, or crescent kicks to the head may seem impressive, but they take time as legs cover a larger distance. With this, the groin area also becomes vulnerable to the opponent’s kick. Additionally, high kicks need more focus and balance. Therefore, high leg movements should be avoided and low movements should be used for self defense.

The rest five laws  are listed in the second part of this article.

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