Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in kempo | Comments Off on 10 KEMPO LAWS AND DESCRIPTIONS (PART 2)


Continuing with the  first 5 laws of Kempo, the last five laws are:

  1. Law of No Block

This law of Kempo says that you should avoid the blocking technique. Although blocking is necessary, it should be avoided most of the time. Rather than blocking yourself from your adversary, you should move at the exact time. This will keep you away from the kick or blow of your foe. As the old Shaolin priest said, “Avoid rather than check; check rather than block; block rather than strike….” The block is a useless move, as it does not stop the other person from attacking again. So, it is better to move your body out of the way and then counterattack. However, this technique is only for brown belts and above, as it needs better sparring skills and more experience. And, it does not mean that you cannot use this technique at all.

  1. Law of Yielding and Redirecting

This law was created from the Jujutsu and Tai Chi forms of martial arts. Yin (soft) and Yang (hard) symbols explain this in a better way. This law says that you should resort to alternate soft and hard blows. If your foe uses hard blows, then you should defend yourself with the soft moves, and vice versa. Kempo supports soft blocks and hard strikes. It also uses the redirecting technique, which involves dodging your rival’s leg and then spinning his balance, in order to come back with a hard counterattack move. This will disrupt the balance of your adversary and leave him exposed.

  1. Law of Mobility

You should keep moving and also keep your opponent moving, in order to lose his balance. A moving target is generally more difficult to hit than a stable one. There are three kinds of fighters, the statue with no mobility, the runner who is chased, and the steamroller, who comes at you. You should not be anyone of these, as all of them can be defeated. Instead, you should mix all these techniques with an upright stance and just keep moving.

  1. Law of Flexibility

According to the law of flexibility, you should be flexible in your techniques and movements, in order to win the fight. Make use of your own different attributes that make you distinct from others. Kempo is adaptable to different physiques, personalities, and spirits. For instance, a tall person is advised to kick, a short person should make use of his hands, etc. Make use of the movements that you know the best and forget about the rest.

  1. Law of The Warrior Spirit

This is the last, but the most important law of Kempo. It states that you should have a strong will to actually win a fight. Although, the moves and techniques that you use are important, still you should have the spirit of a warrior. If you have already thought that you will lose the fight, then nobody can stop you from losing. The law says that there are two main components, the external and the internal. Everything must be in unison, the external as well as the internal, your facial expressions, kiai, posture, on guard position, etc. You should be hard from the outside and soft from the inside.

These are the ten laws of Kempo, on which this martial art form works.

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10 Laws Of Kempo Karate

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in kempo | Comments Off on 10 Laws Of Kempo Karate

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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Philosophy Of Kempo

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in kempo | Comments Off on Philosophy Of Kempo


The older form of Kempo was known as the Shorinji Kempo. It is a Japanese word that literally means the ‘shaolin law of the fist’. Shorinji Kempo is an empty hand fight that evolved from the traditional system of shaolin. The doctrine of Buddha says that the body and the spirit cannot be separated and that they are one. Shorinji Kempo inculcates this doctrine and develops a firm body and an unceasing spirit. Unlike other martial arts, Kempo is not only about physical movements, but it is also about mental power and strength. It involves a deep philosophy on which the concepts of Kempo are based. In order to understand Kempo in a better way, comprehending the philosophy behind its creation is necessary.

The founder of Shorinji Kempo was Doshin So, who based this martial art on the Kongo Zen principle. The term Kongo means indestructible, invincible or a permanent thing. This principle works on the dependent philosophy that everything depends on people. It says that people can change the system, if they want to change it. A good person can make a situation better and a selfish person can make it much worse.

Shorinji Kempo works on this principle and develops strong, compassionate, and reliable people, who can make positive changes to the community as a whole. The philosophy of Kempo is divided into six parts. These six characteristics of Kempo are based on this one principle that promotes strength, compassion, and balance.

  1. Ken Zen Ichinyo

This philosophy of Kempo illustrates that mind and body are equal. It says that we need to train both our body and our mind, so that we can develop physically as well as spiritually, resulting in our overall development and growth. Body and mind are inseparable from each other and both are equally important. No one can exist without the other or have any value alone. In order to realize one’s full potential and to achieve spiritual awakening, one should train both body and mind

  1. Riki Ai Funi

This Japanese word means that love and power stand together. Reiki means action, strength, and intellect and Ai means love, care, and sympathy. Riki Ai Funi teaches us to maintain a balance between both strength bruce lee cartoonand compassion. Strength alone is only violence and love without power is of no use.

  1. Shushu Koju

Shushu Koju means that you should defend yourself before attacking someone. Kempo teaches you various self defensive techniques to protect yourself against your adversary. It uses counter attacks for spiritual and technical reasons. This philosophy of Kempo does not allow the defender to attack or make the first move, unless and until the opponent does so.

  1. Fusatsu Katsujin

The philosophy of Fusctatsu Katsujin makes the students learn about protecting people without injuring them. It says that you should never hurt anyone. Kempo uses fighting techniques that are non-violent and does not cause any injury. This principle is in everyone’s favor and wellbeing and is only used to control people who want to harm others.

  1. Goju Ittai

Shorinji Kempo comprises of both hard and soft movements, known as the ‘goho’ and ‘juho’ respectively. Each technique involves both hard and soft elements. These hard and soft elements form a complete dynamic system of martial arts.

  1. Kumite Shutai

One of the philosophies of Kempo includes the Kumite Shutai principle, which says that you should work in a group in order to reap more benefits. Shorinji Kempo requires you to coordinate with your partner and then work together towards progress. It teaches that there should be no competition with your partner.

These are the six principles of Shorinji Kempo on which this martial art form is based.

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