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Chinese Kenpo-Jitsu

Postby Samurai » Mon Aug 14, 2000 9:21 pm

Does anyone have any information on an art called "CHINESE KENPO-JITSU"? I have very little /no information other then a friend claims to have trained in this art, but can not remember any of the roots.
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Chinese Kenpo-Jitsu

Postby Panther » Mon Aug 14, 2000 10:09 pm

There are many, many different "Kenpo/Kempo" groups in the U.S. currently that claim various different GrandMasters... Generally, one can trace all of them back to the Kosho-ryu of James Mitose. Mitose lived and taught in Hawaii. He passed the art on to William K.S. Chow who started calling it "Kenpo" when he split away. From there it went to many, many folks in the U.S.

Ed Parker was one... Nick Cerio another.

It might help to know where you (actually, your friend) is located/took lessons.

Others that are famous in the Kenpo/Kempo lineage are the Tracys, Villari, Castro, Chun, Juchnik, Hassan, and Emperado... All of them have their Kenpo roots coming from Mitose in one fashion or another. Most have added other things into the art and dubbed themselves "Grandmaster". Also most of them claim direct decendancy from the "Shaolin" temple in China...

That is basically the totality of the Chinese Kenpo connection currently in the U.S.

They should not be confused with the Okinawan or Japanese Kenpo/Kempo styles. There are multiple Okinawan Kenpo styles that are closely related to the other Okinawan arts such as Goju-ryu and Uechi-ryu. But they are not the same as the "Chinese" styles previously discussed. Even more confusion is added when the Japanese Kenpo styles are factored in... There are many of those! Two are: Nippon Kempo is closely related to Shi-to-ryu and Nippon Shorinji (the Japanese translation of the kanji that the chinese pronounce "Shaolin" Image ) Kempo was introduced to Japan by Doshin So. (There are other versions of "Shorinji" from Japan, but the name and art of Nippon Shorinji Kempo was designated to Doshin So for his version. That art, until recent years, required one to swear poverty, become a Shorinji-Zen-Bhuddist monk and move into the temple upon reaching the rank of san-dan. (Something I wasn't willing to do... Image )

If you could get a little more information, I'll try to help as much as I can...
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Chinese Kenpo-Jitsu

Postby kusanku » Tue Aug 15, 2000 4:08 am

Okinawan Kempo in its entirety has also connections with Shorin ru through Kentsu Yabu, with Motobu ryu ti through Seikichi Uehara, and through others with varous other cognate arts.

Chinese Kempo Jitsu would be Mitose's style of Kempo, from which teacher the Lord only knows.

Interestingly Mitose was supposed to be connected in some way with Choki Motobu of Okinawan Kempo as well.

My Kempo teacher told me of te various styles of Kempo and said though some do different katas thewy were all Kempo in that they retain the Cinese philosophy of usage of technique.Fast, corcuar, ceaseless, changing and invariably nasty. Image
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