Asked Questions about Kempo
I'm considering taking a martial art. I want to know how the
various styles differ.
the martial arts there are hard styles and soft styles. A hard style is
characterized by strong, quick motions where as a soft style has more
smooth, flowing movements. The softest is Tai Chi... taught mainly as an
exercise and is commonly referred to as “moving meditation” because the
movements are very slow and gentle. Aikido is another soft style that side
steps and allows the attacker’s momentum to carry him past the defender.
The Korean hard styles usually focus on big powerful kicks. Tae Kwon Do is
the most popular of the Korean styles. The Japanese styles generally use
very strong stances and focus on tense, short, and powerful movements.
hard and soft. We teach the hard movements to beginners because it is easier
for a beginner to react with a quick hard motion than with a smooth fluid
one. The more powerful hard movements of Kempo build the student’s
confidence so that he/she can
use Kempo's softer deflections and move to the side to avoid an attacker.
Yet he/she remains confident that his/her Kempo power training will protect
him/her in an emergency. So Kempo incorporates both hard and soft training.
does Kempo look like?
has three basic components. The individual movements, whether they are
blocks, strikes, or kicks, are called basics. We can arrange these basics
as we see fit to defend ourselves. In fact, part of what we do is to teach
specific arrangements to defend against particular attacks. These
arrangements are called self-defense techniques. Self-defense techniques
are combined to create floor routines (fight sequences) that we
memorize. These routines are called kata (forms).
does Chinese Kempo build
a person begins to become proficient at Kempo, he/she feels safer, more
coordinated, stronger, and less fearful. He/she begins to believe he/she
can handle situations that before he could not. So he/she can relax and
perform better with less fear to distract him/her. Hence, the Kempo martial
artist is more confident.
classes are disciplined enough so that a student doesn’t disrupt the
lesson. But our real goal is
Kempo is goal oriented in that it is divided into ranks by belt color. The
advancement to another color belt and eventually to the black belt drives a
student to discipline himself/herself to practice the requirements rather
than practice only the things he/she thinks are fun. A Kempo student’s
accomplishments are examples of what he/she can accomplish in other areas of
life, and that he/she can overcome any obstacle.
is an excellent exercise that will improve strength, agility, heart and lung
condition, and flexibility. What makes our students so successful is the
develop. They come eager to learn and work on their goals. With this
attitude, our students are less likely to lose interest and quit, like with
so many other exercise programs.
Coordination is a matter of getting one’s body parts to function with
control. Kempo requires us to balance on one leg while performing with the
other. It also asks us to perform the same moves with both left and right
sides. Confidence and mindset play big roles as far as coordination is
concerned and Kempo is great for building one’s confidence.