Kung Fu Kempo
In the 15th century, Shaolin Temple monks in China took their martial art Chuan-fa (Kung Fu) to a monastery in Japan, where they kept their fighting secrets concealed for hundreds of years. Chuan-Fa translates into “Way of the First” is “Kempo.” In 1936, Kung Fu Kempo was taken from Japan to Hawaii, where its dissemination to the outside world began Kung Fu Kempo focuses on several aspects of combat, including the use of multiple countering techniques to the same body area; basing a strategy on an opponent’s reaction to your action; and the importance of hand speed. The greatest emphasis on Kung Fu Kempo is self-defense. Practical maneuvers and vulnerable-area strikes are stressed in preparation for situations likely to be encountered outside the dojo.