|Kenpo is a style of Karate developed in the west.
The only difference between Kenpo and Kempo is in the translation
of the Kanji to its English form. The words Kenpo and Kempo are
both pronounced the same and both mean "Law of the Fist."
However, the more "traditional" forms of Kempo use the
"Kempo" form, while the more non-traditional modern or
contemporary versions use the term "Kenpo."
Kenpo is a martial art that teaches self-defense and self-control
through three primary methods: self-defense techniques, forms,
and sparring. However, Kenpo diverges from traditional Karate
in several important respects. Students are encouraged to change
and adapt the techniques. Kenpo emphasizes vital point attacks
using punches, strikes and kicks. Throws are also important in
Self-defense techniques help Kenpo students develop their skills
by allowing them to practice with different threatening situations
and experiment with what-if scenarios. Initially, forms and katas
help students to develop mental concentration and mental discipline.
As they progress, the forms and katas help them to develop self-awareness
and self-expression. Kumite (also known as freestyle or sparring)
is an exercise in which students test their skills, self-confidence,
and self-control in a friendly competition among other classmates.
It gives students the opportunity to develop their reflexes and
timing in a controlled environment while engaging in a sport activity.
Kenpo also teaches students how to use weapons to increase their
understanding of self-defense. In Kenpo, defense against knives
and clubs are taught from the yellow belt and up. Weapon training
often begins at the green belt level, although some schools restrict
it to those of the black belt level and higher.
The Kenpo style strives to maintain a balance between "martial"
and "art." The "martial" aspect is expressed
by effective efficient self-defense concepts and techniques. The
"art" is expressed by creativity, self-expression, and
presentation of form.