Kempo Arts

europe-gathering-2019-15  The Academy is an official dojo of the Sei Kosho Shorei Kai International.

Many feel that Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a fairly new martial art, when in fact many styles have the same attributes. Kempo is no different aside from the fact that Kosho Ryu Kempo is an art for self preservation, not competition.  Escaping , Controlling and Striking are the foundation of what we do! When you learn Kempo, you learn how to strike, kick, throw and apply joint locks along with the many applications!

     The art of Kosho Ryu Kempo is a very unique form of self defense. It is an ancient Japanese art that is comprised of Concepts and Principals of Natural Law, not just a catalog of self defense techniques. The student not only learns the techniques but they also learn the concepts and principles of the human body which make them work. This enables the practitioner more options if a specific technique fails


     The student is first trained in the Escaping Arts, which is the foundation for all the other sub-arts contained within the system. This allows the practitioner to either totally escape harm from their attacker, or to engage if they choose. They then learn other sub-arts through kata which include the controlling arts of joint locks and throwing as well as the destructive arts of striking. This leads to an understanding of our Martial Hierarchy, which is to Escape, Control, then Destroy only if absolutely necessary. All these Concepts are taught in multiple applications including ground scenarios.



     Kosho Ryu classes are a blend of physical workout and mental challenge. The idea is to build and strengthen the body while making the mind sharper and clearer, working to make the student evolve into the best martial artist and person that they can be. 

     Other benefits are stress reduction, better physical fitness, weight loss, increased flexibility, and enhanced focus and concentration.

Understanding of conflict that exists in our daily life also lends to a happier, healthier individual!

We strive to keep our self defense training as realistic as possible while maintaining strong safety standards. 


     The student is also introduced to Kosho-Ryu’s sub-arts of Weaponry and the study of Chinese Meridians for both healing and self defense. We also study and practice the Japanese Calligraphy arts of Shodo and Sum-E periodically.

Kosho Shorei Ryu kempo is a complete system for a lifetime of study!!

The Students are also introduced to the Aiki arts. We recognize the health benefits of these arts. With the emphasis on proper breathing, balance and posture, the steady improvement of physical and mental conditioning will appear in one’s daily life. This provides a sense of being energized and centered both in and out of the dojo. We utilize these arts with beginners for fundamental exercises.

Students performing Kumi-jo staff Kata
Student performing an Aiki style throw

At the Academy regular training with us helps emphasize proper breathing, balance and posture as well as building endurance and strength. All of the arts also clear the mind and offer greater ability to focus. As a practitioner you can expect to improve in confidence and relationships with those around you!

Sensei Driscoll leading Pinan Kata

Many of our members are both beginners to the arts as well as coming from other arts like Karate, Judo, Aikido, Kempo, MMA, Krav Maga and others. They enjoy utilizing Kosho ryu in their practice both in our club and other dojos that they train at. Kosho Ryu practitioners respect all other arts and we enjoy both teaching and learning from others by sharing!