Kempo Arts

  The Rhode Island Academy is an official dojo of the Sei Kosho Shorei Kai International

 The self preserving art of Kosho Ryu or  “Sho-Chiku-Bai 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. It’s not just a catalog of self defense techniques.

It’s not a “Style” of Martial arts…

The student learns the concepts and principles of the human body which make them work. This enables the practitioner more options if a specific technique may not work well for them.


    So what is our Kempo? It’s based on the very old Confucianism Convention of the “Three Friends of Winter” Or “Sho-Chiku-Bai”

    In Ancient China and Japan, the Three Friends of Winter which are the Pine, Bamboo and Plum, were celebrated as they observed that these plants do not suffer or die in the cold winter months. In modern day Kempo These representations actually give us conceptual lessons in our studies.


Striking, Kata, submissions and throws. Weaponry, Calligraphy and even the Shiatsu that we practice are all based on the Sho-Chiku-Bai.  It’s an incredible lesson and study of Natural laws and how they can apply to everyday life.

      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 not only learn how to strike, kick, throw and apply joint locks , but so much more.

The student is first trained in the Escaping Arts. This is the foundation for all the other sub-arts contained within our system. This allows the practitioner to 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 Dominate only if absolutely necessary. All these Concepts are taught in multiple applications including ground scenarios.

  We strive to keep our self defense training as realistic as possible while maintaining strong safety standards. Safety and well being is our upmost Philosophy.

Other reasons students train in the arts is that we recognize the health benefits. With an 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.

All of the arts also clear the mind and offer greater ability to focus. As a practitioner you can expect to improve in confidence in yourself and relationships with those around you!

Sensei Driscoll leading Pinan Kata During Kempo Boot camp

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 Kempo in their practice both in our club and other dojos that they train at. Practitioners from our club respect all other arts and we enjoy both teaching and learning from others by sharing!

Contact us for an introductory lesson or two at no charge to see how Kempo can improve your life!