Kempo Arts

Sensei’s Jeff Driscoll, Bart DBckr, Myself and Steven Bonk

     Many feel that Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a fairly new martial art to us when in fact many martial arts 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 in what we do!

     The art of Kosho Ryu Kempo is a very unique form of self defense. It is an art form that is based on Concepts and Principals not just techniques. The student not only learns techniques in which they practice to defend oneself…they also learn the concepts and principles which make those techniques work properly.

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. Martial arts classes have so many positive benefits that are a by-product of a persons training. Some of these benefits are stress reduction, better physical fitness, weight loss, increased flexibility and range of motion, and enhanced focus and concentration. Philosophy and the understanding of conflict that exists in our daily life also lends to a happier, healthier individual.

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

The practitioner 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. They then learn all the other sub-arts which include kata, striking, kicking, joint locks, throwing, weapons and Japanese Calligraphy (Shodo and Sum-E).

Erik performing Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy)

The Students are also introduced to other forms of weaponry like the JO-Staff. and also Aiki arts. The Health Benefits of these arts are numerous. With the emphasis on proper breathing, Balance and posture, results in the steady improvement of Physical and mental conditioning appears in one’s daily life. This provides a sense of being energized and centered both in and out of the dojo. Current exercise programs describe this as strengthening your “Core”. Weaponry and Aiki arts have been doing this for hundreds of years with the added benefit of learning self defense. We constantly apply these concepts in our Kempo as our teachers did before us.

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

Kempo training helps emphasize proper breathing, balance and posture. Many of the exercises improve joint flexibility, range of motion and help preserve muscle mass and bone density. Regular training gradually builds endurance and strength. In addition to increased fitness through physical exercise, these 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!

The Academy is an official dojo of the Sei Kosho Shorei Kai International from which we also study the art of Kosho Shorei Ryu Kempo which is an ancient art filled with a rich history and tradition.