Kempo VS Kenpo

KEMPO VS KENPO

My Fred Villari Shaolin Kempo training began with Jack Racine.
My Ed Parkers American Kenpo training began with Mike Allen.



Kempo ………………………………………Kenpo

Front Two knuckle punch …………………..Horizontal thrust
Thrust punch……………………………….. Vertical thrust
Uppercut…………………………………….Same name Uppercut
Hammer fist ……………………………….. same name Hammer fist
Inward Knife hand ………………………….Inward Hand sword
Outward Knife hand ………………………..Outward hand sword
Inward elbow ………………………………same inward elbow
Upward elbow ……………………………... same upward elbow
Downward elbow …………………………..Overhead elbow
Back elbow………………………………… Rear elbow
Not found……………………………………Obscured elbow
Side elbow…………………………………..same side elbow
Dragon tail whip usually two fingers ………whip usually four fingers
Palm Heel Strike ……………………………Heel Palm
Tiger Palm Claw ……………………………Heel Palm Claw
Immortal Man strike…………………………Two finger poke
Ridge Hand ………………………………….Same Ridge Hand
Eye of phoenix……………………………….Middle knuckle strike
Leopard Paw ………………………………..Half fist
Back two knuckle …………………………. Back knuckle


I am not going to go through all the basics however the few listed above give you some idea of mostly different names for the same strikes.

Shaolin Kempo says Right foot out and elbows because it’s the right foot you throw over the horse when getting on and off a horse.
American Kenpo Says Attention training horse (step out w/ left foot) because it’s the Left side of the Horse you get on and off when riding a horse.
One side is common in Japanese and the other in Chinese systems.

The Roots of Shaolin kempo are the 108 numbered combinations.
The Roots of American Kenpo are the named self defense techniques


The following examples are of the first two forms in both systems



Shaolin Kempo Forms
Pinion One

Front position
Horse Stance
Double punch
L Cat Stance hands in chamber
L Half-moon Stance
L downward block
R Half moon forward
R front two knuckle punch
Pine tree stance
L hand chamber R hand high
180 turn R half moon stance
R downward block
L half moon forward
L front two knuckle punch
L Cat Stance hands in chamber
L Half moon stance
L downward block
R half moon forward
R front two knuckle punch
L half moon forward
L front two knuckle punch
R half moon forward
R front two knuckle punch
Pine tree stance hands in chamber L high
270 L turn
L half moon stance
L downward block
R half moon forward
R front to knuckle punch
R 180 turn
R half moon stance
R downward block
L half moon forward
L front two knuckle punch
L Cat stance hands in chamber
L half moon stance
L downward block
R half moon forward
R front two knuckle punch
L half moon forward
L front two knuckle punch
R half moon forward
R front two knuckle punch
Pine tree stance hands in chamber L high
270 L turn
L half moon stance
L downward block
R half moon forward
R front two knuckle punch
180 R turn
R half moon stance
R downward block
L half moon forward
L front two knuckle punch
Training horse
Front position

American Kenpo forms

Short form one

Salutation
Training horse
Drop your left foot back to 6:00, into a right neutral bow while simultaneously delivering a right inward block and a left back elbow strike.
Drop your right foot back to 6:00, into a left neutral bow while simultaneously delivering a left inward block and a right back elbow strike.
Turn to face your next imaginary opponent at 9:00. Step with your right foot to 3:00, into a left neutral bow, while simultaneously delivering a right inward block followed by left outward block and a right back elbow strike.
Drop your left foot back to 3:00 into a right neutral bow while simultaneously delivering a left inward right outward block combination and a left back elbow strike.
Turn to face your next imaginary opponent at 3:00, moving your right foot forward to cover.
Settle into a left neutral bow while simultaneously delivering a right high inward block followed by a left upward block and right back elbow strike.
Drop your left foot back to 9:00 into a right neutral bow while simultaneously delivering a left high inward block followed by a right upward block and left back elbow strike.
Turn to face your next imaginary opponent at 6:00, drawing your foot up to a transitional cat stance, executing a left inward downward block palm up (active check). Step back with your left foot towards 12:00, into a right neutral bow, while simultaneously delivering a right outward downward block and left back elbow strike.
Drop your right foot back to a 12:00, into a left neutral bow, while simultaneously delivering a right inward downward block palm up, followed by a left downward outward block palm down and right back elbow strike.
Step clockwise with your left foot to 12:00, returning to a meditative horse stance, thus returning to point of origin.






Shaolin Kempo Karate
I find it interesting that we learn Karate first then Kempo followed by Shaolin when the name clearly says Shaolin Kempo Karate.
KARATE
Forms simulating fighting scenarios, one (1) through five (5) pinions, the unshakable balance of the Crane, mandatory basics, foot maneuvers and fighting techniques.
KEMPO
Kempo fighting techniques and combinations, one (1) through six (6) Kata, Swift Tigers, two (2) man fist set, Hansuki, basics, and fighting techniques.
SHAOLIN
More advanced forms simulating fighting scenarios, knowledge of all the movements of the Tiger, Leopard, Dragon, Snake and Crane necessary for both health and self defense.
The Sho Tung Kwok form
The Invincible Wall form
The Nengli north form
The Nengli South form
The Tai Sing Mong form
The 1,000 Buddha’s form
Five dragons face the four winds
The Lost Leopard form
The Snake form
Branches Of The Falling Pines (White Crane)
The Wounded Tigers form
The Immortal Monkey form



American Kenpo
Short form one based on blocking while retreating. The Long Form one based on blocking and countering while retreating. The Short form two based on blocking and countering while advancing. The Long form two based on blocking and countering with multiple strikes while advancing. The short form three based on defense against holds using the techniques in the system. The Long form three based on defense against holds with both right and left sides. The Form Four is also a technique based form and also the longest form in the system. Form Five Is a technique form based on take downs. The Form Six is based on techniques involving weapons and the key is constant motion. The Form seven is based on sticks as your weapon. The Sets are as follows Blocking set one or Star block The kicking set Finger set Coordination set, striking set, Stance set, Coordination s et two, blocking set two, Striking set two Stance set two, Kicking set two Finger set two and finally the Two Man fist set which is also in the Shaolin Kempo system

Shaolin Kempo rules
Etiquette Honor your mother and father obey those in authority over you Love your neighbor as yourself Self Control opportunity may knock once but temptation leans on the door bell self control refuses to answer the door. Effort all the so called secrets of success will not work unless you do. Character Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. ~William Shakespeare Sincerity the honesty of heart and mind with intentions to be truthful


American Kenpo Creed I Come to you with only Karate empty hands. I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my principles or my honor, should it be a matter of life or death, of right or wrong; then here are my weapons Karate my empty hands Ed Parker

The Laws of Kempo
The Law of Circle and Line Where the line ends the circle begins and where the circle end the line begins Front kick to groin roundhouse to head followed by side kick to ribs line circle line. When an attacker moves straight in or linear approach you should move your body in a circular motion and deflect the attack. If their attack is circular the quickest path between two points is a straight line. The Law of First strike some may say intercepting fist as you see the attacker making a move you simply respond faster that would be nice but not always the case. First strike says they pulled a weapon or broke into your house or entered your space you feel the attack is inevitable you don’t wait for them to make the first move end it quickly. The Law of multiple strikes says attack with numerous strikes and in multiple zones. The target Zones should be High Mid Low Right and left sides of each zone. Movements one avoid block or trap two counter three controls the situation. The entire action should take no more then three to six seconds. The Law of soft targets eyes nose throat ears temple groin. Regardless of size a Kempoman or Kempowoman can strike soft targets. The Law of Low kicks a pillar attack anything to break your attackers balance. Which is faster punching someone in the face or kicking them in the face? Which is faster stomping on someone’s toe or punching their toe? The Law of Evasion the best block is to not be there. Now think of a boxer who slips bobs and weaves always looking for an opening or the Shaolin Monkey with his lighting fast speed and rapid directional changes. The Law of Yield and Redirect take the path of lest resistance. When attacked hard counter soft and redirect, when attacked soft counter hard remember the multiple strikes. Look to parry or deflect instead of being a statue. Move out of way of oncoming traffic the redirecting will unbalance the attacker. The Law of Mobility a moving target is harder to hit. The Tiger is powerful and direct The Crane can defeat him with yielding the Crane will give way to pressure and win by losing. The Snake has patience he is calm and accurate. The leopard shows certainty he sizes the opportunity moves fast with sudden angular changes. The Dragon is versatile through time and experience he gains wisdom always in control by virtue of adaptability. The Monkey can not be hit never exhaust his energy and has superior longevity. The Law of Adaptability Shaolin Kempo adapts to you and your strengths what makes you more effective. The six foot 230 lbs man and the five foot 110 lbs woman bring different strengths to the art. The Law of the warrior spirit says to be calm on the inside yet ferocious on the outside.

American Kenpo Principles
based on four basic principles of physics; torque, back-up mass, borrowed force, and marriage of gravity. American Kenpo allows even the smallest person to achieve maximum effectiveness by employing proper body mechanics in the self defense techniques.
Delayed Sword
(Defense against right lapel grab)
Step back with your left foot into a right Neutral Bow while doing a right Inward Block and checking low with your left hand.
Right Front Ball Kick to attacker’s groin.
Land from the kick (towards 11:00 in a right High Wide Kneel checking attackers right leg), do a right Outward Hand Sword to attackers neck. Keep your hand on attacker’s neck as positional check.
The Main Power Principle here is Marriage of Gravity.

Aggressive Twins
Defense against two handed push
Step back with your left foot into a right Neutral Bow while doing a right Inward Block to close attacker’s center line. Check low kick with left hand.
Right Side Kick to attackers left knee to open their center line. The kick should be to top of knee going down to maximize the break.
Then strike with a rear front ball kick to the chest, landing forward in a left Neutral Bow. Kick high on attacker to move them back so you can land forward.
Main Power Principle
Torque


Deflecting Hammer
Defense against a right front ball kick
Hands up in Passive Defensive position. Step back with your left foot into a right Neutral Bow while doing a right Downward Block to deflect the kick past you and cock your right hand at your waist.
Left hand checks attacker’s right arm against their body while doing a right Inward Elbow to their face (Push Drag if necessary).
Main Power Principle
Back-up Mass

The American Kenpo principles
Backup Mass The use of body weight directly behind the action
Borrowed Force when an attackers force is used against them this enhances the effectiveness of the attacker’s action
Torque principle is applied when you turn or rotate providing great force in a small space.
Marriage of gravity The Force applied when the mass of the body moves downward in favor of gravity.

Now let’s take a look at some techniques that relate.
Shaolin Kempo combination #6 and #7 put together could be American Kenpo Aggressive Twins. American Kenpo Delayed sword and Shaolin Kempo combination 22 together can make Shaolin Kempo combination 68. The counter to Combination #6 could be Deflecting hammer. Shaolin Kempo Combination 40 and American Kenpo Leaping Crane could be brothers almost twins.

The American Kenpo power principles Marriage of gravity, Backup, Mass and torque are found where in the Shaolin Kempo system.
Remember this is a study guide and to break this section down to the simplest form and take a fresh look at your art. What can we see in Kempo through the eyes of Kenpo principles?


What are the four ways of Fighting in Shaolin Kempo Karate?
Verbal abuse, spitting, scratching and biting OK not those four then which four are we talking about?

Where do you see the four ways in your combinations?
Hands way number one punching striking open or closed hand elbows forearms
Kicking way number two feet legs shin or knee
Felling way number three pull push trip throw shove or scoop opponent off their feet
Grappling way number four wrestle hold break lock seize especially on joints and nerves





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