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    Question Okinawan Kenpo ?

    Hello Everyone!

    I'm very new to this and this is my 1st post... I've been looking around this site and havn't really found anything or anyone talking about Okinawan Kenpo...
    Is anyone out there?
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    I have heard very little about Okinawan Kenpo. Where did it stem from and what is the cirriculum like?

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    Welcome..I would like to hear more about Okinawan Kenpo.
    what is the cirriculum like?
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    Welcome
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    Default Re: Okinawan Kenpo ?

    Quote Originally Posted by fistlaw
    I have heard very little about Okinawan Kenpo. Where did it stem from and what is the cirriculum like?
    Sorry Ive been too busy to reply sooner! However to answer your question,"What is Okinawan Kenpo?" Please take a look here... http://www.kansaskarate.com/karate.html
    Thanks

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    Hey sensei coleman do u know Brian degore(i think i spelled that wrong)
    anyway he has a dojo 20 miles from my place and he teaches OKK here in New Jersey a town called Pitman New Jersey.
    " Resolve to be tender with the young,compassionate with the aged,sympathetic with the striving,tolerant with the weak and wrong..... Because sometime in your life you will have been all of these"

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    I met some Okinawan Kenpo practitioners from Wales recently under a seminar in the UK, thay looked to me like MMA practitioners. Is there any kind of truth to this?

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    Hello everyone, Sensei Coleman here!

    I've been away. It's good to see so many reply to "Okinawan Kenpo?" I find it hard to understand that so many havnt heard of Okinawan Kenpo. I hope this will help...

    Okinawan Kenpo ...
    The person most often credited with originating the way of Kenpo was a prince and warrior of southern India named Bodhidharma. According to the records of the Lo-Yang temple, Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk under the tutelage of Prajnatara and it is said that upon his deathbed, Prajnatara requested that Bodhidharma travel to China where he felt the principles of Buddhism where in decline, and that the knowledge of dhyana (Zen koans) should be known.

    It's estimated that it was around 520 BC, during the Southern dynasties, that Bodhidharma entered China and traveled northward to the kingdom of Wei where the fabled meeting with emperor Wu of the Liang dynasty occurred. This meeting is recorded do to the intense conversation and discussion of Buddhism and dhyana which took place. The meeting was to no avail, Bodhidharma's words to the worldly emperor meant nothing, and thus, discouraged by his attempts, Bodhidharma left the palace of the emperor and traveled to the Honan province where we entered the Shaolin temple where he would begin a martial history.

    Bodhidharma's depression grew once he reached the famed Shaolin temple and found Prajnatra's fears were true. The monks were in a ragged condition physically and were mentally diminished due to the extensive amount of time they spent in meditation, doing little else. Many of the monks would fall asleep in meditation while others needed assistance in the basic necessities of life - so feeble was their condition.

    For an unknown period of time Bodhidharma meditated in a cave at the outskirts of the temple seeking for a way to renew the feat of Buddha's light, as well as helping the monks to regain control over their lives. Upon his return Bodhidharma gathered the monks in the courtyard, from the strong to the most feeble, and began to explain and work with them in the art of Shih Pa Lo Han Sho, or the 18 hands of Lo Han. These techniques which are the foundation for almost all martial arts today were never originally intended to be utilized as methods of fighting but were a manner in which the monks could attain enlightenment while improving their bodies health.

    During the Sui period, approximately forty years or so after the death of Bodhidharma it is told that brigands assaulted the Shaolin monastery; one of many attacks that would occur until the early twentieth century. During this first invasion, the monks’ attempts at defending their temple where futile, their skills where not attuned to fighting techniques and it looked as if the temple would fall. One monk of the temple, with reference only as the "begging monk", during the last siege of the temple by the brigands attacked several of the outlaws with an array of aggressive hand and foot techniques, killing some and driving the remaining attackers away. The other monks where so inspired by the display of this single priest that they requested tutelage in this martial style as a means of protection. In later scripts this fighting art was recorded as Chuan Fa or Fist Method.

    As Chuan-fa grew in popularity throughout China and began to spread to other countries, one major influence was that of Okinawa. Okinawa had begun to develop a very effective method of hand to hand combat called simply Te (tay), meaning hand. Over time, this name was changed to Okinawa-Te meaning Okinawa-Hand. At that time three major styles were developed according to the location of the main villages of Okinawa; Shuri, Tomari, and Naha. Each village developed its own particular martial art. When the Japanese conquered the island, the Okinawans and Chinese became allies and began to share their martial arts techniques with each other. In Japanese, the Shaolin Kenpo was called Kara, meaning China. When combined with Okinawan-Te, we have the new word Kara-te or Karate. The blending of these two systems probably created the most effective form of empty hand combat in the world.

    Okinawan Kenpo is generally credited with the origins of kata as taught by most styles of Karate. In learning the different kata, the student is taught the various self defense techniques and applications. Intermediate and advanced students would begin training in the Kobudo (weapons) system once the basic material was mastered.

    There are 36 major styles of Karate in the world today, with 52 variations, and literally hundreds of eclectic systems taught in different countries. However, we can identify four classifications of Kenpo Karate: Chinese (Chuan-fa), Japanese (Shorinji), Hawaiian (Kajukempo), and Okinawan (Te).


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    Hi,

    Unfortunatly the person who hit the BC keys should have hit the AD keys. We have the start of the alphabet anyway. Are we using BCE in the way we are translating this story or??? We are gaining another letter in the alphabet.

    Many times things are typo or mistakes or? Makes it, a tough read. See This is where we will get confused with History and websites.

    If you want to know more about the actual travel of Kenpo you have to look in different places. Much of the story has a good ring though. It is fluid and there fore most of the information is acceptable.

    Regards, Gary

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