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    I took a quick look at the site, and didn't see where it mentioned Charles Gaylord, but yes he is one of the branches/methods of kajukenbo. I am not sure how his method varies from the "original method" that Adriano Emperado used.

    You can see on the site click on Lohan Tao then on JKKF, is the president.
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    Just wanted to say thanks to all the posters. This was an interesting read.

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    Default Re: What is Chinese Kempo?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Hubbard View Post
    What is it? What makes it different from all the other "ken/mpos" out there?

    How many styles are there? Who is a noted practitioner?

    Where can one find it?
    Hey guys!

    As I understand it, it was actually William Chow that first coined the term Chinese Kenpo. In Japanese, kenpo refered to the Chinese based systems, however, in Hawaii people thought it was a Japanese system only since the word is Japanese. So that people would know of its Chinese roots, Chow (who was part Chinese) began to refer to the art as Chinese kenpo. This would be the name Ed Parker would use when he began teaching until he developed American Kenpo. Chow later renamed his system Chinese Kara Ho Kenpo.

    Perhaps, IKCA Grandmaster Chuck Sullivan can shed more light on this in that he still refers to the art as Chinese Kenpo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PorterKenpo View Post
    Hey guys!

    ...Chow later renamed his system Chinese Kara Ho Kenpo...
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    I believe Great Grandmaster William Chow used: Kempo with the "M" in reference to his Kara Ho. That's what my teacher tells me...

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    Default Re: What is Chinese Kempo?

    Hi youngbraveheart.
    Spelling kempo with an M or N is just American semantics. The Japanese-Chinese characters use symbols not letters - so they have no M or N. When you translate it to english it depends which system of romanization you use. For example tai chi can be taiji, chin na can be qinna, wing chun can be ving tsun, or kenpo can be kempo...they all refer to the same character or kanji. This does not make them separate arts - just different spellings. According to the Japanese online dictionary, we are all spelling it wrong. They spell it "kenpou". Take the spellings with a grain of salt, its the art not the spelling that's important (unless your a linguist ).

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    Default Re: What is Chinese Kempo?

    Thanks for the historical information on the M or N in Ken/mpo.

    I'm just passing on that Great Grandmaster William K.S. Chow referred to HIS "Kara Ho" as Chinese KeMpo (no N)...as told to us that there is distinction between the M and N...but that's another story that someone else can tell...

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