Ryukyu Kempo is a way of life.
In ancient Okinawa, karate was more than a spare time
activity. It touched the very essence of the people who studied
it, changing the way they thought, the way they felt about
themselves, the way they interacted with other people, and in
fact, deeply permeating their lives. Much of that has been lost.
In modern America, karate is only a sport like any other sport.
Ryukyu Kempo is traditional instruction.
Ryukyu Kempo is a well-rounded martial art, encompassing
studies that many more modern styles consider old-fashioned
and irrelevant. With a return to the old way of thinking;
however, these studies are relevant, for this is what elevates
Ryukyu Kempo to an art, a way of life, and thus the ultimate in
Ryukyu Kempo is self-defense.
All styles of karate claim to teach self-defense, but only
Ryukyu Kempo offers the grappling art known as Tuite and the
nerve point techniques called Kyusho Jitsu.
Tuite "Grab-Hand" Techniques. All bodies are weak in the
some ways. They all have nerves, joints, tendons, muscles
that respond in a way to a certain type of pressure. Ryukyu
Kempo's grappling art exploits these weaknesses, so that a
big, strong person is as easily controlled as a small, weak one.
Kyosho Jitsu "Vital Point" Techniques. The striking
techniques of Ryukyu Kempo are some of the most
sophisticated in the martial arts. Properly used against
selected anatomical points of the nervous and circulatory
systems, they will temporarily disable an opponent beyond his
ability to retaliate. Precision, not strength, is the key.
Ryukyu Kempo offers control of the opponent
Ryukyu Kempo students are trained in the prudent use lethal
force in a life-threatening situation. Most often, however, the
attacker is the victim's friend or family, and the victim will
not use killing or maiming techniques. Thus, he cannot defend
himself, unless he can also control an opponent with a
minimum of injury to the attacker. Such techniques are offered
by Ryukyu Kempo.
Ryukyu Kempo offers katas.
A kata is a prearranged pattern of movement that expresses the
basic elements of karate. Each movement holds subtle
meanings not readily discernible to the untrained eye. Many
martial artists have heard of the hidden art within the katas,
but only in Ryukyu Kempo is this art taught.
Ryukyu Kempo offers weapons.
A vest arsenal of weapons lore supplements Ryukyu Kempo's
formidable array of empty-hand techniques. Students may
learn several katas for each of the traditional weapons, plus
an awesome assortment of techniques drawn from those katas.
They are thought the interrelationship between empty-hand
movements and weapons techniques, stressing the value of
weapons training in the perfection of empty-hand technique.
Ryukyu Kempo offers physical training.
Strengthening, stamina, coordination, and balance are
achieved through the Ryukyu Kempo workout . Regular
training pushes each student to his individual limits,
challenging him to stretch those limits just a little further with
every class. The result is improved mental and physical
self-discipline, more complete self-awareness, and increased
Ryukyu Kempo offers sport.
Of course, no martial art would be complete without the
excitement of sport karate. Free-style sparring, known as
bogu kumite, is characterized by full power punches and kicks
and the use of bogu gear, face masks and body armor for
protection. This enables fighters to use safely techniques that
might otherwise kill or seriously injure an opponent.
Ryukyu Kempo offers competition.
A little competition is always healthy, and it's a good way for
students to learn to think to their feet. Not only the sport of
bogu kumite but also empty-hand and weapon katas are
featured at occasional tournaments sponsored by Ryukyu
Ryukyu Kempo offers membership in an international alliance.
Most karate schools belong to some of umbrella organization.
For Ryukyu Kempo, that organization is the Ryubei Ryukyu
Kempo Rengo Kai, United Ryukyu Kempo Alliance, headed
by Kaicho Allan Amor. Instruction in the more advanced
Ryukyu Kempo techniques is limited to members and certain
kata/techniques videotapes and DVDs are reserved for them.
In addition, members are given discounts to Kaicho Amor's
seminars and annual summer camp. Benefits also include
certification of rank and wallet-size membership card.
Ryukyu Kempo offers etiquette and ways of thinking.
Kaicho Amor also teaches that karate has more one meaning.
The translation of karate "Open Hand" can refer to
weaponless self-defense, but it also means an open hand
offered to help others. Thus, Ryukyu Kempo schools and
students are encouraged to participate in community service
Ryukyu Kempo offers unity.
One of the unique characteristics of Ryukyu Kempo is the
relationship between all the schools. Though they are each
independent, the instructors all draw their knowledge from a
single source, Kaicho Amor. The strength of his ki and his
philosophy have united the various instructors in a closeness
uncommon in the martial arts.
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