Kenpo, often referred to as Kenpo Karate, is a style of karate that originated in Japan and was expanded upon by professionals in Hawaii. It focuses on linear kicks, pressure point manipulation, joint locking and circular movement patterns. It is slightly controversial as Kenpo can also encourage joint breaking, going against the rules of simple self defence and become more aggressive in nature. However, this variation is one that has developed over time and away from the original homeland of Kenpo.
James Mitose and William Kwai Sun Chow are seen as the fathers of modern day American style Kenpo Karate, as it was originally developed by them. Martial artists, George Pesare and Sonny Gascon, further developed this style of fighting. Their student, Federik J Villari, brought also made major changes in the style and turned it into something significantly more attacking. Combining elements of Shaolin Kung Fu with elements of Kenpo, Federij J Villari developed what is known as Shaolin Kenpo Karate in the world of today. In different studios one of these two styles are adopted.
Kempo is the same type of martial arts as Kenpo, the difference lies only in the transliteration of the word from the original Kanji language. Different masters use either Kempo or Kenpo, but neither is deemed more authentic than the other, with wide recognition that the difference comes only due to pronunciation of the word.
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