Kempo – Free Hands Tecnics
Sensei Luis Luna
We intend to touch lives in a positive way and improve both people and our society- one Black belt at a time
- To teach excellence, achieved though the values of Focus, Perseverance and Honor. Business will be conducted in accordance with these same values.
- To arm people with Self-Esteem and provide them with the life skills of success.
- To provide the highest quality instruction in Martial Arts.
- To provide a fun, positive and open atmosphere where people are respected, families are appreciated and the community is strengthened.
Include statement-focus, perseverance and honor as well as the Martial Arts principle of courtesy,modesty in integrity and self control
Our philosophy is that we should apply the same values and principles to our every day practices.
History of Kempo as Martials Arts
Kempo, by many, is believed to be an American style of martial arts. This is true for it was in America that people such as William Chow, Adriano Emperado, Walter Godin, Victor “Sonny” Gascone, Ed Parker, and Nick Cerio influenced the kempo we now know today. As you may notice, I did not say that they created kempo. All they did was add their own flavor to something that already existed. It is virtually impossible to create your own martial art system. Every system has its roots in another martial arts system, and kempo’s roots are tightly intertwined in the martial arts of China and Japan. Presently, some kempo systems correlate more with their Japanese roots, while others emulate their Chinese roots. Through my own experiences in kempo, and in my studies of tai chi chuan, I find the connection between the two nearly insepartable.
Characteristics of Kempo
“Kempo is neither an exclusively hard nor soft style, but a well balanced system of both. The key to kempo is fluidity and continuous motion,”as quoted by Professor Nick Cerio. Kempo, considered by many as an external style, is not as hard of a style as Shotokan or Karate. The movements are not stiff and the power is not external (at least in the higher levels of training). The power that is developed is internal and comes from allowing your body to relax and from the movements of your hips. All kempo techniques are based on logic. You react depending on how your opponent reacts. Every technique executed also follows a particular pattern. First, the kempo practitioner starts off w/ a block, parry, redirection, or evasive maneuver. The redirection and evasion techniques are principally based on tai chi chuan. In kempo, a block can also be a strike, and a strike a block. Then the practitioner closes the distance between himself and his opponent; this step is crucial. It limits the amount of options your attacker has and gives you better control over him. Being close to your opponent also allows you to send more force through him with your strikes. Next you must upset his balance, and at the same time stabilize and root yourself. When someone’s balance is broken his or her natural reaction is to regain it. Upsetting an opponents balance also disables him from attacking you and stops him from defending against your attacks, as soon as you lose your balance you lose the fight. The same goes for when you upset your opponent?s balance you win the fight. This pattern (block, close distance, break balance) doesn’t have to necessarily be pulled off in this order, but all the characteristics will be there, and some can actually be executed simultaneously. All these characteristics must also be executed in a fluid and continuous motion. The goal of all kempo practitioners should be: how to conquer their opponent(s) with as little or no effort as possible. Here we see another principle of tai chi chuan. It shouldn’t be a struggle. Remember that it is your technique that will determine the outcome of a situation.
Shaun McCorkell was promoted to black belt by Master Rich Fescina and is an Instructor at the Kempo Martial Arts Dojo of Farmingdale, L.I. Shaun is also an Architecture major at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT).