White Lotus Kempo is spiritual warrior art or we could say a traditional spiritual Karate.
Kempo is a complete warrior art; it is an exceptional mental and spiritual practice and an aid to maintaining good health. It reunites a person into one whole. At a first glance, it looks like a martial art, but in reality, it’s a path to full self-realization.
What makes Kempo so unique is its ability to reach the mind through the body and the body through the mind, until they become inseparable and calm. Once this union is achieved, turning to a spiritual goal comes naturally.
While combat is defined by the limitations of the warriors, Kempo is only limited by the universe itself. It does not depend on strong muscles but on intense insight.
Kempo is a martial art, an old one. It predates old Okinawan Traditional Karate. From Kempo emerged all today’s Karate styles. In movement, Katas, Kumite’s our Kempo looks very similar to traditional Okinawan Karate.
Kempo is a rounded system of healthy lifestyle whose side effects are the flexible, strong and harmonious body with healthy and balanced spirit.
Kempo kills only one’s ignorance. When someone does not see the difference, he becomes his own attacker.
History of Kempo
In the sixth century, in 540 Indian Buddhist priest (Bodhidharma Tamo) comes to visit Chinese emperor to arrange a way of spreading Buddhism in China.
Since they did not agree with the ways of spreading Buddhism, because Bodhidharma’s Indian Buddhism was too complicated for the Chinese mentality, the priest goes to a nearby Buddhist monastery called the Small Forest (Shaolin) to meet with the monks who were translating Buddhist texts from Indian into the Chinese language. He did not receive a warm welcome when he arrived and was forbidden to enter the monastery. After that, he goes to the nearby cave where he meditates for 9 years facing the wall with open lids so he could not fall asleep. After a certain time, the monks from the monastery recognized his values and allowed him to enter the monastery. After joining the Bodhidharma Monastery, he realized that the monks were physically underdeveloped and that they lack physical and mental strength for the most common meditation. To regain their strength, he began to teach them exercises in motion, designed to increase vital energy (Chi, Ki) and restore strength. It was the beginning of Chuan Fa. Since the temple was in the inaccessible area, where bandits and wild animals were highly active, these exercises began to turn into martial arts over time.
The three transmissions bequeathed by Bodhidharma to his successors were called in Japanese ‘Juhachirakanshukyo, ‘Ekikinkyo’ and ‘Senzuikyo’
Although martial arts existed in China and before the arrival of the Bodhidharma, just after its arrival in the next 1000 years there was a true blossom of various boxing styles in China. What distinguished Chuan Fa from the martial arts at the time was the spiritual component that gave a new dimension to martial arts and in a special way refined the skill of fighting without arms.
Later (around 1400), with the help of various Buddhist priests who taught esoteric teaching, came to Ryu Kyu Islands, which at that time were an independent kingdom. With the influence of the local population’s mentality, Chuan Fa, or Kempo, has slowly gained today’s form.
The Way (Do) of White Lotus Kempo precedes all forms of Karate. Regardless of the fact that in some parts of the past as well as certain traditions he practiced exclusively as a martial art, he was also part of the practice of esoteric schools in India and China, which can not be separated in his original form. Kempo practice still contains esoteric philosophy and Inner (Jap. Mikkyo) practice. All three major Mikkyo practices are within Kempo training. In modern Japan or in the western world it is difficult to find a school that still trains its students in the ancient inner ways. Properly trained Kempo possesses and maintains the elasticity of Indian Yoga, the flow of Tai Chi Chuan with the power of Ju-Jitsu and Karate. Kempo that we teach fits in each of these qualities and principles and creates profound beauty with its integrating mental, physical and spiritual doctrine and practice.
Strength and hardness as in Judo and Ju-Jutsu, fluid movements as in Tai Chi and Aikido, energy as in Karate and Tae Kwon Do, meditation in motion, that is Kempo today!