Like the Matador

The angry bull charges the lone matador, yet he can not gore him with his horns. With a subtle turn of his hips, the matador avoids the bull by inches. He does this time and time again until the bull collapses from exhaustion or is stabbed to death by the matador’s swords. This gruesome story […]

Distance Training

Over the years I seen lots of students leave the school. Many of these long time students were also family members. Most of them still wish to train in Kempo with me yet the shear distance involved doesn’t facilitate the desire. To solve this dilemma I’ve decided to do something anathema to “true” martial arts […]

Red Light!

Avoiding conflicts requires you to be aware of your surrounding. Awareness must be a constant vigil. There are four threat levels that require a degree of awareness and intuition on your part. Intuition is your feelings or analysis of a situation based on non-verbal, emotional, and body-movement clues. Allow your brain to acknowledge these feelings […]

Kali’s Angles

There are an infinite variety of attacks that can come to you, yet they all must travel along one of the 360 degrees that make up a circle. Of these 360 angles (or degrees), you can reduce the number further still to eight. Practice attacks along these eight primary angles and you can address an […]

Sticks and Stones

The pocket stick or yawara is an effective weapon because it can mimic hand strikes, especially finger strikes. It does a better job since it has no feelings or flesh to cushion your strike. And anything firm about the size of your hand will do as an improvised yawara – pen, pencil, spoon, screwdriver or […]

Unbalanced Point

Have you ever tried to knock over a tripod? It isn’t easy. It’s far easier to knock over a two-legged table. Humans have two legs. We would naturally fall over if it weren’t for our joints, muscles and tendons. Still, we have the capacity to fall over and often we do. In Kempo, we use […]