Katsu-Ryu Kempo Blue Chart DVD
Katsu-Ryu Kempo is a martial arts system that incorporates 12 animals into its fighting techniques, forms and bunkai. Although considered a Japanese Martial Art system Katsu-Ryu Kempo derives its roots from ancient Chinese Gung-Fu. This Japanese martial arts system more closely ties to traditional Chinese systems than any other Japanese system available today.
Each of the 12 Animals (shown below) have their own specific stances, defenses and striking techniques which makes them all unique in their own way. At a basic level of knowledge, a practitioner may only utilize one animal form individually against an opponent. At advanced levels, students are able to string multiple animal forms together which allows for unique approaches towards bunkai.
- Praying Mantis
Kempo charts follow a natural progression from beginner to master level much like the traditional Karate belt system. The Kempo charts utilize colors to represent each step towards mastery of the system. They begin with White aka Beginner Level and progress all the way through White Silk aka Master Level. Each chart series includes 5 combinations which add up to a total of 40 combinations for all the colors. All chart series bunkai are performed against live attackers. Each combination itself includes Blocks, Strikes, Kicks, Pressure Points, Joint Locks and Take Downs. As mentioned above, these charts are not beginner level techniques to a typical Karateka, but instead considered advanced techniques. As a student in the IKKU – International Karate Kobudo Union progresses along their path in Karate-Do they will also be introduced to the appropriate Katsu-Ryu Kempo Chart and Techniques as a requirement for their appropriate level of knowledge.
- White Silk