Shaolin’s theory of fighting is based upon effective multiple strikes off a powerful mobile base, with linear, angular and circular offensive and defensive motions with simultaneous manipulation of the opponent’s upper and lower body masses.
Shaolin Kempo Karate should only be used in the development of your mind and body. Only use the techniques you learn here in training and self-defense. Never abuse this knowledge. The Shaolin Kempo Karate fighting system is one of the only system’s that incorporates the movements of the original five animals: TIGER , LEOPARD , DRAGON , CRANE , and SNAKE . It is a system that promotes health and wisdom.
From the Tiger we learn Strength and Tenacity in our fighting strategies, techniques as well as in our Daily Life. The Tiger is very powerful and direct. The Tiger commits it’s entire mind and body into each move. There is no hesitation in the Tigers mind. Fingertip and revolving pushups are helpful during Tiger Training.
From The Leopard , we learn speed and Agility in our Fighting strategies, techniques as well as in our daily life. The Leopard is extremely fast and angular. It is noted for its sudden changes of movement and varied angles of attack. The Leopard is not as big as the Tiger, but is capable of “providing great effect” force = speed (x) mass. The Leopard completes this equation quite well. Hand to eye coordination and reflex training drills are good foundations for effective Leopard techniques.
From The Dragon , we learn Versatility and Indomitable sprit in our fighting strategies, techniques as well as in our daily life. The Dragon is the mystical aspect of our system. The Dragon is noted for its spinning movements, such as spinning heel and spinning back kicks as well as Dragon tail sweeps. Low level lunges in all directions are very useful during Dragon training. The Dragon can change into any animal at any movement. This is a key part of the secrets of our system of movement.
From the Crane , we learn Grace and Balance in our Fighting strategies, techniques as well as in our daily life. The Crane is very aware and evasive. many people underestimate the Crane’s power. It doesn’t have much body weight, but it utilizes it very well and it positions itself effectively. The Crane has excellent stances, but understanding of being in the proper position at the proper time is properly it’s most valuable tool.
From The Snake we learn inner strength and rhythmic endurance in our fighting strategies, techniques as well as in our daily life. The Snake is very calm and accurate. Flexibility is a key part of Snake training. Don’t neglect upper torso and arm flexibility; not just your legs. The Snake is completely supple in body and mind.
The art of Shaolin Kempo Karate with it’s graceful movements for development of the internal energy & balance of the body’s external strengths is the essence for producing a superior fighter. We believe the application of the physical and mental aspects of the martial arts will help you to achieve harmony and balance.
Champions kempo karate teaches Shaolin kempo karate as its core system of martial art,(kata, combos & kempos). Sensei Todd has incorporated some grappling from Brazilian Jujitsu, stand up Jujitsu and Tae kwon do kicks as well as Israeli fighting. To enhance the system and teach Champions students that we can learn a lot from many different martial arts in the world.