How hard is kenpo karate? i did kyokushin when i was much younger 15 years old and shotokan karate at 16 years old. I also did Tae Kwon Do from 16 to 24 years old. I am in back pain rehab now with lax ligaments nothing major in the spin or disks. Just wanted to know how hard was Kenpo, from what i have seen the techics are really cool. But i know nothing about the sparring if its full contact, light contact, i know the school near my house has a lot of protective gear when they do sparring, same has in Tae Kwon Do.