I've been trying to grasp what kempo (kenpo) is and I thought I found the answer. But then I think I've been wrong. I just started training in 'kempo' and from what I've read, it just seems like it's a blend of other martial arts. It seems more like an ecletic art (though I could be wrong). Before I joined the school, I asked the chief instructor if they taught a specific style (ie shorinji, ryukyu kempo, etc.) but he said no. He told me there is 'no stlye'....kempo is just kempo. Now I'm wondering, maybe he was referring to the 'original' kempo before people started to add their own components into the art. But what was the original kempo like? Also, I heard that kempo is the Japanese term for Chuan Fa. Is chuan fa a particular style? Or is it a term that means something like 'martial arts'?