Isn't kenpo a form of karate?

Discussion in 'Kenpo' started by 8limbs38112, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. Moosey

    Moosey invariably, a moose Supporter

    My understanding is that kempo can be used in Japanese to refer to martial arts generally. But when people in the west talk about kempo it's usually a reference to the American martial arts schools that popped up in Hawaii and thereabouts in the 1940s/50s having been imported from Japan/Okinawa by people stationed there after the Pacific conflict. I think it's just one of those words that's taken on a life of its own in the modern West. A Japanese person saying it might be talking about kung fu, but a Western person saying it probably means American Kempo.

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