History of the Universal Kempo Karate Schools Association“Standards of Excellence”





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MARTIN T. AND SHEILA M. BUELL  
Universal Kempo-Karate Schools Association  
HEADQUARTERS   
98-713 Kuahao Place  
universalkempo@hawaii.rr.com  
Phone: 808-487-2686  
Fax: 808-488-8363  





History of the Universal Kempo Karate Schools Association
“Standards of Excellence”



Professor Martin T. Buell, founder of Universal Kempo Karate
Professor Martin T. Buell, founder of Universal Kempo Karate



The Past
Kempo Karate is regarded as a beautiful and highly skilled martial art. The beginning of Kempo Karate is somewhat obscure; some say it began in China, some say it began in India, and others indicate elsewhere. It seems that Kempo Karate is as old as man.

The formal beginning of Kempo Karate is attributed to the Buddhist monk Bodhidharma (Tamo in Mandarin Chinese or Daruma in Japanese). Bodhidharma journeyed over sea from India to China where he remained at a monastery called Shaolin and taught Buddhism to the Chinese monks there. This was approximately in the year 525 A.D., when Bodidharma combined Kempo Karate and Zen Buddhism into a workable method of physical and spiritual fitness.

In the year 525 A.D., China was split into many kingdoms and bandit baronies, and the Canton War Lords had disarmed the civilian population. Bandits were raiding the villages for food, molesting people, burning houses, and robbing the Buddhist temples. The Canton War Lords failed to protect the people and they turned to the priest Bodhidharma. Bodhidharma fasted, prayed, and meditated to God for many days. Then, he conveyed the message that war and killing is wrong, but is also wrong not to be prepared to defend oneself against evil tyrants. Bodhidharma encouraged the people that although they didn't have weapons, to make every finger a dagger, every fist a mace, every arm a spear, and every open hand a sword.

As time went on, the monks at Shaolin won the reputation of being the most formidable fighters in China. Since that time, Kempo Karate has gradually developed into powerful and skillful techniques. Shaolin Chuan Fa is considered by most martial arts historians to be the forerunner of karate and kung fu. Chuan Fa means “law of the fist.” Kempo is commonly used in Okinawa to describe karate systems that have Chuan Fa roots. These are not associated with the Kenpo/Kempo systems from Hawaii.

Kenpo/Kempo systems have evolved in Hawaii since their beginnings. When Professor Buell began his training, the schools in Hawaii used the “Kenpo” spelling. Professor Buell's research revealed that his martial arts were roots profoundly influenced by Chinese Kempo. Subsequently, Professor Buell changed the “Kenpo” spelling to “Kempo” in 1974. Some of the other schools followed suit and some stayed with “Kenpo.”













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