Chuan Fa Kenpo
The purpose of Kenpo International is to promote the health – physical,
mental, spiritual – of its members through fostering the growth of Western
manifestations of Eastern martial and yogic arts.
Kenpo International advocates a cross-cultural approach for the seeker
of self-development and knowledge. No one school, style, system or culture
has a monopoly on truth. We examine disciplines from China, Tibet, Burma,
India, Thailand, and Japan.
The Chuan Fa Kenpo system is a flowering of these ancient traditions
of martial and yogic psychophysical training. Chuan Fa Kenpo includes combat
arts, health and fitness training, meditation disciplines.
Kenpo International was founded in 1990 by
Edward Orem. Sifu Orem is the KI Director, as well as Chief Instructor
of Chuan Fa Kenpo. CFK is affiliated with the International Chinese Boxing Association. Sifu
Orem has trained in martial arts since 1964, and holds an 10th
Duan ranking in Chuan Fa Kenpo, and a 6th Black Sash in Chinese
The combatives components include thousands of defense maneuvers stemming from the "pure idea realm" of the 340 self-defense techniques described
in The Masters Manual: Chuan Fa Kenpo Close Combat (available in kindle, epub and PDF on Amazon.com and Lulu.com), 60 empty-hand forms (with roots in both Northern and Southern Shaolin traditions), 20 weapons forms (staff, saber, double sabers, dagger, double daggers, baton, double batons, rapier, tri-sectional staff, butterfly swords, and spear). The health and meditation parts of the system include Bodhidharma's teachings (see Esoteric
Martial Arts of Zen: Training Methods from the Patriarch, available in kindle, epub and PDF on Amazon.com and Lulu.com)
T’ai-chi Ch’uan, Shing-I Ch’uan, Buddhist and Taoist Chi-Kung.
Training Videos & Manuals
Kenpo International offers the following instructional materials for
sale to the general public. Membership is not required for access to these DVD
video presentations and manuals. Before ordering, read instructions under
These manuals may be purchased as paperbacks, mobi kindle format, epub files, PDF through Amazon.com and Lulu.com.
: 340 defensive
combat maneuvers presented step-by-step to 5th Degree Black
Belt. Includes counters against both empty-handed and weapons attacks,
as well as against multiple opponents. Devastating, hard-core put-em-down-take-em-out
techniques. Not for the faint of heart.
Martial Arts of Zen: Training Methods from the Patriarch:
This manual presents methods long forgotten or ignored by the elitist,
intellectual Zen/Chaan Buddhist leadership of Japan and the U.S. Includes
historical, social, cultural, and martial backgrounds illustrating the
importance of the three systems taught by Bodhidharma at Shaolin in the
5th Century AD. If not for the martial brotherhood at Shaolin
and Fukien Temples, this information would have been lost! Includes 190
photographs and step-by-step instruction for Shipalohanshou/18 Methods
of the Enlightened Ones and Yijinjing/Muscle-Sinew Changing
The Masters Manual: Chuan Fa Kenpo Close Combat
All external arts are demonstrated 10 to 16 times at normal, slow, and
freeze-frame modes, complete with close-ups and from several angles. The
body hardening/ki or chi development/internal arts tapes also offer multiple
viewings from several angles.
Each DVD's primary emphasis is noted in a description below its title,
including 1) level of difficulty, and 2) conditioning intent. If you’ve
had little training (less than two or three years), we recommend that you
first progress through the "Foundation Series."
Maximum conditioning and excellent training effect will occur if you combine
the "Foundation" materials with the designated "partner"
empty-hand forms (noted in the DVD descriptions).
DVDs range in length from 44 minutes to one hour, 50 minutes. The following
40+ instructional videos were filmed outdoors in their entirety, taking
advantage of the inspiring scenery and background of the mountains and
lakes of northeastern California, at the confluence of the Sierra and Cascade
(All "Foundation" DVDs are $30- each,
plus shipping—unless bought with "partner" fist forms)
- Basic Training: 1-½ hours.
Two complete systems for loosening, stretching, strengthening your whole
body. Also includes pre-conditioning drills for legs and arms that ready
you for the following "Foundation" tapes.
- Iron Warrior I: 50 minutes. Lower body
conditioning to provide an essential, primary base for effective maneuvering,
proper stepping. These 20 stance drills (with attendant hand techniques)
produce very strong legs, giving you enormous power for kicking. The "partner"
form is Shao Shizu Ch’uan/Small Cross Fist
(see below, under Beginners’ Empty-Hand Forms).
- Iron Warrior II: 50 minutes. A proven,
effective 100-day regimen for external hardening of the upper body, as
well as for improving overall health. These hypo-gastric/diaphragmatic
breathing exercises are also designed to generate ki. A necessary prelude
to any effective application of combat maneuvers or fighting forms. Also
complements mental training and the study of pressure-point strikes. Taken
from the closed-door Chinese and Tibetan traditions. The "partner"
form is Jiben Ch'uan/Fundamental Fist,
described below under Beginners' Empty-Hand Forms.
- Iron Warrior III: One hour, 50 minutes.
This tape consists of more than 100 different Kempo hand and leg technique
combinations of blocks and strikes, building on primary strength drills
presented in Basic Training and
Iron Warrior I. The added conditioning
and skills bring the student up to intermediate level in kicking and hand
strikes. These drills are performed in linear fashion, as part of the extensive
warm-up and strengthening program that precedes combat and/or forms training.
Great for increasing stamina, co-ordination, balance. Both left and right
sides, at slow and normal speeds, are shown for greater understanding of
application. Useful, necessary work applicable from White through Brown
Belt levels. Used in conjunction with its "partner" form Tam
Tui/SpringyLegs, this training continues to build
the underlying strength and health base necessary for advanced work in
- Iron Warrior IV: One hour, 17
minutes. Two primary tasks underlie all martial training: how to toughen
the body and how to generate/maintain/control chi or ki. This DVD addresses
both tasks. The first part of the tape is from the Southern 5 Animals system.
It's an entire specialized hand form, purely external and strength-oriented
in nature, performed with acute isotonic contractions throughout the whole
body. Its "partner" form is Chan Fu-Hao
Ch'uan Fa/Zen Kempo Tiger-Crane Fist. The second section
comes from the Northern 5 Animals system and its collection of 28 isotonic
and internal exercises have been used for centuries to get results. Designed
to develop power, flexibility of joints, breath control, balance, grace,
- Novice at the Temple Gate: Beginner's (White Belt level)
introduction to the first 20 conflict resolutions described in The Masters Manual. Demonstration
of 20 techniques to get yourself out of those sticky situations: grabs,
chokes, punches, pushes, hammerlocks. $35-.
- Opening of the Lock: Demonstration and teaching of the
next 25 techniques to Blue Belt. Defenses against chokes, headlocks, punches,
grabs, rushing attacks -- from both front and rear. $35-.
Beginner's Empty-Hand Forms
(All these DVDs are $30- each, unless purchased
with "partner" tapes, as noted above and below.)
- Shao Shizu Ch'uan/Small Cross Fist: A
basic block/punch/step/kick fighting form. A simple, easy-to-learn drill
that develops beginner's capabilities. Can be purchased with partner DVD
Iron Warrior I as a double set for
- Jiben Ch'uan/Fundamental Fist: A strength
and body power development form. Produces a positive effect on general
health due to isotonic breathing. If purchased with Iron
Warrior II, the double set costs $50-.
- Di-San Ch'uan/Three Fists: A fast form emphasizing agility.
Excellent fighting form following the strength-building forms listed above.
- Moi Fa Kuen/Plum Flower Fist: Excellent strength and
stamina form. Stresses use of angles and directional change. Lends itself
to many excellent combat applications. For best results, should be worked
with only after Iron Warrior I and
- Chan Fu-Hao Ch'uan Fa/Zen Kempo Tiger-Crane
A fast, short form that teaches quickness produced through
movements of sudden contraction and expansion of muscular and mental energies.
An excellent fighting form to follow the strength and stamina-building
forms listed above. For best results, use with Iron
Warrior IV ($50- for both).
- Liu Lu Lohan Ch'uan/Six Methods of the Monk: A basic
northern Shaolin form emphasizing typical stances and primary strikes/blocks
of the ancient "long-fist" styles.
- Shaolin Ch'uan/Temple Arts Fist: A solid and balanced
fighting form from the northern Honan school of Chinese boxing. Excellent
foundation form for the advanced Shaolin fighting sets that follow. Unusual
in beginner's curriculum in that it builds good springing skills.
- Sa Bai Kuen/Basic Fist: A strong beginner's set from
the Southern 5 Animals school. An in-line, practical fighting set, with
grabs and takedowns evident, as well as front/side/Crescent kicks.
- Chan Shao Pai Hao Ch'uan Fa/Zen Kempo Young White Crane Fist:
This form lends itself to excellent fighting applications, with its
typical one-legged and open-hand Crane techniques from both short and long
ranges. Compound circular blocking further characterizes this excellent
Intermediate Empty-Hand Forms
(All these DVDs are $30- each)
- Kung Li Ch'uan/Path of Power: This and the following
two forms are designed to build a great deal of raw power in all types
of movement. From the tough Tam school of northern China.
- Tam Tui/Springy Legs: A very long form
designed to build strength and power into all aspects of punching, blocking,
kicking, striking. Structured in 10 "lines" which move back and
forth, with the combinations of the drill changing with each line. Exceptional
for increasing power in self-defense; each line represents many defense
applications. One of the most comprehensive hard-style forms in existence.
Can be purchased with Iron Warrior III
as a double set for $50-.
- Dwun Da Ch'uan/Short Strike Fist: This Tam form brings
together the striking power generated by the first two above, and adds
Iron Broom sweeps, a flying Crescent kick, and interesting short-range
punching techniques to the "long-hand" maneuvers. Great for stamina.
- Tao Lu Ch'uan/Five Attacks Fist: A classic, on-line northern
form with large body of combat maneuvers, with sweeps and long-range tactics.
- Mei Hua Jay Ch'uan/Plum Blossom Fast Fist: Northern form
with unusual Phoenix Eye "peng" strikes and quick-stepping
throughout. Classical extended postures of northern styles.
Advanced Empty-Hand Forms
(All these DVDs are $30- each)
- Chan Hou Ch'uan Fa/Zen Kempo Monkey Fist: This unusual
form is the Zen Kempo transitional link between external and soft arts.
Performed without acrobatics, the rather soft movements are distinguished
by their targeting specific vital points, using the "peng"
fist, and a "cracking of the chi" at those points.
- Chan Wu Ge Shou Ch'uan Fa/Zen Kempo 5 Animals Fist:An
extremely long, combined animal form of almost 200 postures and many more
striking techniques. The tremendous variety of combat patterns from the
Tiger, Leopard, Snake, Crane and Dragon styles broadens the ability to
integrate many skills.
- Chan Si Ba Ch'uan Fa/Zen Kempo Snake Fist: An explosive,
fast, aggressive set of moderate length. Typically snake-like in its rapid,
consecutive, machine gun-like block/attack sequences of authentic Snake
forms. A pure fighting form in every way, with quick strikes to eyes, throat,
groin. Low stancework throughout requires good strength foundation.
- Kung Chien Pu Ch'uan/Bow & Arrow Stepping Fist: A
difficult form with wide variety of compound circular techniques, short
and long range combinations, and multiple attack/defense combinations.
This set exemplifies excellent integration of form and function, beauty
and efficiency, finesse and strength.
- Bok Mei Ch'uan/White Eyebrow Tiger Fist: A short,
explosive form emphasizing over-powering opponent by pressing short-range,
compound circular techniques. Builds awesome speed. Not for those who haven't
completed body-hardening and ki/chi development programs.
- Bei Mei Hua Ch'uan/Northern Plum Flower Fist: A long
form with whirlwind kicks, Iron Broom sweeps, emphasizing power. Compound
maneuvers mixed with in-line attack sequences.
- Bei Chang Ch'uan/Northern Long Fist: A long, extremely
demanding form in terms of the strength, agility, endurance, grace required.
Will challenge senior students and instructors alike.
- Dragon's Head Staff 1: Beginner's form, comes with preparatory
exercises. The increases in wrist and forearm strength from the exercises
alone are remarkable. The form is with single-end staff, and the pattern
is down-and-back. $30-
- Dragon's Head Staff 2: An intermediate skill level form
using double-end staff. Many circular weaves, figure 8's, yet very practical.
Also part of this tape are 12 technique drills for sharpening your application
of defensive and counter-attack maneuvers, shown against opponent. $35-.
- Basic Saber: Beginner's form with preparatory exercises
emphasizing building the strength and agility of hand and wrist. The form
comes from the Lohan system with an in-line "T" pattern using
jumping front kick and one-legged spins. $30-.
- Monk's Broadsword: This intermediate level form encompasses
all major postures found in a curved, single-edged weapon of medium length.
Emphasizes agility, one-leg spin control, leaping spins. As challenging
as it is pleasing to see and perform. This tape costs $35-.
- Li Kuei Jinggun/Black Whirlwind Baton: Single baton form,
fast-paced with circular, free-swinging, rapid-turning in-line techniques.
Unusual kicking combination accompanies baton work. This tape begins by
presenting fundamentals and basic drills necessary for effective maneuvering.
- T'ai-chi Chien: A short beginner's set with the double-edge
straight sword. Contains all of the basic postures for this weapon study.
Excellent for practice of extending chi out the end of your weapon. $35-.
- Introduction to T'ai-chi Ch'uan: For the practitioner
with no previous training in "soft" arts. Includes instruction
in following: chi-kung exercises (both static and moving), zhan
zhuang (standing meditation) and Yi Bai Ching Kung/100 Muscle Changes,
a complete therapy of muscle stretching and joint loosening. $25-.
- Short Yang T'ai-chi Ch'uan: For those who have never
studied T'ai-chi Ch'uan. This form takes about 10 minutes to complete.
Extensions of limbs are moderate, and the pace is slow. Good first step
into "moving meditation." $30-.
- Kuang Ping T'ai-chi Ch'uan: A very dynamic set well-suited
for combat. Vigorous, with quick tempo, includes several high kicks, including
a jumping snap kick to the head. Postures are extended and athletic. $35-.
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or 2) getting a refund.
- REFUNDS: Generally, we do not grant refunds. We feel that the
descriptions of the forms provide a good idea of what to expect from the
materials. What you read in the descriptions here is what you get. You
have to have an exceptional reason to warrant a refund.
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