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What is Kempo?
At Oriental Arts we practice a style of martial arts called kempo.  Kempo is a blend of Chinese kung fu and Japanese karate.  The karate portion of kempo can be classified as a striking art punches, kicks, elbow strikes, and the like. The kung fu element of kempo emphasizes the redirection of the attacker’s strikes and is noted by its fluid, circular motions.  Kempo, the culmination of these two art forms, provides the ideal balance of self-defense methods. Additionally, kempo is a great way to enhance both physical and mental fitness. 
 
Kempo draws on five animals  the tiger, leopard, snake, crane & dragon  that embody the spirit of the art form.
The Tiger
 
The tiger symbolizes the power, strength and tenacity exhibited in kempo.
Undeniably, developing one’s physical strength is crucial in mastering the art form.
The Leopard
 
Moreover, speed, agility and precision, all of which are represented by the leopard, are enhanced as one practices kempo. 
The Snake
 
Mastering the art form is not entirely a physical feat however;
mental acuity and focus are equally as important as physical power.  
Noted for its internal strength (aka “chi”) and overall flexibility, the snake
represents the cunning intelligence cultivated throughout the study of kempo.
The Crane
 
Kempo’s blend of physical strength and mental tenacity results in not only a
practical form of self-defense, but an absolutely stunning art form to observe.
For this reason, the crane, admired for its balance and gracefulness, is one of
the emblematic animals of kempo. 
The Dragon
 
Lastly, the dragon encapsulates the intangible spirit of kempo. 
It speaks to the incredible versatility of the art form.

  

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