Saturday, July 24, 2021

Shorinji Kempo: Shaolin Kung Fu's Kicking Cousin

 Black Belt Magazine article from October 2013

Although martial art movies and magazines have caused the popularity of numerous arts to skyrocket, shorinji kempo remains a mystery to most people. Even martial art enthusiasts are frequently ignorant of shorinji kempo's techniques and philosophy. And they are almost always astonished to learn that the style has accumulated some 1.5 million students in more than 3,000 dojo in 27 countries. 

A single group headquartered in the town of Tadotsu on the island of Shikoku, Japan, regulates all training and testing. However, with only 23 dojo in the United States and four in Canada, shorinji kempo is still an enigma to most Americans. This article will attempt to remedy that. 

(click on the link for the full article)

Saturday, July 17, 2021

THE PAPER TIGERS Official Trailer (2021)

I missed this movie when it came out but it looks to be very funny. I will for sure pick up the DVD. 

Good to see Kenpo practitioner Matthew Page with what looks to be a major role. 

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Elvis' karate career

 (Elvis laughing with Mr. Bill "Superfoot" Wallace and Mr. Dave Hebler after hitting Mr. Wallace in the head with his trophy.)

Elvis had studied the martial arts for many years before he began studying kenpo after a chance meeting with Mr. Parker.

Elvis was first exposed to karate in 1958 after he was drafted into the Army and stationed in Germany. His first instructor was a German shotokan stylist named Juergen Seydel who taught Elvis at his off-base housing in Nauheim. Elvis developed a passion for karate which continued throughout his life.

When he returned to Memphis, Elvis earned his first degree black belt in 1960 under Chito-ryu stylist Hank Slemansky. Later, he trained in a Memphis dojo under Master Kang Rhee, who bestowed upon him a seventh degree black belt in March of 1973 and his eighth in September of 1974. Elvis would open his own center, the Tennessee Karate Institute in the Crosstown area of Memphis in 1974.

Saturday, June 12, 2021


 Makes me think of every time we hit the mat we should be progressing, even if it is just a little bit. 

If you go to class or a seminar and you don't progress you've wasted your, and everyone else's, time.