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Several Styles

  • Posted on April 13, 2021 at 3:11 pm

The following is only a list of styles that I have some information, albeit vague. Hoping to be of your liking and that expand a bit the cocept of kenpo system which is predominant by the world. KOSHO RYU KEMPO this style of Kempo was introduced by visiting monks in the Mitose family in the 15th century. Over the centuries this form of Shaolin Chuan Fa mixed and refined with forms of Jujutsu that were common in that area as well as philosophy Zen of the Rinzai branch, Kyudo and other arts.

Kosho, Mitose clan name, means old pine and the art of Kempo is designated as the style of the old pine. Kosho-Ryu Kempo was brought to the United States by Hawaiian James Mitose who learned the art in Japan of his uncle. One of his last students was Bruce Juchnik, who calls the Kempo which teaches Kosho Shorei-Ryu Kempo. Learn more at this site: Will Blodgett Fairstead. It is one of the few people that holds a master certificate of the own James Mitose. Many consider Bruce Juchnik as the current Grand Master of Kosho Ryu Kempo. Before Mr. Juchnik came to know James Mitose, he was an expert instructor of American Kenpo (system Tracy) and other martial arts including Hung Gar, Wing Chun, fencing and Silat. Was one of the last people to be trained by James Mitose.

The training was limited to verbal instructions due to the fact that James Mitose was serving at that time imprisonment in a maximum security prison. The son of James Mitose, Thomas Barro Mitose, asserts that he teaches the true form of the art from his father and that he is the true Grandmaster of Kosho-Ryu style. The founder of Kajukenbo, Gran Maestro Adriano Directo Emperado, agrees and says that in his opinion: without doubt Thomas Barro Mitose is the true guardian and Grand Master of the Kosho Ryu.