In this video I discuss the difference between using hard style blocks within self-defense as oppose to soft style blocks. Afterwards I teach a technique that utilizes soft blocks from 1 of our 7 warrior traditions – Koka-ryu Kempo.
There are many ways to block/defend and oncoming attack. There is no single correct way. There are many ways, all dependent on the situation. To have a high level of skill within Kempo, you need to understand and master all of the various defensive/blocking maneuvers so that you can counter an oncoming attack efficiently and effectively. This lesson is directly for the practitioners of the ancient Japanese koryu martial arts of the ninja and samurai, such as ninjutsu (ninpo) and bujutsu (budo).
Koka Ryu Kempo (甲賀流拳法) was constructed by Soke Anshu Christa Jacobson as a system for self-improvement, self-discipline and self-protection. Soke Anshu trained in many different kenpo / kempo systems and wanted to compile all of her training into one practice of kempo calling it, Koka-ryu Kempo. The Art of Koka-ryu Kempo is a direct lineage of Kosei Ryu Kempo which originated from the Shiga prefecture of Japan, also known as Koka.
In 2006 Soke Anshu inherited the art of Kosei-ryu Kempo, making her the 4thSoke within its lineage. However; since she was already teaching kempo as part of the Budo Ryu Kai curriculum, she had to make a choice. To either cut out all of the kempo teachings that are not Kosei-ryu, and only teach the Kosei-ryu methods, or to take the art of Kosei-ryu Kempo that she inherited, and combine it with her other kempo training and experiences.
Soke Anshu decided to combine all of her kempo training, principals, and strategies together under the Budo Ryu banner; constructing the art of Koka-ryu Kempo. Since Kosei-ryu came from the Shiga prefecture of Japan, and it’s the fundamental base of the Budo Ryu kempo curriculum, it is only fitting to have named the kempo training Koka-ryu Kempo which translates out as: “Koka School of Fist Fighting”.