About Nippon Kenpo

History of Nippon Kenpo:

Developed in 1932 by Muneomi Sawayama, the art place an equal emphasis on striking techniques using hands and feet, immobilization and controls, projections and take-downs.  Nippon Kenpo is a defensive art that does not restrict students in methodology.

From a technical point of view, Nippon Kenpo is a martial art system based on techniques of striking and kicking (atemi-waza), blocking (uke-waza), throwing (nage-waza), reverse joint locks (kansetsu-waza), and ground combat (ne-waza).  It uses techniques derived from other arts including judo, jujutsu, aikido, karate, kung fu, boxing, and wrestling.

Practitioners fight and practice these techniques with protective gear called bogu, as the art is full contact and therefore men (headgear), do (chest protector), kurobu (gloves), and a mate ate (groin protector) are used.


In Japan, Nippon Kenpo is practiced in over 100 universities and is part of the training in many police forces.

Fudoshin Dojo was founded in 2002 by Sensei Robi Kunkel.


Fudoshin is one of the five spirits of the warrior (budo), and is often used as a Japanese martial arts tenant.  Fudoshin is the state of an unshakeable mind and an immoveable spirit.  It is courage and stability displayed both mentally and physically.  Rather than indicating rigid inflexibility, fudoshin describes a condition that is not easily upset by internal thoughts or external forces.  It is capable of receiving a strong attack while retaining composure and balance.  It receives and yields lightly, grounds to earth, and reflects aggression back to the source.

One thought on “About Nippon Kenpo

  1. Master Kunkel,
    Sir, it is always a pleasure to watch your students compete. I enjoyed the tournament on 8 June.

    J.R. Ford


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