Teaching the arts of:
Kosho Shorei Ryu Kempo
Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu
21 N Centre St | Pottsville PA 17901
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Philosophy of Kosho

Philosophy of Kosho

"Kempo’s philosophy is to study and understand man’s relationship with nature. Kempo does not just deal with the physical arts; it also deals with the spiritual side of oneself, and mankind’s understanding of itself. Traditionally, Kempo students have studied much more than the physical martial arts. They also study philosophical classics, including the I Ching, the Book of Changes. They study the five elements and the In and Yo (Yin and Yang in Chinese). They understand the principle of balance, and how one can, through understanding balance, exist harmoniously with the whole of mankind. Within their own realm, in their own reality, they learn how to adjust their reality, behavior, or physical presence within others’ perception of reality. Primarily, they study themselves, in body, mind, and spirit. This microcosm leads to the understanding of all things.

Kempo, therefore means study, and practice, and the discipline of study and practice. The understanding of this philosophy, the embodiment of this practice, and the reality of this study prepares the Kempo-ka well for a possible conflict. Defending one’s self becomes very easy.  Kosho is a way of life and an understanding of the process of life. "

(Excerpt taken from Renshi Driscoll's new book, "Ultimate Kempo: The Spirit and Technique of Kosho Ryu".)
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