Saturday, November 03, 2007

From Aikido to Zen (K)

Kenpo

(Also Called Kempo)

Martial Arts Style

Kenpo’s origins are shrouded in mystery, but this art seems to be Chuan Fa, transplanted to Okinawa and then Japan via wandering Chinese monks. This inference is largely made because the Shaolin martial art Chuan Fa translates to “fist art” and Kenpo translates to “law of the fist”. Regardless of its ancient origins the modern era of Kenpo begins when James Mitose opens the “Official Self Defense Club” in Honolulu in 1936. Mitose taught William Chow, who in turn taught Ed Parker, who brought Kenpo to the United States. Parker, a greatly influential teacher, is often credited with “discovering” Bruce Lee at a Kenpo tournament, and was a martial arts instructor to the stars, including Steve McQueen and Elvis Presley. However, Parker also taught police self-defense, lending credibility to his style’s combat effectiveness.

Prerequisites: Combat Martial Arts or Defensive Martial Arts

Style Maneuvers

Unarmed 4 ranks: Low Kick: when using the Precision Strike perk to target an opponent’s Foot, Calf, Knee, Thigh or Groin, your penalties to target these locations are reduced by 2.

Unarmed 8 ranks: Attack Focus (unarmed): +2 to attack rolls

Unarmed 12 ranks: Body Blow: On a successful attack to your opponent’s stomach or chest, your opponent must make a Fortitude save equal to your attack roll +10 or be flat-footed for the next 1-4 rounds. If you are using the injury rules, this is in addition to any effects from a stomach or chest hit due to injuries.

Unarmed 16 ranks: Weapon Finesse (unarmed): your Dexterity modifier is considered +2 higher for purposes of this feat.

Unarmed 20 ranks: Agility Training +2 Dexterity

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