What Our Logo Means



A reminder of our ancestral art of “Kosho-Ryu Kempo” that was said to be based directly on Shaolin Kung-Fu.

The Chinese Writing
The symbols roughly translated mean “train hard with all your ability”. The symbols are in sections, the first four mean “train hard” and the last two mean “ability”

The Fist
The fist is a “front two knuckle”, on of the basic Kenpo strikes. It is also a universal strike used throughout the Martial Arts, however, it may not necessarily be called by the same name.

Small and Large Circle
The circle depicts a continuous cycle where there is no beginning or end. It is a progressive learning cycle of perpetual and unending movement or motion and represents a continuous commitment made by every serious Martial Artist.

The Swords
A reminder of the great Samurai Warrior. The swordsmen of feudal Japan were skilled in a wide variety of martial arts. Their dedication to perfecting their skills made them one of the most feared armies of all time. It was said that “the sword was the soul of the Samurai”.

The Dragon
The dragon, (a mythical animal), is one of the five animals of Shaolin Kung-Fu. The dragon represents internal strength which comes with seasoning. The internal strength develops an attitude where an individual will not be afraid of an opponent but of what they can do to the opponent. The dragon is powerful, filled with wisdom and for those who believe in its spirit is said to bring good luck

The Colors
The colors represent proficiency, achievement and authority . The WHITE background represents the many beginners who form the base of the Martial Arts. The YELLOW represents passion and the first level of achievement. The BLACK represents the level of expert . The RED represents the level of professorship which is over and above BLACK. This level is attained by one who has dedicated their life to the Martial Arts.

Kenpo Karate
The art that professor William K.S. Chow first taught and called “Kenpo Karate”. In Kenpo the “Ken” means fist and “PO” means law, thus Kenpo means “fist law” in Karate the “KAR” means empty and the “TE” means hand, thus Karate means “empty hand”. The term Kenpo Karate means “law of the fist and the empty hand”.

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