ABOUT KOSHO RYU KEMPO
Kosho Ryu International
Kosho Ryu is an ancient art form founded in about 1245
AD by a monk named Bosatsu. Legend has it that Bosatsu meditated
under an old pine tree and discovered the meaning of true self-defense.
Self-Defense with no body contact is the highest physical art.
Kosho Ryu artists learn to move such that opponents cannot see,
feel or hear them. By manipulating the attacker perception of their
environment, they are able to control their movements, force and
aggression. Today the temple still stands strong in Japan as it
did centuries ago. However, there is no practice of Kosho Ryu at
the temple at present, as the monks spend most of their time with
their religious practices. The most apparent reminder of the past
is an old plaque found on the temple grounds dedicated to Bosatsu.
The direct translation of Kosho Ryu is "the study of natural
laws", "the way of enlightenment" through motion
and movement. There is no other art like Kosho Ryu. It is not a "style" or "system" but
rather an understanding or process. It is a study of the natural
law of motion and movement. The student learns that all the seemingly
diversified art forms function by the same set of natural laws
and principles. In doing so, the student learns to accept and deal
with life as it is and not how they wish it to be. Kosho is about
the process of study. Its combative arts are devastatingly effective
but only represent a part of what Kosho Ryu is all about. The art
form builds healthy character and allows the student to expand
their abilities beyond expectations.
Kosho Ryu students learn to pay attention to their environment
and to themselves. As a result of this natural law approach, the
principles of Kosho can easily be integrated with any art. These
principles will lend new insights and a quantum leap in understanding
to even the advanced practitioners of martial arts.
Material taught in the Kosho Ryu curriculum include the understanding
of prepratory arts, human body and its systems, restorative arts,
escaping arts, healing arts, weaponry, philosophy, internal arts,
weaponless forms of self defense.
Kosho Ryu is more than just a fighting art, it is a way of life
complete with a socially significant philosophy that is capitalized
in the term "self-defense". Only in the most extreme
situations of life threading aggression are the fighting aspects
of the art brought into play. The fighting arts themselves are
designed to bring the opponent to the awareness of their wrong
doing rather than to harm them. Kosho Ryu is the development of
restraint, propriety, humbleness and integrity.