Posted on October 31 2017

The Striking Speed Of Kenpo

Throughout the world of martial arts, the style known as Kenpo is one of the best known striking styles. Kenpo uses extremely fast strikes.  Kenpo has been around for many years, originating from Japan.  It was tested on the ancient battlegrounds, using punches and kicks.  Kenpo employs weapons as well, including disarming techniques against opponents who are using weapons.

What many don’t realize, is that Kenpo is actually an older form of Karate. Throughout this martial art, fighters will be taught that every block is a counter, and ever counter is a block.  Instead of simply blocking an attack, fighter will learn how to block in a way that executes a strike.

The most well-known aspect of Kenpo is speed.  If you’ve ever seen it in action by someone who has been studying for many years, the hand speed of the stylist is simply amazing. Often times, a Kenpo fighter can land many strikes before you can even get the chance to counter - or block.

The hand speed in Kenpo comes from something known as speed striking.  Although Kenpo uses weapons and weapons training, it is more an unarmed martial art that teaches students how to defend themselves in any situation.

The speed striking in Kenpo takes many years to master.  Students of the art will practice forms on a daily basis, which helps with the speed.  By practicing a certain movement over and over again, students will get faster and faster.  They will practice with other students, the instructors, and also with equipment.  Over time, students will get amazingly quick and able to execute strikes with amazing speed and precision.

Shadow boxing is also essential to developing speed with Kenpo.  Students will spend quite a bit of time shadow boxing, learning their own movements.  As a result of shadow boxing, students will learn physical resistance as well as improve their levels of fitness.  This also helps with technique as well, as students will be engaging in practice with themselves.


The main exercise where speed striking will really come into play is with sparring.  When sparring, students will test their knowledge and skills against other students.  The instructors will pay close attention during this exercise, to see just how well the students are learning.  Sparring can be very fun to watch, especially when there are two black belts squaring off.  The more time a student spends sparring, the faster he will develop in the art of speed striking.

Throughout the years, Kenpo has proved to be a martial art with very fast strikes.  It is one of the fastest striking martial arts in existence.

Kenpō (拳法) is the name of several Japanese martial arts. The word kenpō is a Japanese translation of the Chinese word "quán fǎ". This term is often informally transliterated as "kempo".


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