Renzoku Ken: Combat Combinations of Kempo
By William Durbin
Kempo is one of the most ancient and effective martial arts-when taught properly. Making it so good is its complete nature. While most kempo teaching in the United States is incomplete, in its initial Asian form it is one of the most comprehensive of all arts. Kempo systems in Japan tended to be complete, with not only grappling and striking skills, but also weapons training. This is the way kiyojute ryu kempo bugei is taught. The kempo is complete. James Mitose used what is called renzoku ken to teach his most dangerous principles. To such an extent, in fact, that some people believe combination techniques are the totality of kempo. Combination techniques are central to kempo, but proper renzoku ken is more than memorizing combinations.