Bushido Ryu - Kempo Do

Kempo is ancient chinese art of self defence that can trace its origins to the india of five thousand years ago. Evidence of the early form Kempo in india can be seen by extant wall paintings of that period. Buddhism and kempo were said to be linked and used as an effective method of unifying the mind and body. Although later development of both Buddhism and kempo show them to be completely separate and independant. It is believed that Buddhism and kempo were introduced to china by Bodhidrama in the early sixth century who valued meditation and kempo equally.

Later Chinese goverments destoyed the temples and dispersed the monks fearing how signicantly effctive kempo could be if it was in the wrong hands. It would seem that there was a resurgence of kempo from the latter part of the Sung dynasty (947-1279) until the ching dynasty (1662-1912). the ching goverment imposed serious measures to prevent the practice of kempo as a Martial Art in the 1900. They closed down all training halls, excuted teachers and ruthlessly eradicated Kempo from China.

Chinese kempo is thought to have migrated to japan during the kama-kura peroid (1192-1333 ) though monks patriots and rebels seeking refuge in japan. They brought with them various styles of Kempo which took root and matured into the japanese martial arts as they exist today.

Michael Davies founder of Bushido Ryu began his training in Martial Arts under the instruction of Roy Booth in 1972.
Studying Kempo Karate Michael acheieved his black belt grade in 1977.

In pursuit of knowledge of his training in Martial Art. The fundamental principles of this Martail Art would be founded upon equality and harmony. The objectives would be for a students to learn and develop thier Martial skills within a system that would encourage and cultivate respect, dignity, honesty, commitment and loyalty.
In the years that followed Michael Davies developed the system and fused the various Martails skills together though structured interface and in 1982 formally established Bushido Ryu.

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