Chuan Fa is a martial arts discipline that can be traced back over 2,000 years through China and further back into India. The techniques have been codified refined by generations of warriors, fighters and monks. Curiously, martial arts were largely segregated by national boundrys until the early part of the 20th century when traveling navies and dignitaries began to move around the globe. The movement and mixing of different cultures resulted in the interaction of the various styles of combat. Some are more effective than others but they all share striking similarities due to the fact that human anatomy and combat is universal.
During the 1930's and 40's, the majority of modern traditional martial arts evolved into today's recognized styles. Between 1930 and 1965, Kajukenbo, Kenpo, Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Capoeira, Krav Maga, Ishinryu, Shotokan, Gojo Ryu, Muy Tai, Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, and Wu Shu were popularized and widely marketed. In 1947, Adriano Emperado and four other martial artists from different styles combined the techniques that were effective for self defense and eliminated the ones that were over-stylized or had no application in combat and named the system Kajukenbo. From Kajukenbo, five new styles emerged. Chuan Fa Kenpo is one of the original styles that developed from Kajukenbo.
In 1968, Dennis Fitch Received his black belt in Chuan Fa Kenpo and began to train students in Pensacola, Florida. Over the next 40 years, he continued to refine the techniques and teach self defense oriented skills. Today, the Chuan Fa Kenpo program remains focused on teaching students self defense skills that provide realistic training.