Chuan Fa Kenpo is a martial art that is historically, philosophically, and practically rooted in self defense. It has developed as no nonsense system of self defense designed to provide a comprehensive training program that teaches its practitioners to avoid conflict if possible, to be prepared for the worst case scenario, and to use the appropriate amount of force necessary to effect a successful self defense.
There are five important areas of study in self defense; 1. Striking, blocking and kicking 2. Controlling and throwing 3. Takedowns and fighting on the ground 4. Defenses designed to deal with armed aggressors 5. Situations where more than one aggressor is involved
Many styles focus their training on one or more of the five areas above but few schools or instructors require their students to become proficient in all five areas. One should carefully consider their motivation for studying a martial art and evaluate how much is actually applicable and how much is not.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself; 1. Am I learning all five areas equally? 2. Are the weapons commonly found in modern surroundings? 3. Is my success conditioned upon attendance in class or actual applicability of my skill? 4. Am I really being tested or just going through some movements? 5. Do I really understand how to apply my techniques against a resisting and determined person? 6. Are my tests predictable and easy to pass?
Self defense is very honest. Either you know it or you don't!