Effective moves to quickly subdue an attacker.
I have personally found that Kempos give the practitioner a much finer sense of control, action, reaction, and response. They teach an individual how to respond to nearly limitless positions, thus keeping them in the winning position at all times. This broadens their capacity for clearly understanding the ways to move and not to move.
Think about 10 of your Kempos. Some move back to half moon or cat or side horse, others L step, others step and lean either inside or outside their attack. From those openings, you have learned a variety of appropriate responses that allow you to maintain the “Upper Hand” at all times. That is what you are trying to instill into your students.
What makes this make more sense is that if you have more “taught” Kempo Techniques, then you learn more ways of moving and responding to your opponent’s attack.
I teach Kempos in 2 primary categories: Defense against a Punch and Defense against a Kick
Then the principles:
Pure animal techniques
Blended animal techniques
There is more but this is a good start.
When you have a few handfuls of taught techniques (assuming they are not all similar) then you have variety of movements and responses.
The more you learn, the more you can expand. Think of it like each new technique becomes a new tool in your toolbox. And we all know that a wrench can be used like a hammer and a dime like a screwdriver.
It is designed so that one day along your development you start making your own things yours!
Shadow Kempos – Rarely taught “offensive” techniques. Specifically for situations where a fight is unavoidable and justified.
Their design is to penetrate your opponent’s defenses, rendering your opponent defenseless and at a serious disadvantage.