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Golden Leopard Info is a blog for students of Kempo or any style that finds it useful. It is also about the martial arts journey we all take toward self-development. Kempo is a constantly evolving art form that has a depth of theories that utilizes biomechanics and physics to make things work. The articles here will contain some of my lecture notes, recent dojo discussions, reviews of interesting movies and how the Way affects our regular life. This is an Internet Dojo, a place to train the mind, body and spirit.

For fifteen years, I wrote and compiled a dojo newsletter for my school and organization. It was a lot of work but I enjoyed it. That’s probably why I continued to write so long. A blog provides a richer format compared to newsletters because the reader can comment, adding their own insights and reflections. A conversation is much better than a lecture.

You may imagine a strict dojo chief with a stern demeanor and fierce eyes. That’s not me. I like to joke and be relaxed. However training is serious business and should be treated as such. This is balanced with humor and levity during training. Follow the rules and show respect for your fellow human being. That’s the easiest rule to remember — the Golden Rule.

What is Golden Leopard Kempo? It is my personal expression of the martial arts based primarily on my work in Karazenpo go Shinjutsu and Hawaiian/American Shaolin Kempo. Other influences on this base include extensive Jujutsu, Kobudo, Arnis, Escrima, Tai Chi, Ba Gua, Hsing I, Ninjutsu and Silat. I’m also fascinated by European and Indigenous warrior traditions as well as modern combat. If it involves fighting, then I probably will enjoy learning about it.

Enjoy the articles and posts.