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03 Jun

Kenpo Martial Arts

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Note * Some names are contradictory, so in this document uses the most common. The art of Kempo, also written as Kenpo is unique in the course of history in two respects: 1) It is considered by many the first eclectic martial art, 2) their founding roots are stretched back to 520 BC The person who acted as a catalyst of the way of Kempo was a prince and warrior of southern India called Bodhidharma. According to the records of the Lo-Yang temple, Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk under the tutelage of Prajnatara and thought it was on his deathbed when Prajnatara requested Bodhidharma to travel to China since he believed that there were principles of Buddhism declining and that the knowledge of the paradoxes of Zen koans or should be disseminated. It is believed that in 520 BC, during the southern dynasties, Bodhidharma entered China and crossed to the north road of the kingdom of Wei where there was a meeting with Emperor Wu of the Liang dynasty. This meeting was recorded thanks to discussed and debated extensively on Buddhism and Dhyana. Anyway Bodhidharma could not get his words were heard and powerful emperor so bitter about this, left the palace of the emperor and traveled to the Honan province where he entered the Shaolin temple and began the history of martial arts. Bodhidharma’s sadness grew as he entered the famous Shaolin Temple, if that counts Prajnatara true. The monks were in a disastrous physical and mental condition due to excessive amount of time used to meditate …

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