Ryukyu Kempo involves various types of strikes like punches, open hand strikes, elbows, kicking, knees, and more. It also integrates grappling, Tuite Jitsu, with its striking. Within the various methods of the art, there is also Kata (forms) which are teaching and learning tools for a student to understand directions of attack, proper body structure, Kyusho Jitsu striking, and more (these applications are often called Bunkai). Above all, there is always major focus on 1) proper body mechanics and 2) use of Kyusho Jitsu in the practice to make the practitioner more efficient with less physical effort.
Ryukyu Kempo (also known as Chinese Kempo, Te, Tote) has been the way of martial arts in Okinawa for hundreds of years. It translates to the native fighting style of the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa before the transition to ‘Modern Karate’ in the early 20th century. Much of Ryukyu Kempo’s basis comes from the influence of Japanese Bojitsu and Chinese Kung Fu. This system encompasses many Okinawan arts with emphasis on life-protection techniques, regardless of an individual’s size.
The concepts of Ryukyu Kempo bridge the gap between styles and aid students in defining their techniques regardless of style.
Kyusho Jitsu is the vital area, or acupuncture pressure point, striking encompassed with the art. More than simply knowing where a pressure point is, one must know how to strike the point as well as with proper angle and direction. Utilizing Kyusho in fighting techniques allows one to incapacitate the opponent quickly through body kinetics, pain compliance, knock outs, joint releasing (leading to hyperextensions or breaks), and more.
Tuite jitsu, or ‘hand grab’ refers to the grappling and joint manipulations contained in Ryukyu Kempo. All human bodies are weak in the same manner. These weaknesses occur near joints, nerves, tendons, and muscles. Tuite works in conjunction with Kyusho-Jitsu in that the pressure points are the keys to releasing the joints.