Kempo is the name of several Japanese martial arts. The word kempo is a Japanese translation of the Chinese word “quan fa”. The generic nature of the term combined with its widespread, cross-cultural adoption in the martial arts community has led to many divergent definitions.

    Some Okinawan martial arts use the term kempo as an alternate name for their systems of karate, or for a distinct but related art within their association. The International Shorin-ryu Kempo Karate Kobudo Kyokai is primarily a Shorin-ryu karate organization. However, in addition to Sorin-ryu, the International Shorin-ryu Kempo Karate Kobudo Kyokai also practices “Hakutsuru Kempo” (White Crane Kempo), which is a related and distinctive style also taught by the association.

    Shorin-ryu Kempo Karate Ranking Requirements

    8th Kyu White Belt

    Fukyugata Ichi

    7th Kyu Yellow Belt

    Fukyugata Ni
    plus all previous requirements

    6th Kyu Orange Belt

    Pinan Shodan
    plus all previous requirements

    5th Kyu Blue Belt

    Pinan Nidan
    Pinan Sandan
    plus all previous requirements

    4th Kyu Green Belt

    Pinan Yondan
    Naihanchi Shodan
    plus all previous requirements

    3rd Kyu Purple Belt

    Pinan Godan
    Naihanchi Nidan
    plus all previous requirements

    2nd Kyu Brown Belt

    Naihanchi Sandan
    Wansu
    plus all previous requirements

    1st Kyu Brown Belt

    Passai Dai
    Chinto
    plus all previous requirements

    Shodan – 1st Dan Black Belt

    Ananku
    plus all previous requirements