Nippon Kenpo-Kokoro Dojo's
The teachings of the school of Nippon Kenpo and founded on this philosophy: inward that radiates outward, combine’s gentleness with hardness of compassion with strength. The symbol of a circle with eight small circles is the visual representation of the philosophy which in present days is shown by a patch which every Kenpo practitioner has on his uniform. Each circle represents a part of the philosophy: Mind, Body, Spirit, Power, Technique, Skill, Way, Rule.
In teaching of Kenpo, there are three known variables: The individual, nature and society, that determine the conditions of man’s survival as well as his fulfillment and happiness. But because it takes individuals to exploit nature and individuals to make societies, Nippon Kenpo asserts that the individual is both directly and indirectly responsible for his own welfare and happiness. Nippon Kenpo teached that man learns through a long evolutionary process and his unique body and mind interact to endow him with vast potentiality to which every individual must turn and cultivate the answers in life. Man must bear the burden of his individuality. Kenpo asserts that individual is his own witness and his own responsibility in both good times and bad. Nippon Kenpo teaches of the significant of the unity of matter and spirit (matter signifies the body or action and the spirit signifies the mind or composure). These two are inseparably united in man and enter into sequences in which either can affect the other.
Kenpo asserts that the training of the body disregarding the spirit of the training of the spirit disregarding the body cannot lead to the formation of a complete man. With righteousness enforced by strength and forgiveness backed up by the power to punish, one can stop an aggressor while protecting one’s life. One must not confuse Kenpo with other schools of martial arts prevalent today. Many of these center on cultivating sheer strength, which is then measured by how many bricks one can break in a blow or whether one can fight a bull bare-handed, ect. Unlike these schools, the martial art of Nippon Kenpo is characterized not by the cultivation of brute force or strange powers nor by competitions in which one loses or wins. Most of the techniques employed in martial arts are based on the application of three body movements: circular, straight and bending. Thrust, kicks, throws, twists, block, eluding and pinning all originate from these movements.
REVERANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE ME IN NIPPON KENPO
"What I receive I must pass on to others. The knowledge that I have must not remain imprisoned in my brain. I owe it to many men and women to do something with it. I feel the need to pay back what was given to me. Call it gratitude...To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been there before me, and I walk in their footsteps." Elie Wiesel (Nobel Peace Prize-1986)
Regardless of belt rank, one should not boast of their personal accomplishments in Nippon Kenpo. Rather, one should display reverance and boast in gratitude to those who have gone before them and given their knowledge, care and encourgement in training you.
My teacher (Master J. Guerrero) invested many hours of patience, care, and resources into me, which I now possess and pass on others. Reverance, as I know it, is displaying a humble attitude to him and others who also had a part in teaching me. This reverance and humility does not stop.
As founder of Monterey Park, Montebello, Commerce, and Rialto dojo's, I do not claim to be anything more than an example of what Master J. Guerrero taught me. The founder of Amercian Nippon Kenpo Federation is Master Goki Kinuya, who now lives in Japan. In 1960 began he teaching Nippon Kenpo in Los Angeles while living here. Many students under him continued to teach the art. One student, Dr. Mendoza, is Sensei to my Kenpo teacher, Master J. Guerrero. Any group that uses the American Nippon Kenpo name is under the umbrella of Master J. Guerrero, who carried on the legacy in the USA.
Currently, I am responsible for Montebello, Commerce, and Rialto dojo's, while accountable to Master J. Guerrero and Master S. Takeda and the Japan Nippon Kenpo Federation leadership.
Respectfully, Sensei Nunez