Brian Kagen pick: “Kenpō” from

“Kenpō (拳法 ?) is the name of several martial arts. The word kenpō is a Japanese translation of the Chinese word “quánfǎ. This term is often informally transliterated as “kempo,” as a result of applying Traditional Hepburn romanization (which provides for use of the letter “m” when ん precedes a labial consonant such as “p”), but failing to use a macron to indicate the long vowel. The generic nature of the term combined with its widespread, cross-cultural adoption in the martial arts community has led to many divergent definitions.”

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  1. One of my first teaching locations was a kempo school. Learned a lot, too.

  2. A little more here….

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