Modern Kenpo was originally born from the older Ryukyu Kenpo of Okinawa, this was the system that originally came from China and was mixed with indigenous methods of Okinawan martial arts known until then by various names such as Tuite; Okinawa Te; Bushi no Te. The Okinawans had shown great ingenuity by taking their original fighting arts and mixing them with the combat styles of their neighbouring countries from around the Southeast Asian archipelago, travellers; monks; warriors and adventures from countries such as China; Japan; Korea; Indonesia; Thailand and the Philippines all ended up on the island of Okinawa where their fighting styles where carefully analysed before being added to the melting pot of Okinawan fighting systems.
China and Japan as well as the Philippines where probably the biggest contributors to the art of Kenpo, due to the long term agreement between China and Okinawa an agreement which placed the Okinawans under the direct rulership of the middle kingdom many Okinawans had the chance to travel to China and actually study Chinese Kenpo (better known as Gung fu/Wu shu) in its birthplace, these students then brought that knowledge back home with them to Okinawa.
It would be naive to imagine that as well as China and Japan the Okinawans would not have taken on board the techniques of other fighting peoples, and with Okinawa being one of the greatest ports in the Southeast Asian sea they had ample opportunity to study those styles. Mariners from
Indonesia and the regularly put in to dock at the ports of Tomari and with sailors being what they are fights and brawls where often inevitable. The Okinawans took on board all they could and mixed it together with information taken from other sources and tied it all together with a set of basic principles which made the art of Kenpo more than just a collection of unrelated techniques. Instead it became a complete fighting system based on instinctive natural reactions to aggressive stimuli (which modern self defence experts refer to as BAR or body alarm reaction) and a core set of fighting techniques with which to combat nearly any form of attack. Philippines
The Modern Kenpo Karate jutsu style was created by Sensei Ted Clare after 26 years in the martial arts. It is not a reproduction of any original Ryukyu Kenpo style as such, rather it is a fighting system which takes as its inspiration the martial arts of
Just as the ancient Okinawan warriors showed their ingenuity in blending together the fighting styles of many countries to create their own system, so too is modern Kenpo a synthesis of different martial arts studied by its founder and then linked together with a set of universal principles, hence the name Modern kenpo. This denotes that whilst this is based upon older practices it is very much a martial art for today. This does not mean that it is a made up style. Far from it, indeed its fighting base is to be found set upon a firm base of Ryukyu kenpo. What has been added or subtracted has been done to keep the art up to date with modern needs.