Karazenpo Go Shinjutsu (Hawaiian Shaolin Kempo)

Shaolin monk practicing quanfa © 1996 Bagnas

Brief History

A short, historical narrative describing the origins of Kempo. Included are links to other references describing similar events.

Description of the Style

How our style of kempo is organized. The underlying theory which differentiates Hawaiian Shaolin Kempo from other styles of martial arts.


A breakdown of the important criteria in the original Hawaiian Shaolin Kempo teaching curriculum. This includes the required forms and sets necessary for advancement.


The direct line of instructors. A martial arts family tree. Also included is links to other lineage trees on the World Wide Web.

Animal Styles of Shaolin

Our style of Shaolin Kempo makes use of the Animal Styles of Shaolin, hence the name. Traditionally, each Animal Style would take a life time to learn. Kempo, a derivative art of Shaolin Quanfa, has integrated key elements of these Animal Styles into its curriculum. Therefore, the Animals of Shaolin integrated into Kempo are the essentials of each style, rather than the complete Animal style or system.

Grandmaster Sonny Gascon

This little known Grandmaster was instrumental in the development of today's Shaolin Kempo. Originally termed Karazenpo Go Shinjutsu by Sonny Gascon, the lineage of Kempo has coined several names to describe the art we teach today. To learn more about Grandmaster Gascon, click on the link above.

Sho Chiku Bai Mon

The Sho Chiku Bai Mon (Pine, Bamboo, Plum Crest) is the basic foundation of study for all Kosho Ryu practitioners, and for that matter, all traditional martial artists. The study of the mon is known as Mon Gaku. The Sho Chiku Bai crest of Kosho Ryu has elements that are over 750 years old. Crests that are developed in modern times do not have the roots and historical significance represented in the Sho Chiku Bai.