The word "ken" from Chinese "k'iuan" or "quan" evokes in the ancient texts, the force as the fist. This is a common word used to talk about Japanese martial arts from China. Trade with Japan began in the 13th century with Buddhist monks from Shaolin. Shaolin quan was shared in many forms throughout Asia, especially in Japan and in the Ryukyu Archipelago, specifically in Okinawa, where the most widely used kenpō will be called "karate". Thus, you will understand, the kenpo is the predecessor of karate.

The word Kenpo or Kempo means "way of the fist" or in a different way "fight with bare hands". It now presents itself as a complex, independent discipline that remains very open to other disciplines. It is a martial art in its own right, its variety of method encompasses all possible dimensions of the exercise: ground combat, hand-to-hand combat as well as remote combat. The martial aspect of this discipline is primarily dedicated to real combat. Thus, it privileges the direct effectiveness during the real combat, a pure and hard effectiveness which is translated by the learning methods directly applicable if you undergo an aggression. Kempo is a science that creatively uses all the opportunities of the human body in terms of self-defense.