As I look more and more into Kempo(when I refer to kempo I am referring to the mitose hawwaiian lineage styles of kempo to avoid confusion) I am horribly descusted and disturbed.
I have been training in Kempo for over 8 years now and I like what I do and how we train. We do a mix of kempo techniques, very limited forms, our stand up is mostly muy thai and boxing, ground is BJJ, we do Kali, spontaneous reaction drills, and MMA style training. We have always managed to evolve and add in new things and improve upon what we do(Original intentions of Kempo).
I knew there were a lot of crapppy kempo places, but as I look into kempo more and more (much due to this website) I realize how horrible it has become. How the "masters" of kempo have been selling ranks and whoring out the art to make a quick buck. There are too many to name
(please discuss in this thread the whore bags you know of)
Look at guys like Villari - you can buy his video and get a black belt for $150
I know a guy with a stack of blank black belt certificates signes by emperado.
I look and see so many shitty martial artist who call themselves masters and teach others how to defend themselves with ineffective, impractical, and quite idiotic martial arts.
Look at Christopher Geary www.christophergeary.com
I am just ahamed at what kempo has become. An art that had the right idea, that mixed different syles try to make the most effective art possible, that train realisticly, that was meant to evolve. It evolved into a big smear of poo unfortunatley due to many of the pioneers whoring themselves.
I will continue to train in Kempo, but I will always avoid the kempo community and all the bullshit(politics, etc.) that goes along with it. I really love The Kempo. I'm going to call what I do The Kempo from now on. I teach for a living now and hope to pass on the right idea of Kempo to my students.
Thanks for reading. Feeback, opinions, examples of kempo whores are welcome to this conversation.