Kempo is the name of several Japanese martial arts. The word kempo is a Japanese translation of the Chinese word “quan fa”. The generic nature of the term combined with its widespread, cross-cultural adoption in the martial arts community has led to many divergent definitions.

Some Okinawan martial arts use the term kempo as an alternate name for their systems of karate, or for a distinct but related art within their association. The International Shorin-ryu Kempo Karate Kobudo Kyokai is primarily a Shorin-ryu karate organization. However, in addition to Sorin-ryu, the International Shorin-ryu Kempo Karate Kobudo Kyokai also practices “Hakutsuru Kempo” (White Crane Kempo), which is a related and distinctive style also taught by the association.