Mastering Kempo (Mastering Martial Arts Series)

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Finally, a book that covers all aspects of the “original martial art” is here! Mastering Kempo covers everything from Kempo's profound history to the techniques, tactics, and training needed to excel at any level of this art.

Mastering Kempo is an exposition of Kempo as the masters originally taught it, featuring their methods of training and wealth of technical knowledge—much of which has been forgotten or ignored in modern times. Mastering Kempo introduces these techniques, skills, and advanced training methods to enrich the Kempo of any stylist and contribute to an in-depth understanding of the many martial arts derived from Kempo—including judo, jujitsu, and karate.

This outstanding resource was written by William Durbin, a Kempo master and a premier martial arts historian with 30 years of training. As a soke (the highest ranking in Kiyojute Kempo) Durbin is considered one of the world's foremost authorities and historians on Kempo. The knowledge and insights he provides in Mastering Kempo will elevate you to your highest level, physically and spiritually.

With more than 130 photos as your guide, you will be able to improve stances, blocks, thrusts, strikes, kicks, and other defensive techniques. You will also be able to learn the keys to building a stronger mind and body with regimens that will empower you to maximize your abilities and advance quickly through belt rankings or competitive events.

Becoming a master of a martial art requires that you learn, practice, and incorporate all aspects of the form's history, technique, tactics, and training into your life. For Kempo, the one source for all this indispensable information is Mastering Kempo.

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William Durbin, a 30-year student and practitioner of martial arts, has reached the level of soke, the highest ranking in Kiyojute Kempo. He is considered to be one of the world's foremost authorities and historians on Kempo, the original martial art. He also holds varying degrees of black belts in judo, karate, taekwondo, and tai chi.

Durbin is president of the Christian Martial Arts Association and the Spiritual Martial Arts Research Association. Among his numerous martial arts honors are Presidential Sports Awards for karate and judo. Durbin also has been listed in Who's Who for Karate and American Martial Arts and was chosen as one of the Outstanding Young Men in America.

Durbin resides in Frankfort, Kentucky, with his wife, Carol.

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“As one of the leading practitioners of Kempo, Durbin has in-depth knowledge of the history and philosophy of the martial arts. I recommend this book heartily to all martial artists who wish to expand their knowledge and understanding of the intricacies of the martial arts.”

Bill “Superfoot” Wallace
Retired as undefeated PKA middleweight champion (1980)
Member of the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame


""William Durbin is the most objective, authentic, and accurate Kempo historian in America today. I have studied his methods and worked and practiced with him for five years. His skills and abilities in the martial arts, especially Kempo, are fascinating. I enthusiastically recommend Mastering Kempo to everyone involved in martial arts.”

Bill Beach, Judan/Shihan
Professor of jiu-jitsu, karate, and judo
Founder and director of the Hawaiian Jiu-Jitsu system


“Bill Durbin is unequalled as a researcher and teacher of the art of Kempo. This work shares his technique and philosophy gained throughout his 30-year career. I am honored to recommend Mastering Kempo.”

Richard L. Stone
Hanshi senior master
The Kudu Martial Arts Association

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