The rich history of Kosho Ryu Kempo Karate

Kosho Ryu’s origins trace back to Jozen Daishi, a revered figure born in 778. After receiving the emperor’s recognition for healing him, Jozen established Shaka-In temple and developed the foundation for Kosho Shorei Ryu. The art originated from a monk’s revelation under an ancient pine tree, emphasizing non-contact self-defense and reforming opponents. It diversified into Kosho Ryu bujutsu, studied exclusively by warrior monks known as sohei.

Despite challenges and conflicts throughout history, including a devastating attack in 1588, the essence of Kosho Ryu endured. Passed down through generations in secrecy, James Mitose was the first to share these teachings outside Japan. Mitose eventually entrusted Bruce Juchnik as the sole recipient of Kosho Shorei Ryu’s true martial arts knowledge. Juchnik became a key figure in preserving and spreading this unique art globally.

Today, under the guidance of Bruce Juchnik Hanshi, Kosho Shorei Ryu continues to thrive, taught through North America and Europe at Dojos exclusively hand pick by Great Master Hanshi Bruce Junick. The art’s legacy lives on, blending martial arts expertise with spiritual healing elements, & Eastern philosophy preserving its ancient origins while evolving for modern practitioners.”

Written By Shihan William Tzizik

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