Kenpo is a Japanese martial art form, but its origin is associated with China. It still has been influenced by Chinese martial art systems. Kenpo is also spelled as “kempo”, which has been derived from the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese character “chuan” and “fa”. It means “the method of the fist/hand”.

The convergence of both Japanese and Chinese cultures, it is often influenced by styles and techniques of both the cultures. Kenpo artists often implement distinctive Japanese and Chinese techniques into their practice. Kenpo involves near explosive, short-ranged attacks which often move faster than the opponent can see. Kenpo itself includes several systems, such as Kosho-ryu, Shaolin Kenpo, Kajukenbo, Chinese Kara-Ho Kempo, and Ed Parker's American Kenpo Karate.

Basic principles of kenpo include:

Self Defense Techniques: A particular self defense technique three or more motions against a pre-ordained attack by an imaginary opponent. Every self defense technique in kenpo  has been named so that the students can memorize them in order to create an image in their minds, or so that they can visualize the movements more clearly. These techniques are needed to be practiced against many types, irrespective of skill levels of people, or height. Because, trial and error and kinetic bio feedback of practicing with an actual opponent, is the best way to develop one's judgement and timing of distance.

The Four Stages Of Mind & Body Learning: The four stages of mind and body learning include:

-Mechanical: The beginners know nothing about Kenpo Karate, they are just trying to learn the basic movements involved in each technique and form. As this is a non functional stage, where every movement is exaggerated through a slow mental process.
-Physical: Here, the students understand the mechanics of performing techniques. This does not mean that they understand the flow between the techniques and this is why they are not able to react instinctively to attacks. They can not react very instinctively to an attack, as well as can not adapt the techniques to variations in the attacks, basically the force of the attack, the terrain, and the height as well as weight of the aggressor. This means, the students need to learn about the correct response to an attack.
-Mental: This actually represents Brown and Black Belt level of quality. Here, at this stage the students understand both the mechanics of executing techniques and how they flow together. They are now able to react properly to an attack and they plan the next movement in advance. In other words, they become experts.
-Meta-Physical: At this stage, the students become martial artists who possess skill in clairvoyance, telepathy, and precognition. They know their moves before making them. They become true professionals.