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(Shaolin Ten Shadows Style)




SHORIN (少林)   -   Shaolin (lit. Small Forest)

KEN (剣)         -   Sword

JU (十)          -   10

KAGE (影)        -   Shadow

RYU (流)         -   Style, System

KENPO (拳法)    -   Fist Law

KARATE (空手)   -   Empty Hand

DO (道)          -   Tao: Way, Path


SHORIN-KEN (Shaolin Sword) – The Shaolin Temple is the original source, (the “Sword,’ or Soul) of the Art

JU-NO-KAGE (Ten Shadows) – The Ten arts which make up the complete system

KENPO (Fist Law) – The Okinawan/Chinese Self-Defense methods and concepts which became the various forms of Kenpo-Jutsu

KARATE-DO (Empty Hand Way) – The Path of Personal Growth through Applying Martial Principles to Daily Life


Founding Date: 1987

First Class: Apr. 1 1987 at Ken-Zen Institute, New York City

Chief Instructor: James Lockett, Shichidan (7th dan), Kyoshi

Original Sempai (Senior Students): Deborah Blakesly, Erica Thursz

Current Practicing Sempai (Senior Students): Robert Hamric (Dai Sempai), Angel Montes de Oca

Hombu (Headquarters Dojo): Tanren Dojo, Las Vegas, NV


The full name of the system is Shorin Ken Ju no Kage Ryu Kenpo Karate Do. Shorin is the Japanese pronunciation of Shaolin. This is meant to recognize the origins of the art - to, in effect, "remember from where we came." The kanji for Ken, in this case, means sword. So the first part of the name means, "The sword of Shaolin." This implies that, at the heart of our art is the system and philosophy developed at the Shaolin Temple.  Ju no Kage Ryu means 10 Shadows system. This is the term we usually use in naming our art. It represents the 10 aspects of the system (see below) Kenpo, in this kanji, the Ken means fist, and the po means, law or principles, as in the laws of gravity. Thus Kenpo implies using the principles of unarmed combat or self-defense. Kara, means emptiness, the void, the source from which all things emerge. Te is hand. Thus Karate, besides meaning empty hand, also has the implication of a totality that emerges from emptiness. The Do, at the end is the Japanese pronunciation of Tao, the path of personal growth. In this we differentiate between Do and Jutsu (method). By saying Karate-Do, we imply that the art we practice is not only one of physical ability but is, as well, a journey of self-realization.


Ju no Kage Ryu is translated as 10 Shadows system. The term represents the 10 aspects by which we study and practice the art. The 10 Shadows are:





  1. TACHI WAZA  (立ち技) –  Stances, Body Movement, Footwork, Falling

  2. ATEMI WAZA (当身技)  –  Strikes with All Parts of the Body

  3. AIKI WAZA  (合気技) –  Blending, Aiki-Jujutsu/Kenpo, Pressure Points (Kyusho), Ki-Ko (Chi Gung)

  4. KATAME /KANSETSU WAZA (固め/関節技) – Grappling (Standing & Ground), Jujutsu, Pressure Points

  5. NAGE WAZA  (投げ技) –  Throws, Takedowns, Lever down, Balance Displacement

  6. BUKI WAZA (武器技)  – Weapons Arts (Ancient and Modern)

  7. KATA (形) & KUMI-EMBU (組演武) –  Solo & Partner Practice Sequences (Prearranged & Spontaneous)

  8. TAI JUTSU  (体術) –  Body Arts: Physical Conditioning, Healing Arts & Sciences, Nutrition, Ki-Ko

  9. SEISHIN SHUYO (精神修養) –  Mental training, Concentration, Meditation, Mind States, Strategy

  10. RIAI (理合) – Integration or Harmony of Principles – Combining: Blending All Into A Unified Whole

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