Only A Warrior May Choose To Walk Away
So What is the art of Sil Lum Kenpo Ryu?
Sil Lum Kenpo Ryu roughly translates as “The Way of The Shaolin Fist Principles”. It is a culmination of all the martial arts knowledge I have acquired of my 25 plus years in the martial arts. Knowledge through both instruction and personal growth and understanding. Although the root of this system is still based on what was presented to me by Shidoshi Mark Yeager who founded Sil Lum Kenpo ( The combination of both American Kenpo Karate as taught by Grand Master Ed Parker and Sil Lum Chuan Fa). Our system also pulls influences in philosophy, form and principles from Nippon Kempo (The first system I studied), Shito Ryu, Hopkido, Tai Chi, and a little Aikido. Many of Sil Lum Kenpo’s original techniques remain,(although many have been modified) but have been added with techniques from American Kenpo Karate and those of my own.
The most important thing to know about Sil Lum Kenpo Ryu is that it is a system solely designed for my family. To teach my children to defend themselves and grow through the discipline and pursuit of the study of motion which is the essence of Sil Lum Kenpo Ryu. Those of you have been allowed within these ranks to study, I hope will treat the knowledge given to you with the same respect that my personal family has given it.
This system is still a work in progress as is the written material that goes with it. I hope to have a comprehensive set of manuals completed one day. This website will serve as reference for the manuals and for informational access for those who can not train with us. Much of the information is what was handed down to me. Some is from research and reading I have done on other great Martial Artists both in and out of Kenpo, and of course most of the principles by which we teach are based on concepts created by Grand Master Ed Parker. I have developed a unique way of instruction that I believe make our system different.
Since I am no longer affiliated with any other system and have no Master of my own to stimulate my own growth, this system and its documentation is my contribution to martial arts. Since I am not sanctioned by any organization, I make no claim to lineage. I simply present this information as they way I have chosen to teach my children. Take it as you see fit. I hope you find this information useful as you begin your journey down the path of Sil Lum Kenpo Ryu.
The toughest part of the Journey is the First Step.
Only A Warrior May Choose To Walk Away.
Why have I chosen this statement to represent the philosophy of my system of Kenpo? Because I believe it to be true. When you train your mind, body and spirit in the art of combat, it gives you a renewed confidence and strength. You no longer have anything to prove, because you know the consequences of your actions. Because you know you have the skill to deal with the situation, you also have the strength and the choice to just walk away. As I have said many times, the ultimate defense is to simply not be there.
Of course there will always be situations in which you have no choice but to fight. Your training and preparation through Sil Lum Kenpo Ryu will make your ready for that situation. Remember a warrior may choose pacifism; others are condemned to it.
Sil Lum Kenpo Ryu Federation