Safety is the number one priority above anything else in
Nippon Kempo. One point of our creed states "I will avoid inflicting
injury upon another person". Bogu sparring, as done in Nippon Kempo, poses a high
possibility of injury due to the equipment and techniques utilized in this art.
The techniques utilized and applied in Nippon Kempo can be so
dangerous and lethal to a classmate that constant training in execution of technique is
necessary throughout the practitioners training levels. The understanding and application
of technique are strictly taught and ingrained during training, and safety is enforced to
the highest standards at Nippon Kempo tournaments.
One may think safety is not always possible, on the contrary, it
is a demanding necessity. If a training partner becomes injured then the class as a whole
is short one sparring member that has a varying sparring skill. All trainees suffer the
loss of training when an injury strikes a classmate.
Safety develops from understanding and realizing the effects that
Nippon Kempo techniques have on a person physically and mentally. A trainee soon learns
that it is not necessary to exert full strength in order to have an effective and valuable
outcome. Preservation of strength is a very essential technique taught in Nippon