The Nippon Kempo practitioner fights and
practices these techniques with protective gear(bogu). Kenpo is a FULL-FORCE
ART and consequently a reality. Kenpo makes this reality an immediately felt action
using protective equipment called BOGU. BOGU enables the sparring participants to
fully complete one's actions with full power and skill attained through intensive
training, while employing great spiritual and physical strength.
Bogu consists of MEN (headgear) and DO (Chest
protector), KUROBU (bogu or boxing gloves), and a MATA ATE (groin
protector), Hand wraps (optional), a towel or a head-dress and, in some
organizations, shoes designed for Nippon Kempo. Techniques of striking, kicking,
throwing, reverse holds, joint locks, and ground combat are utilized while wearing bogu.
Nippon Kempo uses techniques that are present in other arts like Judo, Jujitsu,
Aikido, Karate , Kempo, Kung Fu, and Wrestling. However, many of these
techniques are modified in the Kempo style to accommodate the bogu equipment.
Most of the techniques employed in Nippon Kempo are based on
the application of three body movements: circular, straight, and bending.
Kicks, strikes, thrusts, snaps, spinning, throws, twists, blocks, eluding, locking and
pinning all originate from these body movements.