SHOGEI TOITSU KEMPO
 

The primary art of Kiyojute Ryu is known as Shogei Toitsu Kempo which means, ‘all arts unified in Kempo’, or more appropriately, ‘all arts beginning in the one art of Kempo’.  This refers to the idea that the original art of Kempo (Chuan Fa), which was established in China, was total and comprehensive.  Since the monks who originated the art never knew what kind of situation they might be placed in, they developed an art that contained grappling skills, striking skills, and weapon skills.

Over the years the arts were modified according to culture and changes in the nature of weapons and armor, but the fundamentals were always the same and the necessity of teaching survival were emphasized.  There never developed a sport form of the art because the necessity to teach genuine survival skills did not allow for the limitations imposed by competition.  Also the monks were peaceful men who would never battle or harm another person in a sporting manner.

The overall Kempo, referred to as Shogei Toitsu Kempo in Kiyojute Ryu, contains the developments of Kempo in both Japan and Okinawa, but disregarding anything that was developed after the Japanese learned the art of Karate and began modifying it into a sport.

The highest level of development is when the principles fit together seamlessly. The great flaw in the mixed martial arts of today is that they are a randomly gathered conglomeration of techniques which can be seen not to fit together.  People try to do all of the martial arts by learning a little of each.  This means they know nothing more than a little of a lot and so master nothing.

When the martial arts are taught in their original way, with traditional concepts, then all of the aspects of the martial arts fit together like a puzzle.  Effective punches leads to effective grappling, which assists in effective kicking, which becomes effective weaponry.  When the Kempoka practices any one of their arts, through an understanding of the principle of Toitsu (unity) they are actually practicing all of their arts.

Those who learn the mixed martial arts in the modern way have no clue how this works, mainly because their minds are so obsessed with aggressive competition, they cannot achieve the egolessness that allows for real Toitsu.

On the spiritual level, Toitsu helps a person realize that we are all the same, and just as we would not want to be injured, crippled, or killed in a senseless sporting match, nor should we be willing to harm others in order to feed our egos with victory over another human being.