Kosho Ryu Kempo

Kosho Ryu Kempo, Stevens Point WI

Kosho Ryu Kempo teaches a diverse range of martial and cultural arts. Traditional martial skills include strikes, kicks, throws and locks, jo staff, knife, swordsmanship, and more. Cultural arts include healing arts such as shiatsu, ki ko / qi gong, and Japanese calligraphy. Internal strength training trough Japanese “yoga” is also an important part of the art. History and philosophy are also part of the curriculum, all of which helps produce not only a good martial artist but a well-rounded member of society.

Kosho literally means “Old Pine Tree.” Shorei means “encouragement.” A ryu is a school of thought pertaining to an art form. Kosho Shorei Ryu, the Old Pine Tree School of Encouragement teaches students to understand and engage in the natural principles of human behavior and movement.

Kempo means as “fist law.” Rather than emphasizing brute force, kempo teaches natural principles about human movement and behavior. As such, kempo practitioners not only study the martial application of those principles, but also their psychological and social uses to form a complete ryu or school of thought. Rather than “fist law,” kempo is best understood as “natural law.”

More information on Kosho Ryu Kempo is available at the Sei Kosho Shorei Kai.

The Sub-Arts of Kosho Ryu

Kosho Ryu Kempo is a complete, traditional Japanese martial art, originating at Shaka-in Kinkaizan and developed on the battlefield. Rather than simply being a fighting art, Kosho Ryu consists of eight sub-arts:

Kosho Ryu Sub-Arts


1. Kiatsune – Energy Collection
2. Ijutsu – Healing Arts
3. Makaho – Kosho Shorei Yoga
4. Goshinjutsu – Self-Defense
5. Tetsugaku – Philosophy
6. Orijutsu – Folding Arts
7. Makuso – Meditation/Contemplation
8. Bujutsu – Warrior Arts




About the Instructor

Jeffrey Kupperman is a student of Jon Ludwig Renshi, himself a student of Bruce Juchnik Hanshi, the head of our system. Kupperman Sensei has studied martial arts including Kosho Ryu Kempo, Tae Kwon Do, Muso Jikiden Eishshin Ryu Bato-Ho, and bo jutsu. Holding advanced degrees in religious studies and philosophy, he brings these elements into his own instruction in the sub-arts of Kosho Shorei Ryu to teach a complete martial system.

Kosho Ryu Kempo classes are at Five Rings Martial Arts in downtown Stevens Point, WI.

Tuesdays 8:00 – 10:00 PM

Thursdays 8:00 – 9:00 PM

1008 Main St, Stevens Point, WI.


For more information, stop in to the dojo or use the form below.