Shorinji Tetsu Ken do Kanda ha kamishin ryu  Ju-Jitsu

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Shorinji Tetsu-Kempo/Kamishin Ryu Timeline


Traditional date of martial arts beginning of the Shaolin Szu (Young Forest Temple) in the Henan (Honan) province. Traditional Yoga forms based on 18 animal movements (18 hands of Lo Han) were taught to the temple priests.


Late 1300's (Some records show 1377)


A style of Shaolin Szu (Young Forest Temple) was developed called Pao Chuan (Iron/Cannon Fist). There have been branches of the Shaolin Szu Pao Chuan art over the centuries but the main line Pao Chuan is still being taught today in China.



The Shaolin Szu temple was completely destryed by fire.



In the Honan province, at the base of the mountain of the Shaolin Szu, was the Chen village. Over the years, many lines of the Chen family studied the Shaolin Szu methods and were taught in the Chen village, presumably because of the destruction of the Shaolin Szu (temple). Out of these teachings, the Chen family style boxing forms developed which some believe to be the hard foundations of modern Chen Tai Chi Chuan. One family head that studied and mastered the Shaolin Szu Pao Chuan forms was a man named Yon Ho Chen.




During this time, the teachings of the Chen family Pao Chuan art were called Shaolin Szu Xin Gen Chuan Fa (Young Forest Temple Respectful Fist Method). Yon Ho Chen passed away and the leadership of this family branch of Chuan Fa was passed to his son, Lee Ho Chen.


1800 (approx)


The Shaolin Szu was reopened as a purely religious temple.



Lee Ho Chen passed away and the leadership of the art was given to a senior master of the Chen family art, a man named Lee Chi Wang. Wang later moved to Ingea city, central Korea. In Korea, Wang began developing his art with native Korean style kicking (jumping/spinning kick) methods. In Korea, the art was called So Rim Sa Churl Kwon Bup (Korean pronunciation of Young Forest Temple Iron Fist Method).




Lee Chi Wang passed away and the leadership of the art was given to his only son, Kim Chi Wang. Kim Chi Wang continued training in his family system after the death of his father as well as training in other Korean national arts. Kim Chi Wang later moved to Yong Dong Po near Seoul, the present capitol of South Korea.


1910-1945 (Korea)


During this time the Japanese invaded Korea and attempted to wipe out almost all aspects of Korean culture. The Japanese outlawed all military style Korean martial arts (most were forced to become "Do" style arts). The Japanese began teaching Judo and Kendo to the Koreans to infuse Japanese culture into Korea. The Japanese forced Korean nationals to adopt Japanese surnames and banned the teaching of Korean reading and writing.




Albert C. Church Jr., at the age of 9 years old, began training in a form of Jujutsu based on Daito Ryu, Yoshin Ryu and Judo.




At the time of the Korean War, Albert C. Church Jr., at the age of 20 years old, was deployed as part of the first provincial Marine Brigade and was assigned primarily to Seoul. During this time, Church, an already experienced martial artist, began training under Master Wang in So Rim Sa Churl Kwon Do (So Rim Sa Churl Kwon Bup was presumably re-named during the Japanese occupation). This art has been identified as a small village defense art likened to modern Hapkido (likely infused with Japanese soft forms taught during the Japanese occupation).




Church was rotated back stateside and began teaching So Rim Sa Churl Kwon Do in the United States after earning a 3rd degree black belt in the art.




Due to medical conditions, Wang (now using his Japanized name Ki-Oh) moved to Mishima-Shi, Shizouka-Ken, Japan. While in Japan, Ki-Oh would not teach his art to the Japanese. In Japan, the art was called Shorinji Tetsu-Kempo (Japanese pronunciation of Young Forest Temple Iron Fist method).




Harold Martin, at the age of 15, began training in Shorinji Tetsu-Kempo and Jujutsu under Albert C. Church Jr.




Church was summoned by Ki-Oh asking him to come to Japan. Church left for Japan and found Ki-Oh to be near death. At this time, Ki-Oh passed the art by lineage succession to Church, stating he was the only student left able to carry on his art, still actively teaching the system. It is presumed that Ki-Oh also felt that the art would grow and flourish in America. Church received a 30-40 ft long scroll of succession that has been viewed by several senior students of the art. During this time, under the Seishinkan, Church studied Motobu Ha Shito Ryu and earned a Godan (5th degree black belt) and Shihan license from Shogo Kuniba, Soke and Teruo Hayashi, Kaicho, Seishinkan Jujutsu earning a Godan/Shihan license (5th degree black belt) and Iaido earning a Sandan (3rd degree black belt). Church also trained in Hakko Ryu Jujutsu with Ryuho Okuyama, Soke earning a Sandan (3rd degree black belt). At this time in the US, Church's dojo was being run by Harold Martin, Hombu Dojo-Cho.




Church founded the Nippon Kobudo Rengokai, in Japan, as an organization designed to promote his inherited art of Shorinji Tetsu-Kempo.




Church received secondary recognition from Shogo Kuniba, Soke, Motobu Ha Shito Ryu under the Seishinkai. At this time the art was reviewed by Kuniba and a new naming convention was developed called Kamishin Ryu (Godly Heart Style). This additional naming convention may have been necessary to distinguish the art from the present Shorinji Kempo art of Doshin So. The art of Shorinji Tetsu-Kempo / Nippon Kamishin Ryu was broken down into ryugi (sub-styles) of Kempo/Karate (Striking Methods), Jujutsu (locking/throwing methods) and Buki (various weapons). Church was also appointed as Kanagawa prefecture president and United States representative of the Seishinkan. Church agreed to a ten year teaching agreement where he would be a Motobu Ha Shito Ryu representative from 1967-1977. Church returned to the United States and began developing his newly inherited art and taught Shorinji Tetsu-Kempo, Motobu Ha Shito Ryu Karate-Do, Hakko Ryu Jujutsu and Kuniba Ha Mugai Ryu Iaido under the Nippon Kobudo Rengokai. Harold Martin was named Soke Dai of Shorinji Tetsu-Kempo / Nippon Kamishin Ryu just before leaving to join the US Marines.




Church named Robert Kelly, his future son-in-law, as Soke-Dai (head family elect).




Church named Thom Brandon as Soke-Dai with sponsorship to develop his own personal style of Tetsu-Kempo. Harold Martin opened a second Kamishin Ryu dojo in Charleston, SC.




Robert Kelly was dismissed/resigned from the Nippon Kobudo Rengokai due to personal reasons. Ron Cherry was named NKR Chief Examiner.




After Church's ten year obligation to Kuniba was over, he created the Kamishinkai International and began developing his personal style of Shorinji Tetsu-Ken Do Kanda Ha Kamishin Ryu (Young Forest Temple Iron Fist Way, Church's sect, Godly Heart Style). Church passed the Nippon Kobudo Rengokai to Harold Martin which included the Shorinji Tetsu-Kempo / Nippon Kamishin Ryu arts.




Harold Martin passed the daily running of his Kamishin Ryu / NKR hombu dojo over to two of his senior students, Doug Sumner and Tom Laquiere. Darrell Collins began informal training in Isshin Ryu Karate-do.




Albert Church passed away and the system fell into a time of disarray. Church's second wife, Catherine Church, kept all of Church's documentation, menjo and scrolls and assumed leadership over the Kamishinkai International. Harold Martin left and removed his Nippon Kobudo Rengokai so as to not associate his art with the KSKI.




Collins began training in an "Americanized" style of Karate earning a Shodan (1st degree black belt). During this time Collins was introduced to Jujutsu (after training in US Army combatives), later earning a Shodan (1st degree black belt) in that Jujutsu art.




Collins returned to South Carolina and began training in in Shorinji Tetsu-Ken Do Kanda Ha Kamishin Ryu under the KSKI.




Collins left the KSKI and began developing his own independent teachings of Kamishin Ryu.




Collins joined with Ted Petit, inheritor of Robert Kelly's personal Kamishin Ryu lineage known as the Shindenkan.




Collins was named Soke-Dairi (Head-Family Representative) under the Shindenkan.




Due to disagreements of leadership/system direction, Collins resigned from the Shindenkan and began training with Harold Martin, Soke, Shorinji Tetsu-Kempo / Nippon Kamishin Ryu - NKR. Collins was named Soke-Dai (Next Generation Inheritor) of Shorinji Tetsu-Ken Kamishin Ryu under the NKR by Martin.




Harold Martin passed his inherited art of Shorinji Tetsu-Kempo / Nippon Kamishin Ryu and his Nippon Kobudo Rengokai organization by lineage succession to Darrell Collins, naming him the 15th gereration head-master of this art