Kempo Karate is our combined fist art. Kempo Karate is composed of hard fist Karate-Do, soft fist Ju-Jitsu, and Kobudo. Kempo Karate is the first art a student begins to study.

Kempo Karate teaches sparring and sparring drills to help the student learn basic movement and application of punching and kicking combinations. This part of our curriculum would be classified as Karate-Do (Hard Fist).

Kempo Karate teaches Kempo Defenses which train the student to apply the Jiu-Jitsu (Soft Fist) techniques combined with the hard fist techniques in practical self-defense situations Some examples of this are defenses against grabs, pushes, punches, holds, kicks, and weapons defenses. Control techniques and take-downs are also included. Proper rolling and falling techniques are also included in Kempo Karate training.

Kempo Karate teaches the use of weapons or Kobudo. Both the defense against weapons and the use of weapons round out the student’s training to Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt).


Karate-Do is our hard fist art that uses punching, kicking, striking, and blocking together with sweeping techniques. Karate-Do stresses long range kicking techniques to disable an opponent, as well as knee and elbow strikes for close range defense. Karate-Do uses very little grappling techniques.


Kobudo is the formal training of a student in the use of weapons in a defensive and offensive situation. Weapons are an extension of the body. If you cannot use your hands or feet, then weapons training will be almost impossible to master. Some of the weapons of Tetsu Shin Ryu Kempo are: Bo/Staff, Keibos, Sais, Kamas, Tonfas, and Nunchakus. These are considered traditional Okinawan weapons.

• Bo/Staff

• Kama

• Keibo

• Tonfa

• Sais

• Nunchakus


Monday11:00AM - 8:00PM
Tuesday11:00AM - 8:00PM
Wednesday11:00AM - 8:00PM
Thursday11:00AM - 8:00PM
Friday11:00AM - 7:00PM
Saturday9:00AM - 12:00PM

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Our Location

Upstate Karate

129 N Main St,

Simpsonville, SC 29681

Phone. 864-967-3930