“The simplest thing any instructor can do is to teach his students a method by which they can defend themselves. That’s the ‘Physical’ side of the martial arts. The ‘mental’aspect is a bit more complex; requiring patience, perseverance, respect for others and the knowledge they possess comes only with time and proper guidance.”
Tom Saviano created his White Tiger fighting system by combining Southern Chinese, Northern Chinese, Japanese and Okinawan fighting arts. Rather than the usual focus put on direct strikes, this system is composed of circular blocks, linear and circular strikes, grabbing, throwing, sweeping and joint locking techniques.
Although many types of kicks are used, the system is designed to use knee and foot strikes below the waist, with hand and elbow strikes above the waist. “Kenpo” is best described as a hand dominated system. It is neither hard nor soft, but a well-balanced system of both. Kenpo is fluid with continuous and rapid motion: graceful yet extremely devastating.