Shorinji Tekken RyuTM
The kanji for the system name would
|Albert C. Church, Jr.
Shorinji Tekken Ryu / Nippon Kobudo Kamishin Ryu
Lineage HeritageThe lineage of this art can be traced back to the Henan Province in China. The art, at that time, was known as Saulin Szu Chin Ba Quan fa, (Young Forest Temple, Chin Family, Eight, Fist method), and eventually moved from China to Korea. There, the art blended with the native Taekkyeon, (jump/kick and fist methods). In Korea, the art was known as Sorim Sa Cheol Kwon, (Young Forest Temple, Iron Fist Method). The system absorbed the Five Commandments of the Hwarang, the ethical code developed by Korean warriors in the 6th century. The Chinese hand forms were blended with the Korean Taekkyeon forms creating a strong system of self-defense.
Nippon Kobudo Kamishin Ryu
While living and training in Japan, Church sensei became close friends with Shogo Kuniba, Soke (by succession), of Motobu-ha Shito Ryu Karate-do. Kuniba sponsored Church before the Zen Nippon Kodudo Renmei and Zen Nippon Karate-do Renmei of Kyoto and Osaka after reviewing the Shorinji Tekken Ryu Soden that Church received. It was decided at that time that the art of Shorinji Tekken RyuTM should be restructured and renamed as Nippon Kobudo Kamishin Ryu. Therefore, the newly founded name of this art was officially released in Japan in 1968.
A special scroll was prepared by Kuniba and presented to Church, in Japan, in 1968.
In 1969, prior to Church's return to the United States, Kuniba presented him with a kanban, (formal teaching authorization sign).
After receiving the authorization and support of Shogo Kuniba, Church returned to the United States to teach the newly renamed art of Nippon Kobudo Kamishin Ryu. It was Church's goal for his students to train within the teachings of the "martial way".
When Soke Church returned stateside, this time as Kamishin Ryu's new head family, the system's hierarchical structure began taking shape. At that time, Church named Robert Kelly, his future son-in-law, as the system inheritor and as a soke-dai. Kelly sensei received a document of lineage transmission in 1971.
Robert Kelly, Shorinji Tekken Ryu
Robert Kelly, for personal reasons, has chosen not to publicly teach the art that he was named inherior of 1971. In late 1995, Kelly signed and sealed a letter of lineage transmission through him giving Petit full sponsorship, permission and backing to carry on the Shorinji Tekken Ryu lineage teaching as Head Family.
Shorinji Tekken Ryu
Kokusai Shorinji Tekken Ryu Renmei
No copies of the original scroll from Master Kim have been produced. However, the scroll itself has been translated by an Asian Studies Professor at the Center for Asian Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.
Displayed below is a partial image of the scroll created by Kuniba sensei and given to Soke Church as seen directly below.
…and Kuniba sensei’s certificate of support for Soke Church’s inherited art and the newly founded Kamishin Ryu art seen below.
2. 八段 宗家
3. アルバート・C・チャーチ 殿
10. 聖心館柔術 Seishinkan Jujutsu 居合道 Iaido
11. 柔道 Judo 神心流唐手道 Kamishin Ryu Karatedo
12. 拳歩術 Kenpo Jutsu 少林寺鉄拳流 Shorinji Tekken Ryu
1. Certificate; proof; evidence
2. Hachi Dan Soke [8th dan Head of House]
3. Mr. Albert C. Church, Jr.
4. I [Kuniba], of this Japan Kobudo Seishinkan and Seishinkan
5. International Combined Budo Federation in America
6. Only one American Chapter, Japan Kobudo Federa-
7. tion USA [and] is authorized/licensed the left [below] bujutsu te-
8. ach [teach] for the purpose as organizational representative
9. and such is acknowledged/recognized.
10. Seishinkan Jujutsu Iaido
11. Judo Kamishin Ryu Karatedo [note the use of 唐Kara/China]
12. Kenpo Jutsu [wrong kanji used should be 法 ~po] Shorinji Tekken Ryu
13. Showa 46th year , June the 1st
14. Seishinkan International Budo Federation Chairman
15. Shogo Kuniba [official seal stamped]
8th degree black belt, Soke/head of family
Mr. Albert C. Church, Jr.