“A Sensei will open the door, but you must enter by yourself”

SHIHAN ALBERT C. CHURCH 1930-1980

IN MEMORY OF SOKE ALBERT C. CHURCH


FOUNDER OF
SHORINJI TETSUKEMPO KAMISHIN RYU


(NO MAN DIES WHOSE NAME IS REMEMBERED)

 
 

An American G.I. named Albert Church studied Shorinji Tekken Ryu under the direction of Sensei Kim Chi Whang for 20 years. Upon Sensei Whang's death in 1967, Sensei Church inherited the Sokeship (leadership) of the system.

Sensei Church had the art formally recognized by the Japanese government and the style was given the name Kamishin Ryu (School of the Divine Heart). Kamishin Ryu originated in northern China nearly 800 years ago and is comprised of elements from Aiki-Jitsu, Iaido, Kempo, and Kobudo.

In 1969 Sensei Church returned to the U.S. and founded the system's U.S. branch in Charleston, S.C. Sensei Church died unexpectedly in 1980. Today his art is still being taught and practiced by many who seek to carry on the Kamishin way.

 

His system included the Nippon Kobudo Rengo-Kai and the American Hapkido Karate Federation.

Kito Ryu's tie's to Japan


"I come before you with these empty hands, they are the hands of peace when necessary the hands of war. The knowledge I have gain through training is for the defense of myself, my loves ones, my country and those deserving.  To use this knowledge wrongly is my shame. To use this knowledge properly is my honor. My left hand is the hand of peace and is opened in friendship, my right hand is my clinched fist of war. Together they represent my martial way and my very life."

~ Soke Albert C. Church