Ryukyu Kempo training is a very traditional pursuit with many kata, exercises and basic movements. The ultimate goal of all training is to provide the practitioner with viable life-protection skills in real world situations. Through kata training, students discover their most powerful positions and movements and how to apply those in an effective way. The goal of all technique, is to provide the greatest advantage possible to the defender. Although size and strength can not be dismissed, a well educated karate practitioner can learn to avoid injury and escape or subdue a larger assailant.
The Okinawan people are renowned for their longevity, with more centenarians (over one hundred year old) per capita than any other group. The reason for this is multifactoral but one specific factor is their commitment to activity. Karate emerged from a people who have a robust outlook toward lifelong exercise. Because of this, karate can be practiced in different ways. Younger children can benefit from structured exercise among a group of positive peers, while learning ways to avoid harm. Older teens and young adults can progress into rougher training and the competitive combat sport of bogu kumite. Middle aged practitioners can enjoy a safe form of exercise while learning to protect themselves and their families. And older adults can continue to practice a slightly modified version of the art they grew up with. In this way, karate offers a lifelong continuum of exercise, fellowship and intellectual pursuit that can be shared by several generations of a family.