3211 Transit Road
Buffalo, NY 14059
(716) 675 8430

Kimura Martial Arts Academy

Traditional Japanese Martial Arts in Western New York


Characteristics of Goshin Kempo Philosophy:

  • Mind and body are inseparable.
  • Strength and Compassion must go together.
  • Defend first, attack after.
  • Respect Life.
  • Protect People without causing injuries..
  • Hard and Soft Work together.
  • Working with a partner is fundamental for realistic distance and timing

A traditional school with modern training methods

Mr. Kimura believes that the purpose of that martial arts training is not only for self defense but to develop good physical and mental health and apply its inherent discipline, concentration and mutual respect to our everyday life.

Mr. Kimura has developed a unique teaching philosophy and innovative training methods which combine the benefits of traditional martial arts with highly effective teaching strategies he has developed throughout his years of experience.

“Never stop learning”

Goshin Kempo encourages each of us to focus on self-development and work to fulfill our human potential. It is a way of life and suggests that the quality of the world depends on the quality of each individual person in it.

Celebrates the individual but recognizes our role in society.

One of Goshin Kempo's fundamental tenets is that no one person or organization can make decisions for you. You must decide what to believe, what to accept and what to reject, what is true and what is not. Goshin Kempo's hope is that whatever path one follows, they will strive to improve themselves and to address the issues of daily life.

Goshin Kempo teaches its philosophy through physical practice. For example, one teaching is that no one person should be above another person and every person is worthwhile. Therefore, Goshin Kempo does not use bowing as its greeting, but rather stands upright with the palms together similar to other Buddhist greetings.

Meaning of Common Japanese Terms:

Zanshin (Japanese: 残心) is a term used in the Japanese martial arts. It refers to a state of awareness – of relaxed alertness. The literal translation of zanshin is "remaining mind". In several martial arts, zanshin refers more narrowly to the body's posture after a technique is executed

Atemi (当て身) designates blows to the body,as opposed to twisting of joints, strangleholds, holding techniques and throws. Atemi can be delivered by any part of the body to any part of the opponents body. They can be percussive or use 'soft' power.

Riki Ai Funi - Strength and Love Stand Together. Strength without love is violence. Love without strength, mere decoration. Reiki (strength) represents physical strength, intellect and action. Ai (love) represents gentleness, compassion and a way of thinking. The principle of Riki Ai Funi emphasises the need to balance both power and compassion.

Ken Zen Ichi Nyo 剣禅一如 - The Japanese expression ken zen ichi nyo is a Martial Arts term which literally translates as "The Fist and Zen are One". The kanji (read ken) means "Fist" and represents the body and (read zen) meaning Zen represents the mind or spirit. (read ichi) means one and (read nyo) means "are".

Sensei (先生) is a Japanese title used to refer to or address teachers.