The Kenpo International Crest consists of several elements:
The Shield, The Enso, The Tiger & Dragon, The Wings and The Globe.
Each of these elements has a very specific meaning.
Shield – Coat of arms. Keeping with tradition and the Heritage from our past, the shield protects us from being attacked or exposed to danger from outsiders and from within. The shield is a part of the traditional heraldic visual design. It’s the central element of the full heraldic achievement.
Zen circle (enso) – a symbol of teaching, reality, and enlightenment. Seemingly perfect in continuity, balance and a sense of completeness, but often irregular in execution. They are most fundamentally simple but yet most complex designs. The opening leaves a little room for variation in our techniques, but in the hands of zen masters, personal expression is endless. It evokes power, humor, drama, and stillness. It symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength and the void. Pattern within the enso represents a myriad of movement including the triangle, plus sign, 45 degree angles all of which are used in techniques, kata, weapon attacks and sparring.
Dragon & Tiger– The dragon signifies the mental and Spiritual world. In the Martial Arts, students begin as Tigers. They are at the beginning of their Martial Arts journey and have taken the first step with their dedication to practice. The Tiger‘s strength is physical strength. Eager to fight and to demonstrate skills they have learned. The Tiger represents aggression and action and fights with a straight forward attack. The dragon, always above the tiger, represents an enlightened Martial Artist continuing their lifelong journey in the Martial Arts. The Dragon is physically strong, however relies mostly on intellectual combat. The strength of the Dragon comes from within. The Dragon also represents reaction and fights with circular attacks. The dragon is not eager to fight and demonstrate skills. Instead, he contains the knowledge within and only unleashes it when forced to as a last resort. When it is unleashed, it takes his opponents by surprise and is without forewarning. Horns on the dragon, signify the power of truth from good and falsity from evil. Tip of the Dragons tail is the eternal flame of Kenpo that can never be put out. It continues to shine bright through all the adversity.
Eagle wings – conveys powers and messages of the spirit. It is man’s connection to the divine as it flies higher than any other bird. It bestows freedom and courage to look ahead as we embark on moving into the 21st century in our training. The eagle is also the symbol of the importance of honesty, integrity, and truthful principles, a cornerstone of our teaching.
Globe – represents the global focus of Kenpo International
Red – Red is the color of extremes. It‘s the color of passionate love, seduction, violence, danger, anger, and adventure. Our prehistoric ancestors saw red as the color of fire and blood – energy and primal life forces – and most of red‘s symbolism today arises from its powerful associations in the past.
Yellow – On one hand yellow stands for freshness, happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism, enlightenment, remembrance, intellect, honor, loyalty, and joy, but on the other, it represents cowardice and deceit.
Black – The color black is defined by the absence of color. Black is a mysterious color that is typically associated with the unknown. The color black represents strength, seriousness, power, and authority. Black is a formal, elegant, and prestigious color.