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 ofteirregular 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 thhands of zen masters, personal expression is endless. It evokes power, humordrama, and stillness. It symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength and the voidPattern within the enso represents a myriad of movement including the triangle, plus sign, 45 degree angles all of which are used in techniques, kata, weapoattacks and sparring.

Dragon & Tiger– The dragon signifies the mental and Spiritual world. In the Martial Arts, students begias Tigers. They are at the beginning of their Martial Arts journey and have takethe first step with their dedication to practice. The Tigers strength is physical strength. Eager to fight and to demonstrate skills they have learned. The Tigerepresents aggression and action and fights with a straight forward attack. Thdragon, 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 thknowledge 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. Hornon the dragon, signify the power of truth from good and falsity from evil. Tip of thDragons 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

Color Meaning

Red – Red is the color of extremes. Its the color of passionate love, seduction, violence, danger, anger, and adventure. Our prehistoric ancestors saw red as the color of fire anblood – energy and primal life forces – and most of reds symbolism today arises froits 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, powerand authority. Black is a formal, elegant, and prestigious color.