Junior classes to learn martial arts in Weybridge

This is a unique opportunity for your child to learn the depth and width of a both physically and intellectually challenging martial art. The Kosho Ryu Kempo classes in the UK have until now only been available for a select group of adults. It is not the run-of-the-mill type of martial arts but a scientific study of how biomechanics can be used in combat and self-defence. Ultimately, the objective is to achieve internal confidence and peace so you never have to use the skills unless you have no other option than to defend yourself.

The students who commit to training with us will buy and wear a black Kempo Gi (uniform) and is free to wear the belt colour that they may already have achieved in other Japanese martial arts.


Instructor Kristian Karppi

Kristian Karppi has been searching the core fundamentals of martial arts by studying multiple martial arts styles since 1986.

The 'Junior class' was set-up in September 2019 to give juniors, including Kristian's daughter Eva, the opportunity to train Kosho Shorei Ryu Kempo in Weybridge.

Significant ranks:

  • 1st Dan Black belt: Kosho Shorei Ryu Kempo under Shihan Bart de Backer

  • 2nd Kyu Brown belt: Motubo-Ha Shito-Ryu Sanshinkan Karate 1991 under Soke Tamas Weber.

Special 'thank you' to all of my teachers and coaches that I have been lucky to train with over the years.

  • Shihan Bart de Backer, Kosho Shorei Ryu Kempo

  • Hanshi Bruce Juchnik, Kosho Shorei Ryu Kempo

  • Kyoshi Jeff Driscoll, Kosho Shorei Ryu Kempo

  • Renshi Tony DiSarro, Kosho Shorei Ryu Kempo

  • Professor Leon Jay, Small Circle Jiu jitsu

  • Guru John Mellon, Small Circle Jiu jitsu

  • Renshi Jimmy Mora, Shinjinbukan (Okinawan Ti)

  • Sifu Tom Braithwaite, Liuhebafa

  • GM Angelo Baldissone, Filipino Kyusho & Panantukan

  • Sensei John Piket, Kyusho Jitsu

  • SGM Danny Guba, Guba Doce Pares

  • Guru Roel Caneja (ex-World Champion), Guba Doce Pares

  • Kru Danny Kapoor, Muay Thai Boran

  • Soke Tamas Weber, Motubo-Ha Shito Ryu Karate

  • Sensei Bengt Larsson, Motubo-Ha Shito Ryu Karate

  • Sensei Ola Eklund, Motubo-Ha Shito Ryu Karate

  • Sensei Per Smedberg, Motubo-Ha Shito Ryu Karate

  • Soke George Irrenius, Ju Shin Jutsu

  • Sensei Bengt Jacobsson, Ju Shin Jutsu