The Taikyoku katas come from Shotokan Karate, the school of
Gichin Funakoshi. Funakoshi brought karate from Okinawa to Japan in the
The Pinan katas come from Funakoshi's teacher Anko Itosu.
Originally Ten-Chi Kenpo utilized mostly Japanese forms. The additional Chinese forms
were incorporated in the early 1990's.
Moi Fa Hung (Bai Ka), Wah Lum, and Lien Po, the Chinese forms
through green belt come from three schools of Chinese kenpo: Hung Gar
(Moi Fa Hung), Northern Praying Mantis (Wah Lum), and Northern Shao Lin (Lien
Po). The defending sides of Nihon and Sanban, respectively,
come from Kajukenbo. The B sides were created by Norman Shihan, as
were both sides of Yohon and Gohon.
Lohan comes from Southern Lohan Chu'an Kung Fu. Chu'an
Sim is a Northern Shao Lin form. Chin Yen Chu'an (Seinan Ken)
is from Kung Fu Wu Tsu. The Keiho forms are from Nick Cerio's
Kenpo system (Norman is Professor Cerio's ranking black belt). The
Keihos were created by Professor Cerio, and approved by his
teacher, William K.S. Chow. Originally there were six Keihos. They have
been modified slightly by Norman and two have been combined, so we
practice five total.
The majority of Ten-Chi Kenpo's locks are modified from
Jujutsu; the throws, for the most part, come from Aikido. The
Goshins are from Kajukenbo.
Lien Lu comes from Northern Shao Lin Kung Fu. Yohan is
a Northern Yohan Chu'an form. Shorinji Ken is from the Hung Gar
system, a Chinese family art. The Bo forms are from the Okinawan
grandmaster Shushi. The Taiji set is the Yang Style Long Form as
taught by T.T. Liang. Tuan Ta and Moi Fa are both Northern
Shao Lin forms.