Hóng Cūn (Red Village) Qūan

Is What We Teach

"Hóng Cūn (Red Village) Qūan (紅村拳) comes from one of the oldest, and most effective, military combat systems ever developed. The system was designed for adults and mature teens. The training is difficult, dangerous, and demanding. It takes perseverance, high motivation, a good mind, and, an unwillingness to compromise standards. The system utilizes improvised as well as standard weapons. It is meant to supplement a future soldier's battlefield repertoire of techniques and ideas to keep him alive and functioning in that hostile environment. This is not for exercise or sport. Due to time and budgetary constraints, it must be taught outside of regular military training schedules.

This Is Why We Teach

The violent seek us out. For civilians, with the situation as it is today, it is best to avoid violent confrontations; and, to utilize counter techniques, only, as a last resort in your defensive layering. It is our understanding that, real self defense is not fighting or dueling; rather, it is a system that minimizes the chance of attack. One thing is true: the principles of defense are diametrically opposed to those of today's "Sport Karate", Taekwondo, MMA or any other competitive martial sport the likes of which reward aggressive behavior.

This Is Who We Are

The Academy of Ryukyu Kenpo [琉球 拳法 學院 (紅村)] is a private school. It's Master Instructor is licensed by the Sports Ministry in Israel.

The Academy of Ryukyu Kenpo was originally established in 1975 in Independence, Missouri by Jon David (D'veed) Natan (徳維 納騰). The name was a direct translation of "Ryukenkan" (琉拳館), the Dojo name given to D'veed Natan by (Taika) (大家) Seiyu Oyata. The Academy oversees the activities of the other Ryukyu Kenpo Kobujutsu Kai Dojo, clubs and groups teaching in Israel and abroad. This is why it is our Honbu (紅村) Dojo (道場). It is a member of the Ryukyu Kenpo Karate Kobudo Rengokai (琉球 拳法 唐手 古武道 連合会) an umbrella organization, encompassing the Ryukyu Kenpo Kobujutsu Kai (琉球 拳法 古武術 会), in addition to other Okinawan style organizations.

A Bit More

All students receive Private Lessons. If you wish to train with us, you will obtain membership in the Ryukyu Kenpo Kobujutsu Kai; the organization that licenses all Dojo and Instructors.

Initially, you will be a member of the Mudanshai, those striving to become permanent members of the group. This is a 10 to 12 month time period in which you learn a predetermined course of instruction that prepares you for advanced training. Upon acceptance you will be inducted into the Yudanshai and your training will become much more personalized.

Self-defense is not a game. Our goal is to provide effective strategies and skills for surviving violent encounters – at whatever level. Our goal is not to teach you how to stand there and fight. We do not teach "dueling"; nor are we concerned with "winning". Our only self-defense goal is to teach you how to end it now! By ending a violent encounter quickly, you do one thing – ensure your own safety. The strategies, tactics and degree of force necessary all change according to the threat level, your goals or profession.

Violence should be employed only when no other choice or options are available to avoid it. The situation must be put in proper context. Think as to how you will relate to it a few days from now. Will it be that important, then? Will you even remember what caused it to occur? Is it worth jail time to you? A hospital stay? Your death, his death, unintential, or not? Fighting IS illegal.

A simple, but controversial, statement is: The reason that most 'martial arts' techniques fail in actual conflict is that the person trying to use them doesn't have the "basics" nailed down. There are fundamental elements that MUST be present in an effective offense. In training, reviewing these elements is often met with a "yeah, yeah, I know that" attitude. The problem is in an actual confrontation, the know-it-all does everything BUT those "basics" and that is why he loses the fight. As our goal is survival of 'predatory' violence and not 'civil' or 'sporting event' violence, we emphasis that these fundamentals must be ingrained. We don't care if you "know" them, we care that you "do" them as instinctively and automatically as breathing.

Advanced technique is nothing but the basics understood at a deeper level. And, it is having those "basics" ingrained that will not only save you in a conflict, but will allow you to moderate your use of force – which does wonders for keeping you out of jail afterwards.

Techniques fail. Things go wrong. Murphy and his laws are always present in a physical confrontation. Many a perfectly good self-defense technique can be – and has been – utterly defeated by the attacker simply stepping forward. If you only "know" rather than "understand" a move, your attempts are vulnerable to Mr. Murphy. That is because you probably will not be able to react fast enough when the situation changes; and alter your own actions to meet this new and different threat. Or, you will attempt to muscle your way through, to make a move work. This would be fine if you are a big, strong man, but if you attempt to contest the strength of a larger and stronger opponent your technique will fail – nearly every time.

You may know hundreds of techniques, but if you don't understand what makes them work you won't be able to apply them outside the controlled environment of the training hall. If you understand the principles that make them work, no matter what is happening you can develop a move – on the spot – that will be successful against any size opponent. A student must have an ingrained understanding of these principles; that allow him to operate effectively within the chaos of violent confrontation. The 'technique collector' will often freeze in confusion, unsure of which, of the hundreds of techniques he "knows", would have been best. By the time he decides on one, the opportunity and the technique's effectiveness has passed. This is why so many training hall techniques fail in actual practice.