Kiyojute Ryu Kempo Bugei is a unique martial arts system founded by William Paul Durbin, Jr. Needing skills of self defense because of some incidents occurring in high school, Durbin received his first training in self defense techniques from his father who was a World War II veteran trained in the hand to hand combat of that era. Following training under various instructors and sharing skills with many martial arts friends, Durbin trained only for self-defense in its purity.
This lead to the formation of Kiyojute Ryu Kempo Bugei, which is composed of the ten martial arts dedicated to preserving the true and pure skills of self-defense that developed out of the Kempo which came out of China and caused the development of martial arts out of the indigenous fighting arts of Japan and Okinawa.
All of the martial arts taught through Kiyojute Ryu Kempo Bugei are taught only for self defense. While many modern arts based on older systems of combat and self-defense have been modified for competition or purely aesthetic performance, the martial arts of Kiyojute Ryu are preserved in their original combat manner.
The main martial art of Kiyojute Ryu is formally known as Shogei Toitsu Kempo, all arts beginning in Kempo, which can also be translated as, all art unified in Kempo. But the system is comprised of ten major martial arts and also preserves the concept of the Juhakkei Bugei, the eighteen forms of the martial arts.
The Okinawan martial arts are preserved in three forms; Goho Kempo Karate, Shimpo Kempo Karatejutsu, and Shuho Kempo Toidejutsu. Goho Kempo Karate is based on the form of Karate developed for the school system by Yasutsune Itosu but before it was fully modified for modern times. Shimpo Kempo Karatejutsu is based on certain white crane forms which were acknowledged as secrets among Okinawan teachers who were still seeking to hide the original martial arts of the royal family. Shuho Kempo Toidejutsu is the method of preserving the Ryukyu Oke Hiden Bugei as understood by the founder.
The Japanese martial arts are preserved in three forms; Juho Kempo Jujutsu, Aikiho Kempo Jujutsu (aka Aikijujutsu), and Nimpo Kempo Kobujutsu (aka Ninjutsu). Juho Kempo Jujutsu is fundamentally based on old systems of Jujutsu and the categorization of these martial techniques as redesigned by the educator Jigoro Kano. Aikiho Kempo Jujutsu/Aikijujutsu is based on the martial arts that passed through the Minamoto family to the Takeda family, and influenced modern martial arts as various as Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu, Hakko Ryu Jujutsu, and Nippon Shorinji Kempo. Nimpo Kempo Kobujutsu/Ninjutsu is the preservation of stealth techniques and a form of fighting unique to certain schools of Ninjutsu.
Weapons are taught in Bukiho Kempo Kobujutsu and includes not only the weapons of Japan and Okinawa, but several Chinese weapons that are commonly taught on Japan and Okinawa. There are formally sixty weapons as taught in Kiyojute Ryu Kempo Bugei. As several Japanese and Okinawan styles have done, Kiyojute Ryu also has a branch for the preservation of Chinese martial arts as self defense. In general it is known as Inyoho Chugoko Kempo, but to show that it is Chinese martial arts it is called Tsung Shih Tai Chi Chuan. Within Tsung Shih are the Shaolin five animal roots, the thirteen postures of Tai Chi, the elements of Hsing I Chuan and Pa Kua Chang, along with four Chinese weapons, all geared towards self defense, but with a methodology that allows it to be an excellent form of exercise for seniors.
Finally, there is Goshinho Kempo Goshinjutsu, which is a method of teaching self -defense seminars. However, for a person to receive certification in this form of self-defense instruction, they must be at least Nidan in one of the Kiyojute Ryu Kempo Bugei, qualified for the appropriate title and with experience in teaching.
Kiyojute Ryu Kempo Bugei is open to all those who would like to learn the traditional martial arts in a Christian manner. Kiyojute Ryu Kempo Bugei, recognizes the need for a positive philosophy as a foundation of learning the martial arts to keep it from merely being a form of violence. All Asian philosophies are examined and their harmony with the principles of Christianity are noted, but the main emphasis is to teach the idea of Kiyojute, the philosophy of being a ‘spiritually positive gentle person’, like Jesus Christ.