ABOUT MY KENPO WAY
I started in KENPO in October 1977. I'm lucky enough in that I'm not just convinced and continue to make sure this day. I wasn't poisoned sport ideas and I was always interested in a pragmatic approach to any technique that I needed to learn ! Now, my criteria are integrity and transparency: first, simplicity - because in Real Combat fast-moving complicated techniques can give a misfire, fail, and therefore simple and economical steps to ultimately save your life, and secondly, the reality is - well, with it, I suppose, might argue just fans of "paramilitary exercises", and thirdly, of course, efficiency - i.e., the ability to kill the enemy as quickly as possible. Alas but it's clear for every who was in Real Combat. As I spoke earlier, I'm not the sportsman. Moreover, I didn't take part in official sports competitions on any single combats. Except for experience of JUDO competitions in age 12. But life in Russia gave me enough situations where I could check my Real Skills of Combat. This subsequently gave me to the idea of creating a new KENPO school of the same name.
So I for the first time have crossed Dojo threshold in age 11. There's enough late but what to do is was so. I've started to study KENPO which then named JUDO SELF-DEFENSE. At that time in the USSR to study KENPO openly who was forbidden also those tried - got in GULAG. To me has had the luck to get to Nikolay Nikiforov, Sensei which coached the policemen also taught the civilians. And these were my first KENPO lessons. Now I would tell, that Nikiforov Sensei taught us good OKINAWA KENPO. But then all of us considered that this JUDO.
Has passed time and I from the JUDO SELF-DEFENSE have passed to KYOKUSHINKAI KARATE. I was very inspired by the personality of the founder KYOKUSHINKAI - Mas Oyama. Sure I liked his unshakable belief in Absolute Truth ! And I admit fairly - me and then and now aspects of competitions or BUDO show didn't interest it all. I looked at these games of adult men and to me was insulting. It's insulting that people come to look on show and confuse it with Real Combat ! But everyone who wants be deceived, certainly he can be deceived, isn't it ?
In Russia in the 80's and 90's of the 20th century the life very strongly differs from the western way of life. After the fall of the communist regime in Russia began the redistribution of property. And it looked like gangster's wars 20-30's of the 20th century in the U.S.A. Many racketeers and bandits, who only yesterday were simply athletes ( boxers, kick-boxers, wrestlers and karate-kas ), as well as criminals who don't want to miss the opportunity to capture a piece of cake named Russia. It was a good chance to get real money as quickly as possible. And recently had unofficial information on this "New Civil War" in Russia killed about 2.000.000 people. For example, in the Afghanistan war was killed about 15.000 Russian soldiers. Here in Russia always was appreciated not simply skill to stand up itself, and to survive in war which goes constantly, everywhere and always ! Then everyone could just slaughtered like sheep without mercy. On this "New Civil War" you could be either cop or gangsters.
Time has come to serve in the Soviet Army and I've gone in Spetsnaz. It was very prestigious for the guy from Russia ! Yes I've forgotten to tell about the choice - in "New Civil War" I've chosen side of cop, instead the gangster. In Soviet Army I studied OPERATIVE COMBAT and my instructors taught me how necessary to solve question in Real Combat. Thanks God and my Spetsnaz instructors, I till now remember these lessons.
For full assessment of my Combat studying need to add another two Combat styles. Certainly BOXING under my school friend Alexander Artemiev. He's now senior boxing coach in Saint-Petersburg and WBC referee in Russia. And then he was int'l class master of sports by boxing also first Soviet boxer who went to the U.S.A. as "Red Wave" profy-boxer. Also he held many champion titles of the Soviet Union and Europe and participated in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. And most importantly, he was a good street boxer. Because Alexander Artemiev also taught me STREET BOXING. The my second combat discipline is FULL-CONTACT KARATE. In this Dojo, I got my first black belt. Then it was a very good practice in street-fighting. Because it was the time of "new civil war" in Russia. In those days need had to solve many troubles using fists and hand-held weapons, just to survive this "New Civil War".
After Army service I worked as the bodyguard a little bit. Then I started to make a living by what I know best. Just I started teaching KENPO as Real Combat in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Alas, before I started practicing as KENPO SENSEI, in Russia wasn't aware of KENPO as Real Combat. And for KENPO propagation I created the Real Combat school which called as SIN JUTSU RYU. Later, at an International Seminar, I met Stephen Morris, Kyoshi, who revealed to me the true OKINAWA KENPO. In the middle of 90's of the 20th century, I learned the basics of this Real Combat under his leadership, as a personal student.
Many years have passed since that time... Now this KENPO style became well-known among the Real Combat experts worldwide. In December, 2016 major international KENPO Experts recognized SIN JUTSU RYU as traditional KENPO school according to the results of the last period in for 25 years. That's all what I can tell about my KENPO Way, OSU!
Oleg J. Sheprut, SOKE, PhD MA