Shihan Paul Arel founded Kokondo Karate in 1970, based on his studies of several Karate systems as well as his mastery of the Japanese Jujitsu training he received from Sudo Sensei and as a Marine stationed in Japan.
Shihan Arel uniquely developed three guiding principals which informed his retention of the thousands of techniques he learned from his earliest training. He used these principals to further understand and develop the techniques he learned from: SanKata Karate, Isshin Ryu Karate and Kyokushin Karate. These Principals are Kuzushi, Shorinji and Jushin.
While Kokondo’s techniques and Kata are similar to the systems stated above, these three principals are unique to Kokondo’s Founder in both concept and application. The further development of them is also uniquely Kokondo’s as taught by the founder’s successor Greg Howard Kaicho.