KENPO means fist "principle," and is sometimes called Chinese boxing or Chinese Karate. It was brought into the open in Hawaii in the 1940's by James Mitose and popularized by the late Professor William K.S. Chow. The art was transplanted to southern California in the late 1950's where its best known exponent was the late Ed Parker.
Kenpo differs from many styles of karate in its preference for circular movement over linear techniques.
PROFESSOR NICK CERIO (1936-1998) was New England's Kenpo authority. A 10th dan with over 35 years experience, Prof. Cerio studied under both Professor William K.S. Chow and Grandmaster Ed Parker, who awarded him a 9th Dan in Kenpo.
He taught for 30 years and has been inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame and the Inside Kung-Fu magazine Hall of Fame. Prof. Cerio frequently trained law officers.