Kim Chi Koh
Albert C. Church, Jr.
Robert Kelly
Ted Petit
Shorinji Tekken Ryu Modern Teaching Lineage
Kim Chi Koh
So Rim Sa Churl Kwon Do
Yong Dong Po/Korea
circa 1900 (1)

Shorinji Tekken Ryu
Mishima-shi, Shizuoka-ken/Japan
1956

Albert C. Church, Jr. (2)
Shorinji Tekken Ryu
Tokyo, Japan
1967

Nippon Kobudo Kamishin Ryu
Tokyo, Japan
1969

Robert Kelly (3)
Shorinji Tekken Ryu
Charleston, S.C./U.S.A.
1980

Ted Petit (4)
Shorinji Tekken Ryu
Charleston, S.C./U.S.A.
1995

Historical Note:

Ted Petit (5)
Shorinji Tekken Ryu/
Nippon Kobudo Kamishin Ryu
Toda City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
2009

 

(1) Dates represent the lineage transfer year
to each head family.

(2) The kanji for the system name would
read as follows:
Shorinji / Tetsu / Ken Ryu
When written or spoken as one name,
TetsuKen becomes TekKen respectively.

(3) Robert Kelly was named as the inheritor
of the Shorinji Tekken Ryu
system by Albert C. Church in 1971.

(4) Ted Petit was named as the inheritor of the
Shorinji Tekken Ryu system by Robert Kelly in 1995.

(5) 2009 training trip to Japan includes Petit sensei, Derek Morris and Donald Burke.

While in Toda City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan on November 24-25, 2009, Petit sensei and Derek Morris
met to discuss critical details concerning the Kamishin
system, its expansion and ensuring that teaching methods are in place that will help sustain the quality of technique that will allow this system to stand the test of time.

Donald Burke documented the meeting with photography.

This meeting was especially important to Petit sensei to honor Albert C. Church, Jr.

The system of Kamishin Ryu was recognized in Japan
with Mr. Church as its Head Family in 1968. Now
because of this meeting, the system has once again,
symbolically established its roots back in Japan with
its current Head Family, Ted Petit!

**All family names are presented with surnames
last.