Kenpo is firmly undogmatic, and as such its techniques vary depending upon the preference of the practitioner and the instructor.
However, certain characteristics are common to nearly all forms of kenpo.
• Kenpo is a system of self-defense. Its techniques are almost entirely counters; a typical kenpo school does not teach its students how to attack people.
• Kenpo is not about fighting. A Kenpo practitioner does not "feel out" his opponent. Once the kenpoka is attacked, his aim is to end the fight however he can as quickly and
efficiently as possible.
• Kenpo is set apart from many other martial arts by the sheer size of its curriculum.