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If you are referring to American schools teaching traditional Martial Arts, they don't. I learn and teach the same things my counterparts in Okinawa teach. And it is the same things that are being taught in Columbia, Australia, Israel, Japan and Canada.

If you are referring to American Kempo, it is a martial art that has been modified for American desires rather than a traditional martial art.

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