Acceptance Policy

The Northwest Shaolin Kenpo Association currently has an open door policy to everyone. Friends, Students and past Students are all welcome. We ask all to come and share the journey with us and please leave arguments at the door.

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What we offer:

  • Nothing to Sign, Nothing to Pay.
  • Everyone can come and go freely.
  • What are we doing? We are asking people to share with each other as a group of Martial Artists, Athletes and Friends.
  • Our Goal is Simple: To help one another by Joining Strengths in Unity, to Support one another in every way we can, when we can…
  • To Keep Martial Arts and Performing Arts Alive and Growing in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

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The International Shaolin Kenpo Association

In 2015, I received a phone call from Great Grandmaster Ralph Castro and his wife Pat Castro, offering me the Position of Northwest Representative to the International Shaolin Kenpo Association. I have gratefully assumed this position. I am humbled day by day as I strive to learn what this duty means to myself, the Castro Family, and the greater family of High Ranking Black Belts in the Association.

I can’t entirely put into words the gratitude I feel, having been offered this wonderful position but, I can say I feel it to the depths of my Soul. In his Memory, our Energy and Ambition is to now Advance his Art to Honor our Friend and Instructor by sharing his Art with as many as possible, in as many ways as possible.  Therefore, our goal for the Northwest Shaolin Kenpo Association is to focus on the needs of the community and find ways to help.

Great Grandmaster Rob Castro

Rob Castro’s training in martial Arts began at the age of 5, under the guidance of his father Great Grandmaster Ralph Castro, the Creator of Shaolin Kenpo and Founder of the International Shaolin Kenpo Association. Rob trained alongside his siblings Rafael “Boss” Castro, and 5 sisters; April, May, June, July and Mia. The Children all advanced together, and each has achieved very impressive accomplishments in Martial Arts. In their competition years, they were known as “Ralph Castro’s Magnificent 7” (Rob, ‘Boss’, April, May, June, July and Mia Castro).

Great Grandmaster Rob Castro’s story would be incomplete without including his Brother and Sisters. Of these, 4 have achieved the Status of Grandmaster, 2 are Professors. 3 have made careers teaching and Sharing Shaolin Kenpo. They have spent a lifetime in service to the
community, specializing in Children’s education and Women’s self Defense. They work with local Law Enforcement and Continuing Leadership Education. They have been in Martials Arts Movies, and have current Self Defense shows running on Art Camacho’s El Rey Network. Each
of the ‘Magnificent 7’ have proven themselves to be involved in educating and improving the local community as team players.

In 1964, the 1st International Karate Championships were held in Long Beach, California, This tournament was made famous when Bruce Lee demonstrated his 1 and 3 inch punch on a young Joe Lewis. Already a veteran at 8 years old, Rob performed ‘Galloping Horse’, for the first time, a dance his father created.

Throughout his 50+ years in the Martial Arts he has won hundreds of awards in Forms as well as Sparring competitions. He has taught seminars around the world with his Father. Rob is still active and continues teaching in 2021. At his Fathers passing in 2019, Rob Castro assumed the role of the leader of the Shaolin Kenpo Family. He has recently been promoted to Great Grandmaster.

The International Shaolin Kenpo Association

The International Shaolin Kenpo Association was established in 1981 by Great Grandmaster Ralph Castro to be the only governing body over his art of Shaolin Kenpo. The Association regulates the technical quality of Shaolin Kenpo and governs its members. It determines rank promotion criteria and maintains standards and ethics. The Association determines who are certified Shaolin Kenpo instructors and sanctioned schools and it requires that they are subject to inspection, review and revocation.

Tribute to Great Grandmaster Ralph Castro


Most of us had heard of him in Martial Arts circles, but, who is Ralph Castro? ‘He has a presence’ and was always a Gentleman’ were common to hear from those who met him. Some are born into Greatness, but Ralph Castro was definitely not, receiving his first pair of shoes around the age of 10.

Some are Thrust into Greatness, but his achievements were not accidental, they were simply his labor of Love. That leaves only one option; Ralph Castro Achieved Greatness by working for it, one day after another. We all have plans and goals, Life has a plan of its own. Ralph Castro embraced Life’s plan and succeeded.

Pride is a quality of Greatness, when pride is directed at the right target. The truly ‘Great ones’ all seem to take pride in those they have helped and in their  accomplishments. They feel it was never about them. In this case, Greatness is considered a quality of the mind. He was humble, never haughty.

Greatness is also a quality of size; how big were the accomplishments of this Poor Island Boy? His accomplishments were Enormous, Illustrious, Immense, Vast and Wide. He continued to adapt to his surroundings; “Sonny’ in his youth, Raphael in his Island World in Hawaii, Ralph in his new home in San Francisco, and R.C. to those in his retirement years.

Some are simple and that is Ok. Ralph Castro created a vast system of Martial Arts that traveled around the World, and yet he was not above playing ‘Patty cake’ with a child, teaching self defense in the process.

Ralph Castro achieved greatness within his own lifetime”, thus implying that “greatness” is a definite and identifiable quality. For Ralph Castro, his was a journey that required Vision, Commitment, Courage and the Spirit of GOD.