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The International Shaolin Kenpo Association

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                                            Circle of Iron

Pacific Shaolin Kenpo have been members of the International Shaolin Kenpo Association and have been listed on the Circle of Iron since 1994. We are known for the School Crest with the Mountain and River.


Title: Great Grandmaster Rob Castro

Rob Castro’s training in martial Arts began at the age of 5, under 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 advanced together, 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).

Rob Castro’s story would be incomplete without including his Brother and Sisters. They have spent a lifetime in service to the
community, specializing in their fields. Each
of the ‘Magnificent 7’ have proven themselves to be involved in educating and improving the local community as team players.

There have been many Bruce Lee moments for Rob and his family. In 1964, one of 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 an advanced form called ‘Galloping Horse’, a dance his father created. This can be viewed on ‘Northwest Shaolin Kenpo Association Youtube channel’.

Tom Bleecker, co-author of ‘DRAGON, the Bruce Lee Story’ mentions Rob ‘as an 8 year old bringing the crowd to its feet with resounding applaud. Paraphrased and shared with full permission by Mr. Bleecker.

Rob is Kind, Easily approachable, and loves to teach, sharing his knowledge and experience. At his Fathers passing in 2019, Rob Castro assumed the role of Head of the Shaolin Kenpo Family. To schedule a Seminar with Rob, contact John Kraft at 360-470-2208 or leave a note on our comments.

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?
Common words from thise who met him are: ‘He has a presence’ and was always a Gentleman’ .

Some are born into Greatness, but Ralph Castro was definitely not, receiving his first pair of shoes around the age of 10.

The achievements of Ralph Castro were not accidental, but his labor of Love. He achieved greatness by working for it one day after another. ded.

The truly ‘Great ones’ all seem to take pride in those they have helped and in their accomplishments. In this way, he was humble, never haughty.

The accomplishments of this Poor Island Boy were 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.

Ralph Castro created a system of Martial Arts that traveled around the World, and still enjoyed playing ‘Patty cake’ with children, teaching self-defense in the process.

Ralph Castro achieved greatness within his own lifetime”, his was a journey that required Vision, Commitment, Courage and the Spirit of GOD.