I don't know how closely my TKD friends follow Kickboxing and MMA, but there has been a resurgence of Kempo Karate with the successes of Stephen "wonderboy" Thompson and Raymond Daniels. Granted, Daniels holds 5th degree black belt in ITF TaeKwonDo (not too shabby!) so that would explain his sidekick propensity in fights. Stephen Thompson however is not a TKD stylist, and from what I read online, American Kempo Karate emphasizes mostly low kicks.. Yet Thompson fights exactly like a TKD guy with lots of sidekick and side-on stances. So what's the deal here? Have Kempo guys like Thompson branched out, or why does he look like a TaeKwonDo fighter, in a style that is not known for flashy kicking at all. It's a self-defence, street oriented system. Anybody trained American Kempo and can set the record straight?