6th dan in Kosho-Ryu Kenpo 6th dan in Chow-Hoon Goshin Jitsu. Pedro Miguel Porém Ferreira was born in Alhandra, Portugal, in 1972 and has from early on been a martial arts enthusiast.
At the age of six he began to learn Judo at the ‘Juventude Alhandrense’ youth group. With his enrolment in the military school ‘Colégio Militar’ in 1982 he was given the opportunity to learn other martial arts and combat sports alongside Judo, such as Boxing, Ju-Jitsu, Archery and Karate. Combined with his military education, this contributed greatly to his development as a martial artist as far as respect, honesty and humility are concerned.
In 1987 he began to learn Full-Contact and Karate Shotokan, and had his first contact with Kenpo. From 1988 onwards Kenpo became his martial art of choice and in 1994 he brought Kosho-Ryu Kenpo to Portugal, founding the APKK (Portuguese Kosho-Ryu Kenpo Association) which in turn gave origin to the FPKK (Portuguese Kosho-Ryu Kenpo Federation). Nevertheless, he has always practised other martial arts along with Kosho-Ryu Kenpo, such as Aikido, Ju-Jitsu, Tai Chi Chuan, Kick-Boxing, Kung-Fu, Chow-Hoon Goshin Jitsu and Taekwondo (among others), since he believes that no martial art is better than any other; instead, they form a unified whole.
As well as constantly travelling the world in order to deepen his knowledge, Sensei Pedro Porém is frequently invited to give training or internships, namely in Spain, England, Scotland, Cyprus, Sweden and the United States of America (Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Jose and Hawaii). Besides practising several martial arts, and with the purpose of developing in Kosho-Yoga and the Healing Arts, he has taken a number of courses: Shiatsu, Sports Massage, Relaxation Massage, Indian Head Massage, Reiki, Karuna and Hypnotherapy.
In conclusion, and apart from his vast experience and knowledge, we can say that the Sensei’s strongest trait is humility. Furthermore, even though he has been dedicated to teaching since 1991, he still considers himself “a humble student”.