From his first day of training, Mr. As he pursued knowledge by dissecting motion, he reaffirmed his belief that logic was the key ingredient influencing consistent organized methods of study. Structuring his work , he achieved clarity along with the ability to modify and update newly discovered concepts, theories, and principles. Parker developed a distinctive method of converting verbal language into physical language as he personalized lessons through the use of analogies, sayings, and short stories. This personalized teaching method allowed him to expand unilaterally, resulting in a generation of new concepts as well as a new and equally terminology, devised, developed and included in the Kenpo experience. Together with the other writings of Mr.

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Life[ edit ] Born in Hawaii, Parker began training in Judo [1] at an early age and later studied boxing. Parker trained with William Chow while serving in the Coast Guard and attending Brigham Young University , and in he was promoted to the rank of black belt. Parker, seeing that modern times posed new situations that were not addressed in Kenpo, adapted the art to make it more easily applicable to the streets of America.

He called his adapted style American Kenpo Karate. His first brown-belt student was Charles Beeder. There is controversy over whether Beeder received the first black belt awarded by Parker. Parker was well known for his business creativity and helped many martial artists open their own dojos. He was well known in Hollywood , where he trained several stunt men and celebrities—most notably Elvis Presley , to whom he eventually awarded a first-degree black belt in Kenpo. He is best known to Kenpoists as the founder of American Kenpo and is referred to fondly as the "Father of American Kenpo.

Hollywood career[ edit ] Parker had a minor career as a Hollywood actor and stunt man. His most notable film was Kill the Golden Goose. His acting work included the uncredited role of Mr. Death and Intellectual Property[ edit ] Edmund K.

Parker died in Honolulu of a heart attack on December 15, His widow Leilani Parker died on June 12, Of their five children, his son, Ed Parker Jr. Kam IV Inc. During this period, Parker was significantly influenced by the Japanese and Okinawan interpretations prevalent in Hawaii. Between writing and publishing, however, he began to be influenced by the Chinese arts, and included this information in his system.

Here he found himself surrounded by other martial artists from a wide variety of systems, many of whom were willing to discuss and share their arts with him. Exposed to new Chinese training concepts and history, he wrote a second book, Secrets of Chinese Karate, published in Parker drew comparisons in this and other books between karate a better known art in the United States at that time and the Chinese methods he adopted and taught.



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Ed Parker’s Encyclopedia of Kenpo PDF

Infinite Insights into Kenpo, Volume 1 With the accumulation of over thirty years of practical Martial Arts experience, Ed decided to document and share his findings in a monumental series of books. Analyzing the methods of fighting in Hawaii the place of my birth and early rearing, verified the unquestionable need for an updated approach to the Martial Arts. Get Volume 1 from Amazon. In an effort to develop and articulate definable qualities in the Martial Arts, he sought to set the backdrop for the unknown to become known, the intangible to become tangible and for the mysticism to disappear. Quickly clarifying his opinion of classical combat methods and the relative merits of traditional training approaches, he stresses the need for studies to be both logical and practical.


Ed Parker's Encyclopedia Of Kenpo

Kenpo Karate Ed knew that the future of American Kenpo would not be with the his existing students, because they would resist breaking their ties to the past, and most had already gone beyond Kenpo to study kung fu, first under James Wing Woo, and then under Bruce Lee. And as a prophet of the new order, Ed Parker would rightfully foresee that most of his black belts and advanced students would either reject the new system, or forsake it after a few years. Ed felt no great bitterness toward this, because American Kenpo was not created to replace Ed Parker Kenpo. It was created as a way to advance his standard for Kenpo. Ed knew his existing students would not serve two masters. They would not learn a system that was designed to take them where they already were, and most would go on to other systems where they could continue to develop.

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