What is Kenpo Karate?
Although there is no definitive litmus test for what "is" or "is not" Ed Parker's American Kenpo Karate, the basics, techniques, forms, sets, etc. on this site are based on the Kenpo I learned under the direction and leadership of Ed Parker Sr.
Mr. Parker was the undisputed founder and leader of American Kenpo. My personal art is not an exact replica of the Ed Parker system of Kenpo. I don't even think it would be possible for someone to replicate someone else's art to the point that I could say I teach their art. My personal art is simply the end result of studying the Ed Parker system of Kenpo since 1972.
Kenpo is the system I teach. If, however, we were to examine my
methods carefully, the system could very easily bear my name.
Black Belt Magazine, July 1979
Basic information for the art Kenpo Karate is available through clicking on the links to the left. Each of these links will, in turn, take you further and further into the fascinating system of Kenpo Karate.
Most students and schools already have a curriculum of basics, sets, forms and techniques, so I've spent much of my time adding photos, memorabilia and articles to this site. If you find a photograph you like, please feel free to copy it and use it as you wish. If you would like to use one of the articles, please ask my permission before doing so.
I see a lot of web site that say all their images are copyrighted and you'll be prosecuted if you use them without their written permission. This is very contrary to the type of person Mr. Parker was. He shared everything he had, giving freely anytime he was asked.
I once asked Mr. Parker what I could have, of his, in order to improve my and my students Kenpo. He responded with. “Anything I have is yours.” This was Ed Parker and this was his way. So, if you see any photographs in either my gallery or among the memorabilia that you would like to use, please help yourself. On the other hand, if you have any interesting Kenpo memorabilia that you would like to share with rest of the Kenpo family, you’re welcome to send me a high resolution photograph with a description of the item for consideration.