A Charter Membership is generally for schools that, with their students, would like to study the art of Kenpo under our direction, follow our guidelines, and attain rank within the association. These members are expected to wear our patch, follow our guidelines, and test according to our requirements.
The art we teach is strongly based on the system of Ed Parker's American Kenpo, which I've studied fifty-plus years, but we understand that as times change, so must the art of Kenpo.
As an association, we're here to support our members, but do not dictate a specific curriculum for them to study. The strongest base within the association is in our forms, which are fairly standardized within the schools. The self-defense techniques are less structured, as we believe without the freedom to make changes there can be no creativity. Without creativity, the system would cease to grow and eventually become nothing more than another martial art based on traditions of the past.
The initial membership fee is $43.00, which includes shipping. With your membership, you'll receive a Certificate of Membership, a 6-inch Association Crest Patch, 4-inch OKKA Rocker Patch, and the 3-inch Ed Parker Memory Patch.
Annual Dues are $24.00. We don't send out renewal notices, or bills to the members. It's been our experience that if a member would like to drop out of the association, the last thing they want is to receive continual requests for money. We feel if a member wants to stay current, they'll make an effort to do so.
It is important to understand that membership does not include rank of any kind. Your certificate is for membership only. Rank may be earned within the association, but it's not given automatically - regardless of current rank or training.