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Ed Parker's American Kenpo Karate

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To Kenpo or not to Kenpo

  • May 18, 2010

A local practice in an area where I live is the American Kenpo karate style as originated by Ed Parker. 

I find that this style is not recognized in a lot of karate circles, nor am I able to find it being certified.

Should one continue on the cash cow of karate when it's not nationally recognized?

It's great exercise and it's good for self-defense, but, to what end?  Has anyone heard of American Kenpo?  Participated?

Your two cents worth is greatly appreciated!

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May 18, 2010
My understanding is that Jeff Speakman of the film The Perfect Weapon is a Kempo practicioner.
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review by . May 25, 2010
   My daughter, a few years back, thought it would be fun to try something new.  We were by a local playground and saw a karate studio that advertised a free 3 class trial with purchase of a uniform for only $19.95.      We thought that it would be good for her to try it and if she liked it, we would make a decision about whether or not to continue with classes.  She loved it and she did it an went on for 3 years to achieve the "little dragon" white …
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American Kenpo or Kenpo Karate is a system of martial arts created by Ed Parker, characterized by the use of quick moves in rapid-fire succession intended to overwhelm an opponent. It is largely marketed as a self-defense system, and is derived from traditional Japanese martial art and other martial arts such as Southern Chinese kung fu found in the cultural melting pot of Hawaii.

Parker introduced significant modifications in his art, including principles, theories, and concepts of motion as well as terminology, throughout his life. He left behind a large number of instructors who teach many different versions of American Kenpo as Ed Parker died before he named a successor to his art.

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