Life[ edit ] Born in Hawaii, Parker began training in Judo  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.
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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.
A historical overview of the Oriental pugilistic forms of Martial Arts back into the antiquities compliments earlier writings on the subject. Acknowledging the lack of reliable sources, he documented the development of the Martial Arts from its early beginnings in India and China, highlighting the value of the original eighteen hand movements. With surgical precision, and in a simple to understand format, he classifies and categorizes the Martial Arts into basics, self-defense, and freestyle — each with various subdivisions.
Through the use of comparative analysis with both music and the written word, he introduces the concept of relating combat methods found in the Martial Arts to movements from daily living, alluding to everyday gestures that can be used for devastating effect. In a short, succinct section, he shares his philosophy of teaching along with the elements of effective learning, identifying the stages and plateaus of learning that students must both go and grow through.
Drawing analogies from the world of music, scripture, the law courts, sports and carpentry, he crystallizes his own unique philosophical perspective. He concludes this stimulating volume with an essential examination of environmental preventive preparatory considerations as well as a set of ten commandments of prevention. In this introductory volume, he had sought successfully to stimulate the minds of readers to become independent thinkers—to ask questions, consider various perspectives, principles and practices, to challenge traditional thinking, to become acquainted with combat realities and increase in understanding.
Infinite Insights into Kenpo, Volume 1 Kindle Version 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. Organized into a logical and sequential order of priorities to insure reader comprehension, he carefully prioritized subjects in their proper order as a means of increasing retention.
Get a copy of Volume 2 on Amazon. The specific purpose of Volume II was to teach students how to tailor stances to their individual physical make-up. As Martial Artists tailor their stances appropriately, they solidify their balance and insure instant maneuverability. Ed endeavored to share a thorough knowledge of maneuvering, including numerous methods that teach instantaneous transitional response causing peak combat performance. By way of introduction, Ed focused on the need for personal conditioning along with the developing of the muscles, joints, and other parts of the body so that they function with maximum proficiency in the midst of an attack.
Elaborating on the function of the muscles, he included a series of line drawings sharing a sequence of both warm-up and strengthening exercises. Emphasizing the need for each basic move to be performed with continual precision, Ed likened the learning process to learning language phonetically. He cautioned that poorly learned basic moves that can result in an exponent of the art mumbling with their movements.
Acknowledging the method of teaching moves via phonetics by others involved with body motion, Ed stated each move should be taught by-the-numbers. He highly recommended this approach to learning moves phonetically, on condition that a student trains the body to execute maximum force via conserved motion. Subsequent to this initial method of teaching basic moves, he believed motion can be conserved in three ways: direct, defense and offense, occurring simultaneously along with combing several strikes in one basic motion.
Tangible and intangible visual aids are introduced, including the clock principle, a directional reference used to aid students in selecting the proper direction when attacked, retaliating, or working on basics. Ed shared the mathematic symbol concept using the plus, minus and time symbols. He also discussed the geometric symbol concept that includes the square, triangle and circle.
All of which are visual aid methods, which can be used interchangeably. Stances, the foundation of the art, along with maneuvers, methods of travel, are exhaustively explained, analyzed, dissected and summarized.
Along with this in-depth treatise that clarifies everything from the foot positioning, weight distribution, and purpose of a stance, to step-by-step diagrams of foot and body maneuvers. With the same direction and thrust as Volume II, he continued in Physical Analyzation Part II to categorize, classify and expound on the basic subdivisions of blocks, strikes and specialized moves and methods. Grab Volume 3 from Amazon. Blocks, primarily defensive moves, and defined types of blocks are exhaustively expanded upon, such as striking, parrying, positioned, pinning and specialized blocks taught in Kenpo.
In an excellent photographic series overlaid with directional diagrams, Ed uses his longtime friend and student Frank Trejo to show the moves step by step.
Specialized blocks, such as catching, trapping, jamming, lock-out, ricocheting and sliding checks are put into perspective photographically through simple, selected, self-defense sequences.
A myriad of masterful methods of executing a multitude of strikes is set forth completely for the first time in this volume. Strikes are sequentially, logically and practically charted out, demonstrated and arguably addressed better than any other Martial Arts text. Using comparative analysis expanding on the bounds of existing experience, Ed elaborates masterfully on the merits of major and minor moves.
At the conclusion of the topic of physical analysis in the second and third volumes, Ed reminds students that a knowledge of how and what is not complete without an understanding of why. As the Senior Grandmaster of American Kenpo he teaches the tools of the Kenpo artists, along with an understanding appropriate principles and applications. Leaving a formula for future combat success on the street, he stresses a need for the consistent use of correct principles. Infinite Insights into Kenpo, Volume 4 Volume IV of Infinite Insights into Kenpo is an adventure in the world of often taken for granted, and overlooked mental and physical constituents.
With an emphasis on the imperative need for a marriage of the mind and body for success in combat, he discusses the need for physical skills to become conditioned responses. Ed expounds on numerous concepts ranging from mental attributes, breathing, target areas and zone theories, to how principles and concepts work chronologically.
With an admonition by the Master to read each chapter carefully, he reminds students that it is the application of the total, tailored to the individual, that optimizes opportunity. This Volume is a must for the serious student of the Martial Arts. Grab your copy of Volume 4 on Amazon now!
Target areas such as the skeletal bones, internal organs and muscular systems are readiness and other positions. The usefulness of appropriate natural weapons is illustrated from diverse positions in different settings. A complete chart of targets along with suggested natural weapons and possible results or effects precisely identifies anatomical weak points. The principle of contouring is visually expressed as is the concept of complimentary angels.
Twenty-one fundamental underpinning principles and concepts of technique are defined and elaborated upon in connection with increasing combat effectiveness. Ed addresses such issues as posture, balance, relaxation, speed, accuracy, angles, economy of motion and focus to name a few, as essential to becoming a mechanic of motion.
Preparing true disciples for further light and knowledge, Ed indicated that Volume V expounds in more detail on the principles and concepts contained in specifically selected, anatomically illustrated case studies of motion.
Infinite Insights into Kenpo, Volume 4 Kindle Version Volume IV of Infinite Insights into Kenpo is an adventure in the world of often taken for granted, and overlooked mental and physical constituents. The main purpose of this volume was to incorporate all of the basic theories, concepts, and principles discussed in the four earlier volumes together, to achieve a complete understanding of how these mental and physical aspects relate, function, and apply. Acquiring this knowledge not only develops refined techniques but, can result in success in combat.
Grab Volume 5 on Amazon. With an excellent set of graphic illustrations drawn by his son Ed Parker, Jr. He used a detailed photographic series, including senior black belts. Demonstrating a specially selected series of self-defense case studies, he analyzed, dissected and discussed fundamental principles of self-defense.
As the Master Teacher that he was, Ed indicated the name of each case study, identified its theme, and stated both the ideal attack and ideal defense.
Additional factors were alluded to for further consideration, exploration and investigation. Principles contained within each move of the selected self-defense studies were exhaustively reviewed. A selection of Freestyle or Sparring sequences was illustrated from the Yellow, Orange and Purple belt stages of Kenpo. Categorizing and classifying freestyle settings, he reviews important preparatory considerations previously addressed in Volume I, in far greater depth, thus indicating the value and interchangeability of these principles and considerations in combat situations, whether in tournament competition or in street combat.
Ed concludes this capstone volume with the cornerstone and keystone firmly in place. The years he had spent analyzing, scrutinizing, creating and developing his system of American Kenpo were now logically, practically, and sequentially set in place for future students to build on. Inside Elvis When Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll died in August, , there was a mad scramble of those who thought that they knew Elvis to get their memoirs into print.
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