Ed Parker's Kenpo Karate
Kenpo Karate (Ed Parker’s Kenpo) was developed by Ed parker,
who was the foremost authority and instructor of Kenpo in the
United States, as well as other countries throughout the world.
He is the founder of the Ed Parker Kenpo Karate System as well
as the IKKA. Ed Parker is the undisputed father of American Kenpo
Karate, having opened the first commercial Karate studio in the
United States in 1954, out of Provo, Utah. He then opened
up the Pasadena Dojo in 1956.
American Kenpo was influenced by the Chinese art
of which Mr. Parker realized early in his training, the need for
new innovations in the system. Analyzing
the methods of fighting in Hawaii (the place of his birth and
early rearing), he saw the unquestionable need for an updated
version of the Martial Arts. Breaking the bonds of tradition,
he experimented with the more logical and practical means of combating
our modern day methods of fighting – thus emerged with his
own interpretation of the Art. Principles and concepts set down
to him as fact began to be disproved. In theory they seemed sound,
but put into practice, they proved to be obsolete.
Mr. Parker’s added concepts, theories, principles,
and innovations, not yet employed by other systems, is what makes
his Kenpo system unique, practical, logical, realistic, and applicable.
It employs linear as well as circular moves, utilizing intermittent
power when and where needed, interspersed with minor and major
moves that flow with continuity. It is flexible in though and
action so as to blend with encounters as they occur. Mr. Parker’s
uniqueness rests in his continuous efforts to combat traditional
restrictions binding progressive thinking. His over four decades
of experience, contributions, and revolutionary concepts establishes
him as Sr. Grand Master of our system, the author of our training
material, and the founder of the IKKA.
The ultimate aim and goal of the IKKA is to provide
an opportunity for all instructors to work together comparing,
correcting, modernizing, and improving upon the base existing
knowledge. We look forward to offering many beneficial products,
services, and business development assistance to our fellow Kenpo
practitioners in 2003.