About Kenpo


 I come to you with only karate, empty hands.
I have no weapons,
but should I be forced to defend myself,
my principles, or my honor;
should it be a matter of life or death,
of right or wrong;
then here are my weapons,
karate,
my empty hands.

What is Kenpo?

Kenpo is a unique and versatile martial art - a self-defense system that utilizes traditional and modern training methods. The Kenpo practitioner uses the rounded fluid motions of Chinese martial arts and the hard linear strikes of Japanese Karate to create self-defense techniques, form exercises and free-fighting combinations.

Based on four basic principles of physics: torque, back-up mass, borrowed force, and marriage of gravity, Kenpo allows even the smallest person to achieve maximum effectiveness by employing proper body mechanics.



Grandmaster Edmund K. Parker


        Great Grandmaster Edmund K. Parker, 10th degree black belt, is the undisputed Father of American Kenpo Karate. A native of Honolulu, Parker was already a black belt in Judo at age 16, when he began studying Kenpo with Frank Chow in Hawaii. Parker quickly learned everything Frank could teach him, and Frank soon arranged for his brother, William Chow, to help Parker reach a higher level. After only two years of training, Parker earned his brown belt.
 
        Like Mr. Chow, Parker was a street fighter and adapted what he learned to fit with the type of fighting he encountered on the streets, and Chow imparted in Parker the necessity for change in the Kenpo system to meet the modern needs of the American people. Parker organized every technique and movement into a format that could be broken down into levels for all students and renamed it "American Kenpo Karate." When Mr. Parker moved to Provo, Utah to attend Brigham Young University, he opened his first studio.
 
        After graduating in 1956 with a B.S. in Psychology and Sociology, Parker moved to California, opened his second school and founded the International Kenpo Karate Association. By 1964, when he held his first tournament, Parker had become a household name in Hollywood, teaching his art to the likes of Elvis Presley and Steve McQueen. Mr. Parker passed away in 1990, at the age of 59, in Honolulu.*

*Taken from:
www.austinkenpokarate.com



Grandmaster Richard "Huk" Planas
  
    Mr. Planas began his Kenpo training in Fresno, California in the late sixties under Steve Labounty and Tom Kelly.  He moved to Texas to help Tom Kelly open a school in El Paso in 1969 and then moved to Pasadena, California, to go to work for Ed Parker as a Brown Belt.

    He received his Black Belt and all subsequent rank through Ed Parker up to Seventh Degree; the highest non-honorary, non-political rank given by Parker in 1985.  He became the Manager of the Pasadena school for several years, as well as the Executive Vice President of the International Kenpo Karate Association for the last ten years Ed Parker lived.  Throughout this time, Mr. Planas was also instrumental in the development of the original manuals.

    
After Parker's passing other associations were formed, one of which promoted Mr. Planas to Eighth Degree in 1991.  Then in 1995 several associations joined together to promote him to Ninth Degree Black.

 

    Though his expertise is mainly in Kenpo he has studied many other arts, including; Judo, Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Shotokan, and Silat.

 

    Today, Mr. Planas draws a crowd, teaching seminars all throughout the United States, including; Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington, and others.  There is also a great demand for his expertise internationally, which has taken Mr. Planas to Argentina, Canada, Cayman Isles, Chile, England, Denmark, Greece, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy, Jersey Channel Islands, Patagonia, Spain, and Sweden. Known as the "Instructor`s Instructor," Mr. Planas teaches the "whys" of Kenpo, not just the "hows" based on the rules and principals of motion.*

*Taken from: www.parkerplanaslineage.com



Senior Instructor David Calhoun   


    Mr. Calhoun has been training in the martial arts since 1979. He holds a 5th Degree Black Belt under Master Instructor Richard "Huk" Planas. Mr. Calhoun is passionate about the art of Kenpo and about passing his knowledge on to his students. Since 1996, Mr. Calhoun has owned and operated "The Karate School," in Lemoore, CA.

*Taken from: www.karateconfidence.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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640 E Main St, Suite D
Grass Valley, CA
(530) 271-KICK
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