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,
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
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
After graduating in 1956 with a B.S. in Psychology and Sociology, Parker moved to
*Taken from: www.austinkenpokarate.com
Grandmaster Richard "Huk" Planas
Mr. Planas began his Kenpo training in
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
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
Associate Professor David Calhoun
Sifu Calhoun is a Fifth Degree Black Belt in the system of Kenpo Karate. He has been studying the martial arts for over 30 years and has owned and operated The Karate School in Lemoore, California since 1996. He is a deputy for the Kings County Sherriff’s Office where he teaches weaponless self-defense, Impact weapons, and is a TASER instructor. Sifu Calhoun is Mr. and Mrs. Garcia’s Kenpo instructor.*
*Taken from: www.karateconfidence.net