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The Kenpo Police

The Kenpo Police

Have you ever been so passionate about something, you were willing to argue with strangers online about it? Most of us have, or at least thought very hard about it. In the Kenpo karate community, those who like to do (maybe initiate?) the arguing are akin to the Kenpo “Police.” They believe it’s their job to point out what’s right or wrong and how all-things-Kenpo should be. For example, a few months back, someone posted a video … Read entire article »

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Kids as Role Models

Kids as Role Models

We’ve just about grown our school to the point where we need a kids class separate from the adult class. (Right now they’re mixed by rank instead.) So after talking the would-be schedule over with some of the parents, we were decided on a course of action. We are going to create a kids class for ages 5 to 9-ish. After a recent class, I was speaking with two of the kids who will be … Read entire article »

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Thank you Mr. Parker

Thank you Mr. Parker

December 15 is a special day in the Kenpo karate community. On that day in 1990 Senior Grandmaster Ed Parker, founder of American Kenpo, passed away. He could be (is) considered one of the fathers are American martial arts. His contribution to the modern karate community is unquestioned. Never having the pleasure to meet Mr. Parker, I soak up the stories from those who did have a chance to know and train with him like a sponge. By … Read entire article »

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Kenpo can be a Vessel to Leadership

After a recent sparring class at our school in which Mr. Damian Wilson was a guest participant, he and I began discussing the progression of various aged students. As is often the case for us, the conversation turned to the philosophy of Kenpo and teaching it. Mr. Wilson really threw me for a loop when he said he was actually teaching leadership and Kenpo was the vessel he was using to do so. All of the … Read entire article »

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What can Spider-Man teach us about Kenpo?

What can Spider-Man teach us about Kenpo?

One of the first things beginners learn upon starting Kenpo is the creed. A particular statement sets up a recurring theme found in the future belt pledges. “Should I be forced to defend myself, my principles, or my honor . . .” It continues in the orange belt pledge: “which will direct me to greater obligations and responsibilities . . to serve my instructor, fellow students, and fellow man.” In the purple belt pledge: “shall … Read entire article »

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Why do we bow when getting on the mat?

Each time any student or instructor goes on or off the mat they bow their head. I’ve seen it done at every martial arts school, and it’s done whether you’re getting on the mat to work or just crossing to the other side. The head bow is a tradition across schools and styles. But why do we bow our heads? Well, let’s start with what it’s not. It has nothing to do with any kind of Eastern … Read entire article »

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