"A black belt is a white belt who never gave up"
"Slow to learn, slow to forget"
"The person who knows "how" will always be the student,
but the person who knows "why" will continue to be the instructor"
"To hear is to doubt, to see is to be deceived, but to feel is to beleive"
"Train knowing that the right thoughts and the right efforts
inevitably bring about the right results"
"There are no pure styles of karate.
Purity comes only when pure knuckles meet pure flesh"
"In every offense there is a defence, and in every defence there is an offense"
"Guts are the anaesthesia that deaden the pain of fear"
"Sophistication is no more than simplicity compounded"
"Fear no man, but respect all"
"Train hard, train regularly, train intelligently and make no excuses"
"He who hesitates, meditates in a horizontal position"
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall"
"Someone who aims at nothing is sure to hit it"
Although Shaolin Kempo techniques date back many thousands of years, modern Kenpo Karate’s history (as it is taught today) begins in 1954, When the late GrandMaster Ed PARKER began teaching the style in the USA.
Ed PARKER grew up in Hawaii and began learning Kenpo from local Masters such as William CHOW and James MITOSE. He moved to mainland USA to study at University and at the same time opened his first training hall in California. He immediately recognised that the traditional art that he had been taught needed to be developed to deal with modern day fighting situations. He discarded all traditional methods that were not realistic for street fighting or real life attacks, and added his own applications, concepts and theories that were unique to karate at that time.
Today, Ed PARKER is recognised as the Father of American Karate and his art is popular throughout the world. It is characterised by the use of quick moves in rapid-fire succession. These rapid-fire techniques serve two purposes: Firstly, they may overwhelm the attacker, and secondly, it teaches the practitioner that fast follow up strikes are needed in case the first are not successful.
Kenpo Karate's non-traditional focus makes it an ideal art for Westerners to learn.