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Four Demonstrations That Changed Kenpo

American Kenpo has its roots in the Kenpo Karate or True Kenpo; and, although Ed Parker originally taught True Kenpo Karate in Pasadena beginning in 1956, it is so different from American Kenpo as to make it only a distant relative of True Kenpo. In the 20 years since Ed Parker died on December in 1990, American Kenpo has devolved to such a state, that with few exceptions, it would be unrecognizable by Ed Parker. With the advent of the Internet, those claiming to teach American Kenpo have made it the lies upon which they agree. Thus American Kenpo for the most part has become a system of dishonesty, where rank is created by those who had neither rank nor knowledge.

A good example of this are those who claimed that Ed Parker never learned Judo. When confronted with Ed Parker's own statement in Infinite Insights into Kenpo : Mental Stimulation Delsby Publications 1982 (p. 23) that he had "learned Judo" they quickly flipped and claimed that Ed Parker knew Judo, but it was never a part of what Ed Parker taught. They also claimed that Ed Parker never boxed, dispite Ed Parkers own statement in Mental Stimulation p.23 that he did box.

When Will Tracy posted a copy of the Brigham Young University 1956 Banyan (yearbook) page 242 that has Ed Parker as a member of the BYU Judo team, Mills Crenshaw, who trained with Ed Parker at BYU for about 4 months in 1956, claimed that Ed Parker never mingled Judo with Kenpo.

That of course is contradicted by what Ed Parker told Joe Hyams, in a January 13, 1957 Los Angeles Examiner article, which stated, "It combines Judo, Jiu Jitsu, boxing, some wrestling and much of the rough and tumble of street fighting." And that of course sounds a very much like Kajukenbo in which Ed Parker first trained under Sonny Emperado for a short time before taking up Kenpo Karate with Professor Chow in 1952.

While American Kenpo has made many changes from True Kenpo, there were four demonstrations that changed Kenpo and set the stage for Ed Parker creating American Kenpo:

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4 Demonstrations
That Changed Kenpo

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  1. BYU December 1955
  2. January 1957
  3. August 1963
  4. August 1964