Friday, August 7, 2020

Classic karate tournament programs

Programs from the first 10 years of the International Karate Championships

(recently posted on Facebook by Mr. Ed Parker Jr.)

Ed Parker Sr. hosted a few karate tournaments in Hawaii.
Here are two programs from 1968 and 1969.

He also co-hosted the California Karate Championships with Ralph Castro.
Here are 3 programs from that era.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Was Mr. Parker a genius?

(from a recent conversation on Facebook)

I appreciate his lifelong work, his genius in regard to the documentation of his system and him taking the time to share that knowledge. Mr. Parker was an exceptional individual who had a photographic memory, a detailed and trained power of observation, a continual open mind and open heart. Rare qualities in many. 

He was one of the greatest inspirations to me to keep an open mind, to learn from many sources, not just in kenpo but other arts as well. Simply stated, I consider him one of the greatest martial arts minds of the 20th century. 

But the last thing he would ever want was for people to deify him. His own religious upbringing would not let him stand for it. But his accomplishments, like those great geniuses and masters of many various arts stand the test of time. 

In 1988, I was with Mr. Parker at a seminar in New Bedford, Massachusetts and I said to him at one point, "Mr. Parker, you are a genius." 

He responded with, "I don't know about that Joseph." 

I said, "Why not Sir?' 

Mr. Parker replied, "Joseph, most geniuses are crazy!" - Mr. Joe Rebelo 

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Dick Dale - surf rock and kenpo


Dick’s ride at the top was cut short by a trio of unfortunate circumstances. The British Invasion cut into surf music sales. Dale had a falling out with his father and manager of many years. And in 1966, he was diagnosed with rectal cancer. Recovering from a surgery he later described as “Neanderthal,” Dale retreated to Hawaii, half expecting to die there.

Instead he found a new way of life. He hooked up with Ed Parker, founder of the American Kenpo school of martial arts and a personal trainer to Elvis Presley. The Kenpo exercises and physical discipline helped nurse Dale back to health. And the school’s underlying philosophy gave Dale a fresh outlook on life and on his art.

(for full article follow the link)

(here is a pretty cool interview with Dick Dale)

Friday, July 10, 2020

Ultimate Kempo: The Spirit and Technique of Kosho Ryu

A Study in Movement, Motion and Balance for Effective Self-Defense by Jeff Driscoll

Kempo, also known as Kenpo, is a classic and effective system of self-defense.

A Japanese martial art that teaches you how to avoid physical confrontations, the primary focus of Kempo, or "Fist Law" is not to inflict harm, but to manipulate the balance and structure of your opponent for optimal results. It teaches you how to avoid conflict through an understanding of Kosho Ryu's unique mental discipline and philosophy developed by the thirteenth-century Japanese Buddhist priest, Kosho Bosatsu.

With hundreds of photographs of kempo techniques and an accompanying DVD, this Kempo book gives you systematic guidance for maximum effectiveness in the striking, throwing, and locking arts. Practical in its application, powerful in its philosophy, Ultimate Kempo is a martial arts foundation that any practitioner can use to hone their skills. Chapters include:
  • What is Kosho Shorei Ryu Kempo?
  • What is the Martial Way?
  • Concepts of Study
  • Escaping
  • Joint Locking
  • Throwing
  • Striking
  • Pressure Points
(Available for purchase on various book selling websites)