Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Moving in the right direction

“To forget one’s ancestor’s is to be a brook without a source, a tree without root.”

From the official Ed Parker Sr. Kenpo Karate website;

Since the launch of our new website on March 19, 2015, conversations have taken place among Kenpo practitioners around the world. We are aware that some do not understand our intentions and, therefore, misinterpret the goals and direction of Kam IV. Over the past 24 years, since the passing of our father, some practitioners who teach his art have altered it or watered it down, yet they use his logos, his name and his system to advance their schools. Some have been promoted to the same rank as the Senior Grandmaster with no criteria for advancement. People have reprinted information from his copyrighted books and manuals for their own financial gain. Unfortunately over time, the integrity of Ed Parker’s Kenpo Karate has been tarnished. It is no wonder that new students are confused when they look for a reputable instructor.

We reiterate the purpose of our involvement, to protect the integrity of our father’s work. Those who have been true to the system for many years, with the right intentions, understand that obtaining an official license allows them to use specific Intellectual Property because they demonstrate a commitment to the integrity of the art. Those who do not fall into this category will not pass the screening by the Black Belt Board or the consultants and will not qualify for a licensing agreement. The process of cleaning things up is difficult, but we believe it is long overdue.

The goal of licensing is not a request for retroactive compensation, it is for the continued use of our father’s name and system. The cost of licensing is minimal and provides substantial benefits to the studio owner. By renewing all trademarks, copyrights, patents, etc. it allows Kam IV to put things back on the right path. There is no other way to stop the widespread degradation without this process. We are confident that we are moving in the right direction and we hope that those who understand our mission will support us in our efforts.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Mr. Nick Cerio and Professor Chow

(from Z-Ultimate's Facebook page, 11-7-17)

We celebrated the memory of the late Professor Nicholas Cerio’s life, on the 19th anniversary of his passing, October 7, 1998.

Professor Cerio is responsible fo...r evolving Kenpo/Kempo and is revered as an icon of the Martial Arts system. He is recognized for his lifetime dedication to learning, promoting and expanding the Kenpo system throughout the New England states.

Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios and the Kenpo Lineage Association, honors the legacy of the late Professor and is dedicated to keeping the memory of his lineage alive.

History of Professor Cerio in the Martial Arts:

 After receiving his Black Belt in Rhode Island in the early 1960’s, Nick Cerio was introduced to Professor William Chow by his senior student William Chun.

 Cerio would visit and live with Professor Chow for weeks at a time during his training with “Thunderbolt”. He often mentioned that his training had a profound influence on the development of Nick Cerio’s Kenpo system.

 For several decades, Cerio trained with many notable instructors and received numerous Black Belt degrees in different systems, most notable was his 9th Degree in Kenpo Karate by Ed Parker, 8th Degree Black Belt by Gan Fon Chin in Sil Lum Kung Fu, 5th Degree Black Belt in Okinawan Weapons by Tadashi Yamashta and 5th Degree Black Belt by Professor William Chow.

 He founded Nick Cerio’s Kenpo and Nick Cerio’s International Martial Arts Association (NCIMAA) in 1988 and concentrated on the development of Kenpo throughout New England.

 Cerio was given the designation of “Professor” by Soke Thomas H. Burdine of the World Counsel of Sokes in 1989, at that time Professor Cerio was designated as a 10th Degree Black Belt in Kenpo.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Paxtial Arts: A Contrast in Motion

(by Robert Cutrell Tae Kwon Do Times magazine January 2014

"The Warriors of old [like Chuang Tzu] many times found solace away from the perils of battle in the arts of writing, music and painting. In order to establish balance in their lives and escape the emotional challenges faced in confrontation, they sought to find, "Clarity of the Spirit" in the point of an ink quill or the stroke of a brush.

One such modern warrior is Ed Parker Jr., son of Ed Parker Sr., the Grandmaster of American Kenpo Karate. Though he could find himself tethered by the restraints of expectations of his lineage, and the experiences of his youth where he found himself surrounded by the legends of the arts on a daily basis, Ed Parker has found his Clarity of Spirit through his painting and his [non-combative self defense art], The Paxtial Arts."

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018

Birthday tribute to Mr. Parker

(from the Ed Parker Sr. Facebook page)
Happy Birthday to our Dad, Grandpa and Great-Grandpa Edmund Kealoha Parker Sr.

March 19, 1931 - December 15, 1990

“It has been said that man’s purpose on earth is to live, to love, to learn and to leave a legacy. Edmund Kealoha Parker did live, love, learn and leave a legacy — a legacy that we may enjoy for generations to come. In life, he gave his best, earning his bread by the sweat of his brow. He lived a clean wholesome life, giving honor to his heritage and praise to his... parents. He lived a life of humility. He was a light that shone in dark places — lifting others to higher ground. He lived to lighten the burdens of others, seeking his neighbor’s welfare. He endured well as he went through life — not around it. Never side stepping his responsibilities nor abusing his authority. The Tiger was seen, yet the Dragon prevailed.

He loved his family, his fellowman and friends. His capacity to make others feel good about themselves, as well as important to him was his greatest talent. He took his talent to love and circumscribed his life‘s work into one great whole. For without his talent to love, he would have been nothing... - Leilani Parker

(Memories of Ed Parker by Leilani Parker —page 181) link to purchase here:

Sunday, March 18, 2018

John La Tourrette's thoughts on the situation

(from John La Tourette's Facebook page, 3-8-18)

What do I think of this? Not much. There is literally NOTHING they can do. Ed actually gave away those "rights" back in the 80's. And Ed lost a law-suit with his #1 student (LT) back in the 80's over the same "reason".

 They also are a totally DIFFERENT organization from Ed...and are attempting to use THREATS for their own purposes.

 Here's why!

 I dropped out of the Parker organization back in 1986 because of Ed's wife.

 I did like and appreciate Ed for those 10 years...but I'd been with the Tracy's first...and co-managed a couple of studios for them back in 73.

 I got into Kenpo after being in other martial arts for 23 years...holding black belts in many different systems.

 I'm not that unusual. Many folks had already done Judo, Juijitsu, Taekwon-do, shotokan, blab, blab, blab before they got into any of the derivatives of Kenpo under the Mitoshi, Thunderbolt Chow, Emperado, Parker linage.

 And Ed BORROWED very heavily from many Chinese Stylists back in the late 50's and early 60's.

 Some say that Ed even was very unethical and stole copyrighted materials from James Wing Woo, for his book on Secrets of Chinese Karate.

 Woo was actually living at Ed's home with Ed's family and teaching all of Ed's Advanced Kenpo Students when that happened.

 The Ed Parker system that Ed finally came up with at his death in 1990 was much different than the Kenpo I studied much earlier.

  As Ed pointed out, only 10-15% of his system was still the original Kenpo as taught to him by Professor Chow. What Ed never mentions is that ALL OF HIS FIRST book, "Kenpo Karate" was the teachings of William Chow.

 Historical Background: Al Tracy was the only person alive who was there when all Katas were introduced into Kenpo (with the exception of Nihanchi 1-2).

 Al knew where all the bodies were buried.

 Order Chinese Sets (Katas) were Introduced Into Kenpo

1. Nihanchi 1-2 - James Mitose - 1937
2. Finger Set - First Kata/Set created by Ed Parker - 1959 (also moving finger-set variations)
3.Two Person Set (two-man black belt set) - James Lee - 1959-60
4. Panther Set (Book Set) - Bunji - James Woo
The nickname "Book Set" comes from the fact it was meant to be the Kata featured in Ed Parker's Book, Secrets of Chinese Karate. Because of problems developed between Ed and James Wing Woo* (the man who had been helping with the book) this set was removed from the book and replaced with "The Two Person Set".
5. Five Section Punching Set - James Woo
6. Eighteen Section Punching Set - James Woo
7. Tam Tui - James Woo
8. 2 Man Tam Tui - James Woo
9. Tai Chi - Yang Style - James Woo
10. Tiger and Crane - James Woo

 After the above Chinese Sets (Katas) were introduced into Kenpo the following Katas were created for Kenpo, using many theories and movements from these classic Chinese Forms or Sets.

 1. Short #1 (4 Shields) - 10 Pattern Kata - Woo & Parker
2. Short #2 (Cat Set) - Star Pattern
3. Short #3 (Single Escape set)
4. Black Belt Set
Historical Note: The above 4 Katas were the original and first Kata requirements for "Black Belt"
5. Long #1 (Shield and Mace)
6. Long #2 (Continuous Set)
7. Long #3 (Double Escape Set)

All the techniques in this Kata are defenses against grab attacks (chokes, wrist grabs, waist grabs, etc.) This Kata marks the transition into the format of the advanced Kenpo Katas that will follow, as from this point on most of the Katas will require the techniques to be done on both sides. It is by far the most difficult Kata up to this point (as it precedes Tiger & Crane).

8. Long #4 (Definitive Set)

This is "The Classic Kenpo Kata". Comprised of 20 sections of self-defense techniques and basics, it takes between 2 minutes and 30 seconds to 3 minutes to perform. It is Ed Parker's masterpiece—developed in the early 1960's. If you perfect* only one Kenpo Kata, let it be this one.

The Kata is always taught the same, but each student will have a slightly different interpretation. This is the way it should be in Chinese Sets or Katas.

 9. Staff Set (#3 Staff Set or Chinese Staff) - Created by Chuck Sullivan
10. Long #5 (Takedown or Transition Set)
11. Long #6 (Weapons Set) - There are several versions of Long #6
Historical Note: Ed Parker created Long #5 and Long #6 in the mid 1960's—after Ed Parker and James Woo went their own separate ways. Ed Parker would not create any more Katas for almost 20 years until he created #7 and #8.
12. Long #7 (Advancing Set)
13. Long #8 (The Twin Set)

Origins of the Weapon Sets And Other Chinese Sets in Kenpo

 Since Kenpo lacked any weapons forms Al Tracy spent over 30 years studying with many different Chinese Masters to enable him to add practical Weapon Sets, as well as a few other major Chinese hand sets, to the Tracy System of Kenpo.

Historical Note: When the Tracy brothers first started Kenpo (1957) there was a complete lack of any real history of the origins of the art of Kenpo. As it turned out our heritage came from the Japanese Yoshida Clan and the Kenpo art was based upon the "RENZI" sect of "ZEN BUDDHISM"—which was a self-defense system that DID NOT ALLOW THE USE OF ANY WEAPONS.
1. Japanese Sword Set - 1964-65
2. Chinese Sword Set - 1964-65
3. Wong Family Hand Set (Shaolin Hand Set) - Wai Lydia Wong
4. Dark Room Staff (#1 Staff Set) - Doi Wai
5. Skylight Staff (#2 Staff Set) - Doi Wai
6. Skylight Spear - Doi Wai
7. Chinese Set - Master Houng
8. Little Tiger - Doi Wai
9. Butterfly Knives (3 Sets)- Doi Wai
The first, Butterfly Wings, is the introductory set. Basic Butterfly is the most practical and Iron Butterfly is the most difficult.

 I personally think that Chuck Sullivan knew in advanced there would be "problems", so as most wise men do, he took care of the problems BEFORE they arose.

 The International Karate Connection Association serves as a central point of camaraderie, standardization and documentation for those studying and teaching the Karate Connection system of Chinese Kenpo.

 The International Karate Connection Association was chartered in 1990. You’ll find in reading the IKCA bylaws that you may use Karate Connection Kenpo in any manner you wish and to what ever degree fits your teaching philosophy.


It was 1980 that things looked up again. Vic LeRoux, who had been a student of mine from the time he was fourteen years old and later a co-worker and fellow instructor at Mr. Parker’s West L.A. school, came to me and said he’d like to get the “Old Gang” back together and open a dojo on his side of town.

I told him he’d never get the “Old Gang” back together but chances are he’d create a “New Gang”.

He asked me to be the Head Instructor. It felt good to have a steady thing instead of just an occasional get together with old friends. And I was right about the Old and New Gangs. But the New Gang of the Karate Connection School is now the Old Gang and the Old Gang from the Crenshaw school is now the Over the Hill Gang. If that’s too hard to follow, don’t worry about it. It just means we’re all getting old.

When Vic was about to open the Karate Connection I asked him exactly what it was he intended to teach. He said, “The whole thing, all the techniques I taught at the West L.A. school.” I told him it was too much.

Then I asked him if he had ever taught anyone all of that material. He said, “Practically none, nobody ever stayed long enough.” I asked if that didn’t give him some sort of clue, maybe something was wrong.

I told him how, in the early days there weren’t but a handful of techniques, so we concentrated on the basics. And the guys of that time were some of the finest practitioners of the Art I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with and learn from. They were focused, the system was lean and the Old Man wouldn’t allow anyone to advance without impeccable basics.

Kenpo techniques have always been and still remain, the most fascinating part of the Art. It isn’t hard to understand why techniques won favor over strong hard

 basics and it was my observation that the instructors doing the actual teaching wanted still more.Their appetites seemed insatiable. The basics were still there but they seemed to be gotten through as quickly as possible in order to get to those “Fabulous Kenpo Techniques”

As the demand for techniques grew so did Mr. Parker’s ability to create them. He once told me that with the number of basic moves he had to work with, the number of combinations was virtually limitless. The only problem is, not all the combinations are worth putting together. Some things just
don’t blend and flow.

If it doesn’t work don’t do it!

I told Vic, if I was to act as the Head Instructor we were going to have to go back to basics and cut down the number of techniques taught up to black belt. My feeling was and still is, when a student got his or her black belt they could go and learn all the techniques they wanted from wherever they might choose. But we weren’t going to turn out black belts who didn’t have the strongest basics we could give them.

The sum total of the Art is in the basics.

 There’s never been a great practitioner in any style or system who didn’t have great basics. Can’t be done..."


(follow up post on March 10th)

To me it seems simple.

 Just do NOT violate the Lanham Act. Do NOT use their intellectual-properties.

 And if you go into business competition with someone that is paying their monthly-dues to wear the Parker Patch...and you ARE NOT paying monthly-dues, then DO NOT wear their patch or put up their emblems, or use their intellectual-properties.

 Instead use your OWN IMPROVED VERSIONS...that you have researched and developed from many other systems.

 Making sense?

 Really seems simple to me.

 In fact Ed had the same problem with William Thunderbolt Chow. Chow wanted to be paid by Ed for the use of his (Chow's) materials.

 Ed responded with...“Should I send money to my college professors, too?”

So Ed and Chow had a "falling-out" because Ed would not pay money to Chow.

 Teaching body motion CANNOT be trademarked or copyrighted. It’s been tried since the 70s and failed.

 What they are asking for is for those using the Intellectual Properties (IP) to be licensed to do so.

 So, just do NOT use those intellectual properties.

 Chuck Sullivan figured that out back in 1981. I figured it out back in 1986. Al Tracy figured it out back in 1964...and again in 1990.


 Dr. John La Tourrette

Friday, March 16, 2018

Z Ultimate Tiger Seminar

(from the official Z Ultimate Facebook page)

On Saturday, February 3rd, 7th Degree Black Belt Master Will Clark will be teaching a FREE TIGER SEMINAR at our Thousand Oaks Studio!! This FREE Seminar will be for both our active and former students of Z-Ultimate, so please reserve your spot online or call the studio direct and speak to Master Eszlinger, Sensei Jonny, or Sensei Cass.

Master Clark has agreed to teach three (3) seminars to ensur...e more students can attend and share in the excitement of the day!!
This FREE TIGER SEMINAR is just one way we of Z want to "GIVE BACK", not only to our valued family of students, but also to the children of MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION. 

As encouragement and practice for all of us to pay our good fortune forward, we will be accepting donations of any amount to help these children with life threatening medical conditions make their wishes and dreams come true.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The patch

"Some people are not aware that Mr. Parker could sew and more than once he would sew patches on our fighters (gi) before they competed." - Mr. Bob White

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Mr. Robert Perry

(from Mr. Bob White's Facebook page, February 28th, 2018)

Bob Perry R.I.P. “The Voice of the Internationals” Mr Perry owned the Ed Parker school in Garden Grove, Ca. He hired me to start teaching in 1968 and helped me learn the tools to do this as a career ever since. Very grateful to him.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

United Studios of Self Defense student manual

I like the idea of giving your students a manual to read and study. I can see where it would keep a student interested during the week and get them excited to come in for their next class.