Friday, April 2, 2021
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Monday, March 22, 2021
Friday, March 19, 2021
“Most of all he has left us with a legacy— a gift of great worth, his works and his words. For that which he learned, he left for all those to see and hear. To those who look at that which he created, he quietly whispers “look and see “. To those who hear, “listen and hear.” For his legacy is a pearl of great value. He was a root in dry ground that sprang forth, budded, blossomed and bore good fruit. The magic of his motion is that he lives in each of his students — In greater or lesser measure. The fruit of his labors are scattered to the four winds across the earth. Some have learned here a little and there a little. Others have drunk deeply at his well. Some feast and are nourished and sustained by what he freely received and freely gave. He thought and encouraged us to do likewise. He acted, admonishing us to do the same. He organized every needful principal for his instructors and students to succeed in a wheat and tares world where it’s not who’s right, but who’s left that seems to count. He left us with the right directions. In an ever-changing environment, he gave us the compass to guide our actions. He sought and found, knocked on the door of knowledge, asked and was told. The legacy he leaves is the path well traveled by the pioneer who dared to believe. dared to question, dared to act rather than be acted upon. With the key to the largest room in the world, the room for improvement, Ed began the journey of his life to fill the measure of his creation. Today there are many thousands of American Kenpo black belts scattered abroad. Since his passing, some have felt to find new pastures, others have come out in open rebellion. Still others are driven by every wind of change and tossed - while a goodly number are still true. The legacy lives in each lesson shared, each form performed, each quote recited, each story told, each technique taught, each memory mentioned and each patch placed on a beginners gi (uniform)” - Memories of Ed Parker by Leilani Parker.
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Saturday, March 6, 2021
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Sunday, February 21, 2021
(from the USSD Facebook page)
Many of us have heard the saying 'A black belt is just a white belt that never gave up.' Although there is some truth to this, like many things, it's not that simple. There's no shortcut to black belt. Inevitably, you will need to put in your time. For some, it's four or five years. For others, it could take more than ten. But if simply 'showing up' was all that was needed to achieve black belt, would it really garner that much respect? So then, there must be some other ingredient that outweighs time served. Skill. Skill is never created equal and unlike time, it can only be accessed through critical thinking and direct application. You can't 'wait out' skill. Unlike time, skill is gained through mileage in the uncomfortable. Skill is about stepping into the unknown, failing, and overcoming the challenge in front of you. In fact, it's doing that hundreds if not thousands of times. Skill is what separates those who simply show up from those who push their limits. To be the true black belt, you must never settle for just okay. The mindset of the black belt is to constantly avoid the proverbial comfort zone of predictability.
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Monday, February 1, 2021
Friday, January 29, 2021
Saturday, January 23, 2021
(posted by Mr. Ron Chapel on Facebook back in February 2019)
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Sunday, January 10, 2021
(a Facebook post from a few months back by Mr. Tatum)
Does another system of kenpo have within its learning cycle, Category competition, reverse, and forward motion of each technique on all planes of motion?Does the system have Opposites of every basic and category?
Are all types of attacks brought into the system from all known angels of attack?
Does the system carry every emotional content with its teachings so the student can develop a moral compass that governs his or her action in response to an attack?
Is the other system built around the eight considerations of combat?
Does the other system teach the rearrangement concept to free the the student to blend with encounters?
Does another system omit techniques that might be of value to another?
Does another system have an alphabet of motion built within the system and a dictionary with a concise description of each word or phrase to describe an action, concept, or principle of motion, by which we can scientifically communicate to each other?
Does another system carry a genetic code within each technique and form that creates a kenpo continuum?
Does another system have a template (Universal Pattern) to sift knowledge through for answers to in-depth questions related to the Art which can also be used as a learning tool for the new student but complex enough for the advanced?
Does another system have all related academics courses so it could be taught at the university level, ie: science,math,geometry,calculus,trigonometry,sociology,psychology, Kinesiology,human physiology?
Could another system be taught at an Associate degree, Bachelors's degree, master's degree, and Ph.D.?
In short, all related subjects are built within Art.