About American Kenpo Karate

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

Ed Parker was the "Founder of American Kenpo". Through 40 years of experience, he built his system on principles of motion that included “Opposite and Reverse Motion”, Tailoring”, “Focus” and the use of Logic. Ed Parker’s system incorporates linear and circular motion, with intermittent spurts of speed and power when and where necessary, with both major and minor moves. His idea was to learn motion and principles and then tailor it to fit the student’s body.

American Kenpo is a fascinating art that is designed to be tailored to each individual. Therefore, anyone can do it. It doesn’t matter if you are four or eighty four years old, forty pounds or four hundred forty pounds, three foot or eight foot, male or female—you can do it. It is a mesmerizing art that speaks for itself when you watch a seasoned Kenpo practitioner move.

American Kenpo is a street devastating system that can also be very effective in a tournament setting. It works off of a multiple striking theory that incorporates both circles and lines. Therefore, it is a mixture of soft and hard movements, giving you the ultimate benefit of adapting to any given situation. It focuses on defenses from all ranges and a multitude of common street attacks. It is a constant flow of motion created to overwhelm any attacker. Kenpo is known for its explosive speed and power. Since it is based on practical application of self-defense techniques, it is designed to work. In a physical street confrontation it is very critical to dispense of the attacker as quickly as possible. In order to achieve this, you need a martial art that is, not only, fast and powerful, but one that offers effective self-defense techniques as well—American Kenpo does just that.

Kenpo works off of what nature has already taught you. Nature has taught you to protect yourself. Therefore, Kenpo is based off of natural motion—motion that you use in your everyday life. Many systems teach you to go against what nature has programmed into you, making it very difficult to be successful in self-defense. In short, no matter what height, weight or body dimensions he or she may have. The art is fit to the individual, which is something few-if any-other arts can claim. The system adapts to the student creating great fighters who are highly skilled in self-defense, and it’s difficult to imagine a martial art that could offer anything more.