Kempo – Kenpo Karate

Legacy of Professor William Kwai Sun Chow

August 19, 20130 Comments

Professor William Kwai Sun “Thunderbolt” Chow, 1914 – 1987, was the creator of Chinese Kempo Karate. Professor Chow was known as the “Thunderbolt” by his peers because of his fierce fighting ability and the lightning fast and powerful techniques. Professor’s Kempo Karate drew on influences from several systems including: Karate (Japanese Karate), Kempo (Okinawan Karate), […]

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American Kenpo – In Ed Parker’s Own Words

December 27, 20120 Comments

Ed Parker introduced the first American version of Karate to the United States, and started a commercial school in 1954. He called this art American Kenpo Karate. American Kenpo was created to make the traditional martial arts movements more practical and current (to the type of attacks seen in a more modern environment). As a […]

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1964 International Karate Championships

December 22, 20120 Comments

The International Karate Championships, or the IKC, was the brainchild of Ed Parker – the founder of American Kenpo Karate. The inaugural event was in August of 1964 at the Long Beach Auditorium with thousands of spectators and over 850 contenders competing in various events. In addition, this event was attended by martial arts luminaries […]

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Kajukenbo Techniques & Principles

December 19, 20121 Comment

Is Kajukenbo the first mixed martial arts (MMA)? Kajukenbo is a modern eclectic system developed in Hawaii. It was founded in 1949 and could be considered the first “mixed martial arts”. The art of Kajukenbo was developed out of 4 primary systems (and some minor systems): Korean Karate – Ka Judo / Jujutsu – Ju […]

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