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GM Ed Parker Quote – Create!

August 24, 20130 Comments

Quote by Grandmaster Ed Parker, the founder and creator of American Kenpo Karate: “Traditionalists often study what is taught, not what there is to create.” Ed Parker was a pioneer in spreading Karate, and introducing other martial arts and martial arts masters (including the likes of Bruce Lee) to the American audience. GM Parker was […]

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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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