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Who's Who -> Biography: Richard "Huk" Planas (10th Degree Black Belt)

About Richard "Huk" Planas
Mr. Planas began his training in Kenpo in Fresno, Ca. in the late sixties under Steve Labounty and Tom Kelly. He moved to Texas to Help Tom Kelly open a school in El Paso in 1969 and then moved to Pasadena, California to go to work for Ed Parker as a Brown Belt. He received his Black Belt and all subsequent rank through Ed Parker up to Seventh Degree, the highest non-honorary, non-political rank given by Parker in 1985. He became the Manager of the Pasadena school for several years as well as the E.V.P. of the I.K.K.A. for the last ten years Parker lived.

After Parkers passing other associations were formed, one of which Promoted Planas to Eighth degree in 1991 and in 1995 several associations joined together to promote him to 9th Black. Though his expertise is mainly in Kenpo he has studied many other arts including Judo, Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Shotokan, Silat and the Filipino arts of his heritage being half Filipino.

Mr. Planas was featured in Black Belt magazine in an article in January, 1992, titled “Who is the rightful heir to Ed Parkers Kenpo?” and in September 1997 in an article on Kenpo Rules of Motion, In addition he as included in Ed Parkers Infinite Insights Into Kenpo, Vol. One in the part about working with Mitose and worked with Parker on the book - Ed Parkers Guide to the Nunchaku done in 1975.

Mr. Planas draws a crowd, teaching seminars in numerous places including California, Texas, Conn., Kentucky, Florida, Illinois, Alaska, Arizona, Washington, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Utah, Cayman Isles, Georgia, Guatemala, Ireland and others. Known as an"Instructor`s Instructor," Huk Planas teaches the "whys" of Kenpo, not just the "hows" based on the rules and principals of motion. Not only do school owners have him come to their schools, many often travel to train with him in New Orleans for everything from private lessons to extended training. Seminar material is easily tailored to your wants or needs since Mr. Planas can teach a variety of subjects. Seminar Packages include private training for the sponsoring instructor.


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