True Parker?
By fnorfurfoot - Sun, 25 Feb 2007 19:16:30 GMT


My background in kenpo is mostly based on Shaolin Kempo but my instructor threw in a number of Parker techniques over the years. But he limited my Parker knowledge with only techniques that he felt were worth learning. I have taken it upon myself to learn the rest of the system as far as the techniques are concerned. Unfortunately, the closest Parker school in my area (that I'm aware of) is in Revere MA and since I'm married, with kids, and running a program of my own, I don't have the time to travel the hour and a half to learn from them.

So I am left with learning from books and videos, and yes, I know that that is not the ideal way to learn a system but it's all I have right now.

The two main sources of information I have are Jody Sasaki's video series and a collection of manuals written by Kevin and Eric Lamkin. I have copies of videos that go along with the manuals. I was wondering if anyone has read these manuals and if they would be considered true Parker. I have noticed that there are a lot of variations in the way the techniques are performed between Sasaki's tapes and the books. What I find myself doing is taking bits and pieces from both sources and mixing in my own kenpo concepts into the techniques.

I know that there is an electronic manual available from a Mr. Hale that is discussed on another thread. Should I invest in this or are the manuals that I have close enough to the true thing?


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