Ed Parker Sr. Memories
SGM Parker Unreleased Encyclopedia Of Kenpo Notes - Student Contributions - Part I

Here was Howard Silva's contribution that my father found value in.
1. Rules are made to be broken, but if broken on a constant basis, it
becomes habit. (In my mind I have concluded that if one freestyles
at all the tournaments it becomes habit. When on occasion a
serious crisis arises, that person would probably resort to
fighting as he does when freestyling instead of using Karate.
Freestyle is fun until it becomes necessary, then Karate is the
2. Laziness is the mother of invention, thereby, the evolving to
economy of motion. (This thought occurred to me as I was working
through the years. It seems as you grow older and more tired you
develop shorter and more economical ways of doing things.)
3. With every foot movement there should be a corresponding hand
movement, but not necessarily the reverse.
4. Those who have learned, but do not share their time and knowledge
have missed the point.
5. Principles remain the same. Styles and systems differ as to their
interpretation, application and methods of execution. (Ed Parker)
6. Not knowing how is not an excuse for not trying.
7. Trying is the first street on the road to success. (Mine - Trying
is the fist step when wishing to traveling on the road to
8. The more you know, the more you see. (Mine - The more you learn,
the more you see, and envision what can be.)
9. The three levels prior to fulfillment:

1) DESIRE - (the wish to kick ass)
2) INTENT - (the decision to kick his ass)
3) COMMITMENT - (the pledge that you will kick his ass)

10. Your opponent's body is often your stabilizing base. (Mine - Do
not overlook using your opponent's body as a stabilizing base.)
11. Keep in touch and let your opponent assist you in his destruction.
(Mine - Keeping in touch is a key to destructive aims. It helps to
guide, align and track your natural weapons to targets of your
12. Once you pay the price of admission, stay in until the show is
over. (So often I see people take two or three hits or kicks to
get in and then only hit once and then back out, why?)
13. The more you share of yourself, your time, and your knowledge, the
better you become.
14. You are only as fast as you see yourself. (Self imaging.)
15. Momentary levitation is the reverse of marriage of gravity.
16. If you know "why", "how to" becomes much more effective.
Ed Parker Sr. Memories
Archived with the permission of Ed Parker Jr.
Ed Parker Sr. was the founder of the art known today as American Kenpo.
In these files, Ed Parker Jr. shares his fathers unpublished notes and other memories with us.