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    Ed Parker Sr. Memories
    " Kenpo in the Streets" Part 1

    My father was working on several books at the time of his passing. These were all of my projects at the time as well. Here is notes from a book he was working on called "Kenpo in the Streets". This book never has seen the light of day until now. He had the Preface done by one of his students, Dennis Conatser. Here is the first page of one page at a time of this book.
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    I now present to you the unpublished book "Kenpo in the Streets, Part 1"

    "KENPO IN THE STREET" is a unique book on street combat. It
    evaluates the types of encounters that we can anticipate in the
    street, and describes, as well as illustrates, realistic approaches in
    combating these encounters.

    Ed Parker's interest in employing logic in his studies dates back
    to his very beginnings in the art. He approved of the new and exciting
    methods that he was learning as a neophyte in KENPO, but disapproved
    of the arbitrary sequential order of executing them. Having been an
    experienced street fighter he felt that the ineffectual employment of
    motion could invite unwarranted problems.

    As a pioneer in the field of Martial Arts, Mr. Parker has never
    been satisfied with conventional answers. While he believes that
    tradition can be helpful, he places emphasis on logic and innovation
    over custom. Consequently, through dissecting motion, he has
    discovered logic to be the key ingredient influencing consistent and
    organized methods of study.

    As a result of his logical approach to research, Mr. Parker has
    eliminated the mysteries that once plagued technical explanations of
    the Martial Arts. By structuring his work in a manner similar to that
    of medical and other scientific disciplines, he has given a clarity to
    his system, and an ability to continuously modify and update the
    theories, concepts, and related principles of Kenpo.

    As many of you know, ineffective communication has long been a
    stumbling block for effective education. In fact, language has often
    been a barrier in obtaining greater knowledge. Traditional martial
    artists who have imposed foreign terminology on their students may
    have been successful in having them memorize words and phrases without
    those students understanding the concepts behind them. However, the
    use of native terminology is not the only key to better communication.
    Consider the statement, "I know you believe you understand what you
    think I said...but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not
    what I meant!" Obviously it is not the words you use, but "how you use

    Mr. Parker's use of words, in conveying KENPO principles, is a
    case study in "how to use them." Through many years of teaching
    experience he has developed distinctive methods of converting verbal
    language to physical language. The imagery evoked through his use of
    analogies, short stories, and sayings breathes life into the technical
    descriptions, and encourages students to consider the principles of
    Kenpo in light of their own experience. The result is a better
    understanding of Kenpo, and more importantly, how it applies to them.
    This unique blending of the objectivity of the sciences with the
    subjective associations of real life experience has greatly enhanced
    our understanding of the art, and generated many new concepts in
    Kenpo. With these new concepts and principles is created a new and
    constantly expanding terminology as well. Once these terms, f
    definitions, and associated methods of application are absorbed,
    communication is no longer a problem. Comprehension is not only
    accelerated, it is ingrained - - thus allowing the proficient student
    to act instinctively and extemporaneously.

    "KENPO IN THE STREET" illustrates realism and logic combined with
    effective self -defense methods. Mr. Parker's premise is to learn the
    principles behind each action. As you learn the principles associated
    with each move, you must also learn to tailor them to your own
    distinctive capabilities. As you learn to tailor, you learn to become
    innovative. As variables become routine, appropriate responses become
    second nature and spontaneous. Such responses may be necessary in the
    street where a surprise attack may eliminate ones ability to examine
    all of the possible options. Only instinctive responses, developed
    through logical training methods and conditioning, provide the proper
    transfer of knowledge required in these situations.

    As you study the newest of Mr. Parker's books, remember that
    progress can only be possible if you keep an open mind, if you are
    motivated to train properly, and if you view all the techniques
    logically. As a student of KENPO, you should recognize that knowledge
    can only be instinctively transferred to your extremities if it is
    thoroughly ingrained. Since there are no rules on the street, but only
    realities, you are encouraged to be very serious about your training.
    To quote Mr. Parker, "Unfortunately the philosophy on the street today
    is 'it's not who's right, but who's left that counts'".

    I consider myself fortunate to study under Mr. Parker. Each
    lesson is a new experience. As I continue to explore his creative
    advancements, I am humbled by his unique and all -encompassing system.
    I am further encouraged by his open -minded ideology in energizing
    KENPO. Because of his persistence, his creations continue to remain
    dynamic. I know of no other system that updates material to keep up
    with the times.

    With all that has been said, you can see why I view Ed Parker's
    KENPO as a timeless art. His KENPO was effective yesterday, is
    effective today, and will continue to be effective tomorrow. May his
    willingness to share his art continue indefinitely and spread to all
    those who honestly and sincerely wish to learn.

    In conclusion may I state, "There are two ways of spreading the
    light, (1) to be the candle, or (2) to be the mirror that reflects
    it". Although not all of us can become candles, we are certainly not
    limited to being mirrors that reflect the light. My goal is to become
    both a candle and a mirror. With Mr. Parker's assistance, I feel that
    such a challenge can be met. I would like to express my extreme
    appreciation to Mr. Parker for allowing me the privilege of writing
    this preface. May future publications continue to convey his infinite
    knowledge for all to share.

    Dennis Conatser
    5th Degree Black
    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.

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