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    Default "Kenpo in the Streets" Chapter 2 a (notes)

    ”CHAPTER 2"

    ”PREPARATORY CONSIDERATIONS"

    It would be best that we ¯study ¯PREPARATORY CONSIDERATIONS
    involving logical preventive measures before exploring self -defense
    disciplines essential in the street. This entails being ¯aware¯ of the
    various forms of danger and how ¯avoiding them, can in itself, be your
    first defense against an attack.

    ¯ACCEPTANCE

    The ¯first ¯preparatory consideration is ¯ACCEPTANCE. ¯You must
    ¯¯¯operate under the assumption that ”trouble can and will happen to you•.
    ¯Accepting this reality, and becoming aware ¯of how danger strikes,
    instinctively prepares you against an attack. During this phase of
    ¯awareness physical strength, speed, or skill are not required.

    Once ¯accepting the thought of trouble happening to you, create
    the ¯desire to want to do something about it, the ¯conviction to
    commence, and the ¯will power to see your desire to completion.
    Remember, as long as you are of average ability and mentality, ”you can
    learn to develop these qualities•.

    ¯ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS

    When studying the functional elements comprising STREET COMBAT
    ¯ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS should be your ¯second ¯preparatory
    ¯consideration. This consists of” total awareness of all environmental
    conditions•. It takes into account your overall surroundings -- the
    floor plan, furniture arrangement, space in which to work; the
    condition of the terrain (wet, oily, muddy, icy, rough, or smooth);
    location of objects (walls, stanchions, appliances, tub, toilet, wash
    basin, street curbs, vehicles); articles (clothes, belt, keys, comb,
    brush, finger nail file, fork, knife, spoon, pots, pans); your health;
    your mental condition, etc. -- all of which can work for or against
    you. More often than not, ¯environmental conditions can dictate the
    strategy, direction, or methods you pursue, or apply in combat. Once
    you are aware of the benefits of your ENVIRONMENT, you soon learn how
    to use the most inconspicuous articles as weapons, blockades,
    deterrents, or to learn how to conveniently guide your opponent's
    targets to chosen obstacles. Even when your health, or mental
    condition is a factor you learn to overcome and conquer.

    Please recognize that impending dangers include those situations
    which have not occurred and by proper ¯preventive ¯planning, may perhaps
    never occur. It is, therefore, an important aspect of your training
    worthy of detailed study.

    Methods of ¯preventive planning related to ¯Environmental Awareness
    include:



    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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