"Kenpo in the Streets" Chapter 2 f (notes)
written by Ed Parker Sr.


Write on respecting the experience of the talented football players
that are great athletes and to give them credit for their talents.


When in combat on the street, do not ¯assume, but ¯consume to avoid
being a statistic.

The object in combat is not to injure yourself, but your opponent.
Consider all combinations you or your opponent may be in during

¯Natural weapons are also ¯targets in the eyes of a Kenpo stylist.
When confronted with a weapon, and if you are able to do so: divert,
seize, control, and disarm.

Deflection; then infliction of pain.
Fair play is when your opponent's definition of fair play is equally
matched with yours.

"In combat one must lose the self and trust the body to respond to the
opponent." (Riskas) I say - - No coaching yourself during combat for it
disrupts your concentration and hampers spontaneity and instinct.


How to use environmental objects:

1. Objects to opponents (elaborate - what constitutes objects)

a. Loose (free) objects
1.) chairs
2.) kitchen knives, other utensils, etc.
3.) lamps
4.) sliding doors - to block, to crush
5.) magazines, newspaper (as a blind and a weapon)

b. Objects that could be dismantled or taken off
1.) picture frames
2.) shoes
3.) belt
4.) trash can covers

2. Opponents to objects
1.) stationary objects
2.) stationary and loose objects
3.) smashing against wall

3. Weapons by design
a. specialized bracelets, etc.

Illustrate techniques - block, grab and smash against the wall, etc.

Use of coat or clothing to trap a knife. Knives are dangerous because
of their versatility.

Use of belt against a knife.

Use of salt, pepper (from airplane), other household chemicals, etc.

Use of sun to blind opponent.

Use of objects such as mirrors, plate glass, glazed surfaces, to
monitor opponent(s).

Use of auto antenna as a weapon.

Use of comb, keys, belt, etc.

Strip opponent of his glasses so he can't see. (combat logic) Perhaps
have even seen these in movies.

¯Re -directing opponent's body over cliff, embankment, window, top of
building, etc.

Use of shoe as a defense and weapon.

Common objects converted into weapons

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 shares his fathers unpublished notes and other memories with us.