16. BODY MOMENTUM -- is a concept that utilizes momentum to increase
power. It is the uniting of mind, breath and strength while shuffling
forward or in reverse with the weight of the body, dropping the weight
of the body vertically or diagonally (gravitational marriage), and
rotating the body. Body momentum: primarily derives its power from
horizontal movement (using the dimension of depth); uses foot
maneuvers (stance transitions) to complete your move; can be derived
through Gravitational Marriage (using the dimension of height); can be
obtained through Body Rotation (using the dimension of width): can
combine all three methods obtained through depth, height, and width:
all three methods employ the principle of "back-up-mass"; and enhances
horizontal, vertical, and diagonal, forward and reverse speed which in
turn enhances power.

17. GRAVITATIONAL MARRIAGE -- is a concept that utilizes gravity to
increase power. It is the uniting of mind, breath and strength while
dropping the weight of the body. The immeasurably to the force of the
strike. Thus, a literal marriage with gravity occurs. Gravitational
Marriage: teaches you to get the most from your body weight using
gravity as an aid; greatly enhances power; power comes primarily from
vertical movement; employs the principle of "back-up-mass" where the
force of the drop is backed by the weight of the mass; and helps to
increase vertical and diagonal downward speed which in turn
contributes to power.

18. PENETRATION -- involves depth of focus. It is the extension of
power beyond the selected target to insure the desired force and to
compensate for distance. Penetration: insures increased power; allows
for distance; should accompany all moves whether offensive or
defensive; and should become a permanently adopted principle.

19. TRANSITION -- these are moves within moves, or stages between
moves which gap defense or offense. In many instances it is that stage
which turns defense into an offense or vice versa. Other benefits: in
forms, a transitory move can be the last move of the first technique
sequence or can be the first move of the second technique sequence;
such moves can act as reinforced moves or hidden moves either as a
defense or offense, depending upon the situation; and can aid you in
regulating distance.

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 shares his fathers unpublished notes and other memories with us.