Part 2 of Attitude

Remember when training, "Whatever the attitude so is the
response." Train with a positive attitude. Require and inspire your
fellow students to have a positive attitude. Strive for as much
realism as possible without seriously injuring your training partners.
Train with relentless determination. Always keep an open mind. It
leads to flexible thinking and magnifies your understanding. The key
to success is to train regularly, persist on having specific, but
short term goals, and never give up. Then too, the more technical you
become with the specifics, the greater your success in understanding
and refining your art.

When training in anticipation of an encounter on the street, be
realistic, train as if your life depended on it. When confronted in a
real life situation, fight with all the tools, skills, knowledge, and
ferocity that you possess. Tell yourself that you are going to stop
your opponent(s) from hurting you, or those around you. If leaving the
combat arena will achieve this then do so; if you must deploy action
to stop your assailants then fight. If an opponent were to pull a gun
on you, and you drew a gun in self-defense, put two bullets in his
chest, and killed him, his death would be secondary. Your intent was
to stop him, and you did so. It just so happened that he died in the
process of stopping him.

If you treat all beings with respect, it is less likely that you
will be forced to defend your life. Nevertheless, no one is free of
the senseless violence that increasingly plagues our lives in today's
society. Prepare for the sick world that we live in and remember,
survival should be uppermost in our minds. Train with this attitude in
mind and survival can triumph.

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 shares his fathers unpublished notes and other memories with us.