Perfect your best side first, then proceed to practice your
techniques on your weaker side. There are a number of benefits to
this; (1) it forces you to take the time to analyze your stronger
side, which in turn, (2) makes you become more aware of the points you
may have overlooked, (3) increases the strength of your weak side,
(4) expands your vocabulary of motion by increasing your knowledge of
variables, and (5) leads to acquiring more ambidextrous qualities.

It is important that you begin to set personal goals at this
learning stage. Develop various aspects of your material, as well as
improve self-discipline, self-awareness, self-confidence, will power
etc. Prepare yourself inwardly to meet the challenges of daily life.
The qualities that help you master the Art can enhance other aspects
of your life. In time, you will be able to compatibly apply these
facets to your family life, school activities, work contacts, etc.
Always be conscious of who you are. Remember that you are steadily
taking on greater responsibilities. The effects of your activities
will have a direct reflection on your school, your Art, and your
Association. With that in mind, conduct yourself in a manner that you
can be proud. To state it differently, you are increasingly becoming a
miniature showcase of our system. Learn to ask intelligent questions
and to explain your Art to others. Do not be overly critical of other
styles, or practitioners of other styles. Try to learn about their
Arts, and gather adequate information to understand and converse with
them intelligently.


Your progress toward Purple Belt entails "learning how to learn".
It requires spending your time constructively, discarding such
statements as, "I love work, I can sit and watch it all day."
Remember, skill can only come about through the proper use of time,
and disciplined effort. There is no other way, especially if you
desire to become self-correcting. As with other facets of your
training, tailoring is important. Identical ingredients to successful
learning may not apply to all, but the proportion of each ingredient
will vary according to an individual's natural attributes.

Some of the ingredients necessary for effective learning are:
PERSEVERANCE, and MENTAL DISCIPLINE. It is only natural that you may
be required to work harder at one precept than that of another, but
the key is to have each precept developed proportionately to the
limits of your present capacity. We can say this of the following:

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.