1. CONCENTRATION enables you to analyze each situation, evaluate
its importance, and come to a satisfactory conclusion. At the Purple
belt level you should be able to intelligently ask questions and
discuss the Martial Arts with any Black Belt.

2. COORDINATION, though lacking in some individuals, can be
developed. You must strive to be equally coordinated on both sides of
your self-defense techniques, freestyle techniques, and your forms.
Coordination is necessary because it allows you to have your body
function harmoniously and effectively with your mind.

3. MATHEMATICAL PRECISION must be learned for you to increase
your effectiveness with each move. At this level your stance work
should be nearly impeccable. It requires having your upper body
synchronize with your stances.

4. TIMING is another ingredient that contributes to your scale of
effectiveness. It is the regulation of speed with which each technique
is performed that produces effective results. As you learn to bring
all of your basics into "SYNC", you will have realized a key
ingredient to becoming a Purple Belt.

5. PERSEVERANCE is that driving force that allows you to see a
goal to its conclusion. It is that act or quality of never giving up
in spite of the difficulties encountered. Your instructor may have
been able to "make" you a Yellow Belt or an Orange Belt, but he cannot
"make" you a Purple Belt. This you will have to do with intense work
and the guidance of your instructor.

6. MENTAL DISCIPLINE trains your mind to develop order, self-
control, character, and efficiency. It is that ability to discipline,
train, and control your mind that ultimately earns you the rank of
Purple Belt.

Developing these principles helps to instill grace and
confidence, while simultaneously implanting humility and respect for
authority, and acceptable tradition. Through dedicated practice,
humility will automatically eliminate pride and self-assertion. When
this is accomplished, respect is gained.

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 shares his fathers unpublished notes and other memories with us.