training. You should have read, as much as possible, from Mr. Parker's
writings. Now, more than ever, you must be a positive example to your
fellow students. Others will be looking to you for guidance and
training. You must train regularly, diligently, and with intensity. In
order to do and explain Mr. Parker's system, you must be able to
intellectually and intuitively understand its simplicity, and its
Your basics should reflect your new understanding of the concepts
and principles of technique movement. Power should emanate as a result
of the integration of those concepts and principles.
Employ feinting when freestyling. Know when to use it and how to
use it to your advantage. Discern when to attack in a direct line, and
when to attack on an angle. Know when to attack with explosive
flurries, and when to yield. Spend time learning, understanding, and
internalizing the many aspects of Environment. Determine how
Environment can work for or against you, or your opponent(s). Be
confident when sparring multiple opponents.
Major emphasis will again be placed on Self-Defense Techniques.
All prior knowledge must be applied to your new material. An added
feature is the Analysis of Motion. Study and application of its
contents will lead you to greater levels of spontaneity. As a final
note, you must dedicate extensive, but intelligent hours, to the
practice of your Third Degree Brown Belt Techniques. Lessons at this
level represent sophisticated motion viewed on a higher plane. Self-Defense
Techniques against multiple attackers, knife attacks, concepts
of surveying, etc. demand exceptional technical skills. Therefore, do
not be enticed to advance your study prematurely. Understand the
"Themes" of these techniques. They insure maximum benefit once
properly understood.
Be prepared to test in front of Mr. Parker. Your Thesis Abstract
should be clear and concise. Your Thesis Form should be creative, as
well as an expression of harmonious, and powerful movements. You must
be tuned to maximum performance. You must have strength, flexibility,
speed, and endurance. Your physical movements must be an expression of
you -- of the internal harmony that lies within you. Internal harmony
gives you the confidence and ability to apply your knowledge. It helps
to control fear and anger, to develop a positive attitude, and
residually permits unrelenting action. It allows you to get the job
done, no matter what the task.


For every move, concept, principle, theory, or definition, there
is an opposite and a reverse. If you can fully grasp this statement,
you can "infinitely" expand your Vocabulary of Motion. Not only will
this statement help you to expand your vocabulary, but if properly
understood and internalized, spontaneity will develop beyond your
Remember -- logic combined with realistic thinking is the key.
You must thoroughly understand the terms opposite and reverse and
learn to apply them appropriately. If there is a right inward block,
then there must be a left inward block (the opposite of). If there are
inward blocks, then there are outward blocks (the reverse of).
Deductively, if there are inward overhead claws, then there are
outward overhead claws, and if there are overhead claws there must be
underhand claws, etc.
As part of your study for Second Degree Brown Belt you will be
required to analyze and apply the above statement to every facet of
Kenpo. This journal will place special emphasis on how this
comprehensive statement applies to stances, maneuvers, blocks,
strikes, including the Universal Pattern. Therefore, diligently study
the Universal Pattern. Learn the many basics and the corresponding
names that describe the various movements and Points of Reference
contained in the Universal Pattern. Visualize the Universal Pattern on
nine planes -- not one.
At this stage of your training you should have substantially
internalized the basic concepts, theories, principles of technique
movement, and the terms and definitions related thereto. Your basics,
forms, techniques, and freestyle capabilities should clearly express
your successful development of coordination, fluidity, speed, and
power. Internalized with all of these aspects, as well as having an
in-depth knowledge of the terms opposite and reverse, you are now
ready for a formal introduction to man-made weapons. To refresh your
memory man-made weapons are those implementations created or used by
man to defend and/or aggressively use as a means of survival. Natural
weapons are the body limbs which we employ to defend ourselves.
The knowledge and skill acquired through 2nd Brown should aid
your study of man-made weapons. Although employment of man-made
weapons are no more than extensions of your present knowledge, they do
demand higher levels of sophistication. Consequently, the need to fit
and tailor each weapon to your specific body dimensions again apply.
Anything contrary to employing the principles of proportional
dimension will limit the full potential of your skills.
Your first introduction will be to learn to work with the staff.
Although there are two methods of employing the staff, single-end or
double-end, focus will be on the double-end staff.
Both methods require fitting the staff to your body dimensions.
In the case of a single-end staff, proper measurements can be obtained
by standing flat footed and raising your right arm toward the sky with
your arm and fingers fully extended. The length of your staff can be
established by (1) planting one end of the staff to the right of your
right foot, (2) with the major portion of your staff placed alongside
of your right thigh and raised right arm, and (3) the opposite end of
your staff positioned inside of the palm of your right hand. You are
to then mark the top of your staff just above where your middle finger
ends. Cut the staff at this point and you are now ready to function
more efficiently with a single-end staff.
For a double-end staff stand flat footed and measure the length
of your staff by having one end planted on the ground in front of you
and the other end raised vertically past your eyebrows. Mark the top
of your staff just above the level of your eyebrows, and cut the staff
at this point. You are now ready to function more efficiently with two
ends of the staff.
Working with the staff will produce many benefits. Among them

1. Greater opportunity to increase muscle tone.
2. Increased muscle awareness and flexibility.
3. Increased consciousness of control.
4. The value of confining moves to be more functional and
5. Increased perception when employing an extension to the limbs.
6. Greater awareness of the usefulness and importance of joints.
7. A deeper understanding of the importance of contouring.
8. Coordination of intermittent use of natural weapons and man-
made weapons.

Continue to refine your knowledge of the many concepts, theories,
and principles that enhance your self-defense techniques with or
without man-made weapons. To expand your knowledge of Kenpo even
further, you will be introduced to Master Key Techniques. With a
rudimentary knowledge of Master Key Techniques you will be prepared
for the major emphasis of this belt level -- freestyle. You must no
longer perceive the concepts, theories, and principles of your self-defense
and freestyle techniques as separate ideas. "Isolation
invariably leads to formulation." Remember, "The Equation Formula is
the Universal Pattern expressed with principles".

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.