EPAKS Yellow Belt Manual (41-48 of 48 pages)



YELLOW BELT FREESTYLE TECHNIQUES


B -- This alphabet represents the BASE MOVE. It consists of two variations. Both variations commence from a " Left to Left" fighting position.

LL -- LEFT TO LEFT:

Your left leg (which is forward) is facing your opponent's left leg (which is forward). The first letter (in this case L) always refers to your lead leg (leg that's forward). The second letter (also L in this case) refers to your opponent's lead leg.

(a) The first variation is a left hooking grab to your opponent's left arm, while pulling down, and diagonally to your left; this is simultaneously executed with a right vertical punch to your opponent's face.

(b) The second variation is a left hooking grab to your opponent's left arm, then pulling it down, and diagonally to your left; this is simultaneously executed with a right uppercut punch to his left lower ribcage. This punch is diagonal and parallel with your opponent's left ribcage.

Both variations require that your forward leg check your opponent's forward leg. This maneuver re-enforces an ANGLE OF DISTURBANCE and an ANGLE OF CANCELLATION.

The numbers represent body and foot maneuvers, and are as follows:

(1) In-place body maneuver (pivot to a forward bow)

(2) Push-Drag

(3) Front Crossover, Step Out

(4) Front Crossover, Step Out, Step Through

1. Bla... 5. B3a

2. Blb ... 6. B3b

3. B2a ... 7. B4a

4. B2b ... 8. B4b


EXPLANATION OF THE YELLOW BELT FREESTYLE TECHNIQUES


B1a -- is the first variation, while pivoting into a left forward bow.

B1b -- is the second variation, while pivoting into a left forward bow.

B2a -- "2" indicates that the movement to be used is a push-drag, needed in the event that your opponent is a little out of range or when your opponent is in the process of moving back slightly, while executing the first variation of the base move.

B2b -- indicates the push-drag is again used, but you are now to execute the second variation of the base move.

B3a -- "3" indicates that a front crossover is executed while executing the grab, followed immediately by a step out while executing the first variation.

B3b -- is the same application of the front crossover, step out, while executing the second variation.

B4a -- "4" indicates that a front crossover is executed while executing the grab, followed by a step out, then a step through while executing the first variation. At this level your right step through should position you inside of your opponent's left leg. (This is referred to as being inside of the Angle of Entry).

B4b -- is the same application of the front crossover, step out, step through while executing the second variation.


NOTES ON THE YELLOW BELT FREESTYLE TECHNIQUES


1. The LEFT TO LEFT fighting position has been given priority since most Americans are familiar with these positions when boxing or street fighting.

2. To improve your VOCABULARY OF MOTION, your chances of survival on the street, and your chances of success at tournaments, we highly recommend that you learn these same Freestyle Techniques from the RIGHT TO RIGHT fighting position as soon as possible.

3. When first learning these movements, try to get a feel for some of the favorable features that they offer:

a. You cannot always choose the distance when action begins.

b. Gain knowledge of your hand strikes first. Practice your hand strikes while learning to solidify your base (stances). A firm FOUNDATION is much more important during your initial stages of learning.

c. Move quickly and unhesitatingly when closing the gap between you and your opponent.

d. The most effective punch occurs when your strongest arm is chambered in the rear hand position.

e. If you can cancel your opponent's leverage points, he cannot strike you effectively.

4. The WHAT IF factors in B4a allow you a number of choices. You can plant your right foot on the inside of, on top of, outside of your opponent's left foot. No matter what you may decide to use, it is important that you create an ANGLE OF CANCELLATION while simultaneously pulling with your left arm and planting your right foot. The precise placement of your right foot, simultaneous with the pulling of your left arm nullifies your opponent's height zones.



THE WRITTEN TEST FOR YELLOW BELT

SECTION I


In section one of this test you are to read a statement, and if that statement is correct, then circle "T" for true. If any part of that statement is incorrect, then circle "F" for false.


T F 1. Mr. Parker was born and raised in Hawaii.


T F 2. "Heel-Knee Line" aids in determining the proper width of a Neutral Bow and Arrow Stance.


T F 3. Mr. Parker went to Brigham Young University until his junior year and then quit to do karate as a living.


T F 4. In the early stages of your learning, it is a good idea to defend with your more coordinated hand to the front.


T F 5. When blocking on the inside of your opponent's arm, do so below the elbow, never above it.


T F 6. In the Yellow Belt Freestyle technique "B2a" the "2" indicates a push-drag shuffle, and the "a" represents a right uppercut punch.


T F 7. There are 3 basic methods of shuffling.


T F 8. Mr. Parker began studying Kenpo when he was 16.


T F 9. "Captured Twigs" is against a bear hug from the rear with the arms free.


END OF SECTION I

THE WRITTEN TEST FOR YELLOW BELT

SECTION II


In this section, a sentence or question will be presented. You are to choose the most correct and the most complete answer from the four possible answers given. Write the corresponding letter in the space provided.


_____ 1. Mr. Parker studied __________ before learning Kenpo.

a. Tae Kwon Do and Kick Boxing
b. just Tae Kwon Do
c. Judo and Boxing
d. nothing

_____ 2. Which of the following is not one of the three types of switching.

a. Moving your back leg to the front, then moving your front leg to the back.
b. Stepping through.
c. Moving your front leg to the back, then moving your back leg to the front.
d. Jumping in-place.

_____ 3. Mr Parker is known as the __________.

a. "The Father of Kenpo"
b. "The Father of Karate"
c. "The Father of the Martial Arts"
d. "The Father of American Karate"

_____ 4. "Delayed Sword" is not typically used against a _________.

a. grab
b. punch
c. hug
d. push

_____ 5. Which of the following is not a foot maneuver taught in the Yellow Belt Freestyle techniques ?

a. rear crossover
b. front crossover, step out
c. push-drag
d. front crossover, step out, step through


END OF SECTION II

THE WRITTEN TEST FOR YELLOW BELT

SECTION III


In the following section, an incomplete statement is given. You are to provide a word or words in order to correctly complete it. Write your answer on the line given below each statement.


1. Mr. Parker opened the first professional karate studio in (year) .

__________________________________________________ _________

2. "Whatever the attitude, so is the (what)."

__________________________________________________ __________

3. "The ankle is the (what) of the foot."

__________________________________________________ __________

4. Mr. Parker's Kenpo instructor was (who) .

__________________________________________________ __________

5. In executing a punch you generally strike with (which) portion of the fist.

__________________________________________________ __________

6. The sequence of blocks in "Star Block" is: upward, inward, extended outward, (what), back elbow, and push-down.

__________________________________________________ __________

7. IKKA is an abbreviation for (what).

__________________________________________________ __________

8. Two basic ways a person may be hit are: intentionally and (what) .

__________________________________________________ __________

9. "Angles of Attack" are the (number) basic directions from which you or your opponent can attack or defend.

__________________________________________________ __________



10. Mr. Parker is a (number) degree black belt.

__________________________________________________ __________

11. When paying respect, we bow to (what), and we salute to (whom).

__________________________________________________ __________

12. Male students wear their belt knots on the (side) , female on the (side) , and (who) in the middle.

__________________________________________________ __________

13. The weight distribution of a neutral bow and arrow stance is (percentages - in proper order) , a cat stance is (percentages - in proper order) , and a forward bow is (percentages - in proper order).

__________________________________________________ __________


END OF SECTION III

THE WRITTEN TEST FOR YELLOW BELT

SECTION IV


This last section is divided into two parts. In part A you are required to provide a series of words, a phrase, or a paragraph in order to answer the question or execute the command given. In part B two topics are presented and you are to analyze them in the following way. 1) give a definition of each. 2) explain their similarities, if there are any. 3) explain their differences, if there are any. 4) give examples, illustrations, analogies or any other helpful aid to assist in distinguishing between the two topics. Write your answers on the supplementary paper given. Concise but precise answers are preferred.


PART A:

1. Write out the Kenpo Creed.

2. What is "Over-reach", and why is it good or bad?

3. What is "Guard"?

4. Why is the Neutral Bow and Arrow Stance our basic fighting stance?

5. List five ideas that Short Form I teaches.

6. Why do we use meditation at the begin and end of every class?

7. What is a "Step Through"?


PART B:

1. "Embryonic Basics" vs. "Sophisticated Basics"

2. "Forms" vs. "Freestyle"

3. "Snap" vs. "Thrust"


END OF SECTION IV




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.