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    Default Edmond Parker Sr.

    A Biography of Edmond Parker Sr.
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    Senior Grand Master Ed Parker is known worldwide as the "Father of American Kenpo Karate".
    Mr. Edmund Kealoha Parker was born on March 18, 1931 in Honolulu, Hawaii where he lived until 1950, when he left to attend college in Utah. He studied and earned his Black Belt in Kenpo Karate under the late Professor William K.S. Chow, one of the world's leading Kenpo Black Belt holders and innovators of the Art.

    Soon after he began his study of Kenpo, Mr. Parker knew that Kenpo would become a way of life for him. He opened his first private Kenpo Club in 1954 at Brigham Young University, and his first public school in September of 1956 in Pasadena, California. Early in his training, Mr. Parker realized the need to further modify the Art of Kenpo to suit modern day fighting situations. Professor Chow had taught Mr. Parker a number of "Master Key Movements" which provided Mr. Parker his start on becoming a creative innovator. "The Parker System of American Kenpo" is based on principals, theoretical innovations, and logic not yet employed by other systems. Mr. Parker founded the International Kenpo Karate Association in 1956 (albeit, the Kenpo Karate Association of America). He traveled frequently to share his vast knowledge of Kenpo, and he was also very active in writing books (most notable are his five volume series in Infinite Insights into Kenpo).

    On December 15, 1990 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Mr. Parker passed away at the age of 59. That was a very sad day for Kenpoist all over the world. His death was unexpected and untimely. At the time of his death, he was in the midst of completing his first series of Kenpo instructional videos and his Encyclopedia of Kenpo. Thousands attended his funeral to pay their respects to one of the world's greatest innovators of Kenpo.

    Although Mr. Parker has gone, his spirit carries on, and the many hundreds of Kenpoist who were fortunate enough to have known and studied with Mr. Parker, continue his legacy.

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    Default Senior Grand Master Edmund Kealoha Parker - Founder of American Kenpo

    Ed Parker
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    Ed Parker
    Born Edmund Kealoha Parker March 19, 1931(1931-03-19) Honolulu, Hawaii, USA United States
    Died December 15, 1990 (aged 59) Honolulu, Hawaii, USA Heart attack
    Style American Kenpo
    Teacher(s) William Kwai Sun Chow
    Rank Senior Grand Master of American Kenpo


    Edmund Kealoha Parker (March 19, 1931 – December 15, 1990) was an American martial artist, promoter, teacher, and author.
    Contents

    * 1 Life
    * 2 Parker's Training
    * 3 Tributes
    * 4 Bibliography
    * 5 References
    * 6 External links

    Life

    Parker was born in Hawaii, and raised a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[1] He began his training in the martial arts at a young age in judo[2] and later boxing. Some time in the 1940s, Ed Parker was first introduced to Kenpo by Frank Chow. Frank Chow introduced Ed Parker to William Chow, who trained Parker while serving in the Coast Guard and attending Brigham Young University. In 1953 he was promoted to the rank of black belt. Parker, seeing that modern times posed new situations that were not addressed in Kempo, adapted the art to make it more easily applicable to the streets of America and called his style, American Kenpo Karate.

    Parker opened the first commercial karate school in the western United States in Provo, Utah in 1954.[3] By 1956, Parker opened his Dojo in Pasadena, California. His first black belt student was Charles Beeder. There is controversy over whether Beeder received the first black belt awarded by Parker.[4] The other black belts in chronological order up to 1962 were: James Ibrao, Rich Montgomery, Rick Flores, Al and Jim Tracy of Tracy Kenpo, Chuck Sullivan, John McSweeney, and Dave Hebler.[5] In 1962, John McSweeney opened a school in Ireland, which prompted Parker to change the name of his organization from the Kenpo Karate Association of America to the International Kenpo Karate Association.

    Parker was well known for his business creativity and helped many martial artists open their own dojos. He was also well known in Hollywood where he trained a great many stunt men and celebrities; most notable was Elvis Presley, to whom he awarded a black belt in Kenpo. He also left behind a few grand masters who are known around the world to this day such as Frank Trejo who runs a school in California.[6] He also helped Bruce Lee gain national attention by introducing him at his International Karate Championships. He served as Elvis Presley's bodyguard during the singer's final years, did movie stunt-work and acting, and was one of the Kenpo instructors of martial arts action movie actor Jeff Speakman. He is best known to Kenpoists as the founder of American Kenpo and is referred to fondly as the "Father of American Karate". He is formally referred to as Senior Grand Master of American Kenpo. Parker can be seen with Elvis Presley in the opening sequence of the 1977 TV special "Elvis in concert". Ed also wrote a book about his time with Elvis on the road.

    Parker had a minor career as a Hollywood actor and stunt man. His most notable film was Kill the Golden Goose.[7] In this film, he co-stars with Hapkido master Bong Soo Han. His acting work included the (uncredited) role of Mr. Chong in student[8] Blake Edwards' Revenge of the Pink Panther.[9]

    Edmund K. Parker died in Honolulu of a heart attack on December 15, 1990. His widow Leilani Parker died on June 12, 2006. Of their four surviving children, only his son, Ed Parker Jr., remains active in the system his father created.

    Parker's Training

    Ed Parker's father enrolled his son in Judo classes at the age of twelve. Parker received his Shodan in Judo in 1949 at the age of eighteen.[2] By the time he achieved the rank of brown belt, he was already interpreting ideas he had learned from his Chinese-Hawaiian teacher, William Kwai Sun Chow. Later Parker return to the United State to attend Brigham Young University and began to teach the martial arts.

    It was during this period that Parker was significantly influenced by the Japanese and Okinawan interpretations prevalent in Hawaii. Parker's Book Kenpo Karate, published in 1961, shows the many hard linear movements, albeit with modifications, that set his interpretations apart.

    All of the influences up to that time were reflected in Parker's rigid, linear method of "Kenpo Karate," as it was called. Between writing and publishing, however, he began to be influenced by the Chinese arts, and included this information in his system. He settled in Southern California after leaving the Coast Guard and finishing his education at B.Y.U. Here he found himself surrounded by other martial artists from a wide variety of systems, many of whom were willing to discuss and share their arts with him. Parker made contact with people like Ark Wong, Haumea Leiti, James (Jimmy) W. Woo (a.k.a. Chin Siu Dek), and Lau Bun. These martial artists were known for their skills in arts such as Splashing-Hands, San Soo, Tai Chi, and Hung Gar, and this influence remains visible in both historical material (such as forms that Parker taught for a period within his system) and current principles.

    Exposed to new Chinese training concepts and history, he wrote a second book, Secrets of Chinese Karate published in 1963. Parker drew comparisons in this and other books between karate (a better known art in the United States at that time) and the Chinese methods he adopted and taught.

    Tributes

    The 1991 martial arts film The Perfect Weapon, starring one of his students Jeff Speakman, contained a dedication to Parker before its closing credits.

    Parker was portrayed by his son, Ed Parker Jr., in the 1993 Bruce Lee biography, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story.

    Bibliography

    * 1960, Kenpo Karate: Law of the Fist and the Empty Hand. Delsby Publications ISBN 0910293473
    * 1963, Secrets of Chinese Karate. Prentice-Hall ISBN 0137978456
    * 1975, Ed Parker's Guide to the Nunchaku ISBN 086568104X
    * 1975, Ed Parker's Kenpo Karate Accumulative Journal. International Kenpo Karate Association.
    * 1978, Inside Elvis. Rampart House ISBN 0897730003
    * 1982, Ed Parker's Infinite Insights into Kenpo, Vol. 1: Mental Stimulation. Delsby Publications ISBN 0910293007
    * 1983, Ed Parker's Infinite Insights into Kenpo, Vol. 2: Physical Analyzation I. Delsby Publications ISBN 0910293023
    * 1985, Ed Parker's Infinite Insights into Kenpo, Vol. 3: Physical Analyzation II. Delsby Publications ISBN 091029304X
    * 1986, Ed Parker's Infinite Insights Into Kenpo, Vol. 4: Mental and Physical Constituents. Delsby Publications ISBN 0910293066
    * 1987, Ed Parker's Infinite Insights Into Kenpo: Vol. 5: Mental and Physical Applications. Delsby Publications ISBN 0910293082
    * 1988, The Woman's Guide to Self Defense
    * 1988, The Zen of Kenpo. Delsby Publications ISBN 0910293104
    * 1992, Ed Parker's Encyclopedia of Kenpo. Delsby Publications ISBN 0910293120

    References

    1. ^ "Mormon Martial Arts: The Ed Parker Story". Utah Gothic. http://www.utahgothic.com/history/edparker.html. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
    2. ^ a b "Kenpo Karate - Setting History Right 1949-1954". kenpokarate.com. 1997-03-08. http://kenpokarate.com/1949-1954.html. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
    3. ^ Corcoran, J.; Farkas, E. (1988). Martial Arts: Traditions, History, People. New York City: Gallery Books.
    4. ^ "Ed Parker's First Shodan". kenpokarate.com. 1997-03-08. http://kenpokarate.com/first_shodan.html. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
    5. ^ "Kenpo Karate Family Tree". tracyskarate.com. 2000. http://www.tracyskarate.com/Parkertree/parkerhome.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
    6. ^ The Godfather of Grappling (authorized biography of Gene LeBell) by "Judo" Gene Lebell, Bob Calhoun, George Foon, and Noelle Kim. 2005.
    7. ^ Kill the Golden Goose
    8. ^ Beaver, W. (April 1991). "My Friend, Ed Parker". Black Belt Magazine. http://www.shaolinkenpo.com/memorial.htm.
    9. ^ IMDB list for Ed Parker

    * Parker, L. (1997). Memories of Ed Parker: Sr. Grandmaster of American Kenpo Karate. Delsby Publications. ISBN 0910293147.

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    Edmund Kealoha Parker Biography

    Posted by Zoran adapted from Wikipedia

    Edmund Kealoha Parker (March 19, 1931–December 15, 1990) was an American martial artist, promoter, teacher, and author.

    Life

    Parker was born in Hawaii, and raised a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He began his training in the martial arts at a young age in judo and later boxing. Some time in the 1940s, Ed Parker was first introduced to Kenpo by Frank Chow. Frank Chow introduced Ed Parker to William Chow, who trained Parker while serving in the Coast Guard and attending Brigham Young University. In 1953 he was promoted to the rank of black belt. Parker, seeing that modern times posed new situations that were not addressed in Kempo, adapted the art to make it more easily applicable to the streets of America and called his style, American Kenpo Karate.

    Parker opened the first commercial karate school in the western United States in Provo, Utah in 1954. By 1956, Parker opened his Dojo in Pasadena, California. His first black belt student was Charles Beeder. There is controversy over whether Beeder received the first black belt awarded by Parker. The other black belts in chronological order up to 1962 were: James Ibrao, Rich Montgomery, Rick Flores, Al and Jim Tracy of Tracy Kenpo, Chuck Sullivan, John McSweeney, and Dave Hebler. In 1962, John McSweeney opened a school in Ireland, which prompted Parker to change the name of his organization from the Kenpo Karate Association of America to the International Kenpo Karate Association.



    Parker was well known for his business creativity and helped many martial artists open their own dojos. He was also well known in Hollywood where he trained a great many stunt men and celebrities; most notable was Elvis Presley, to whom he awarded a black belt in Kenpo. He also left behind a few grand masters who are known around the world to this day such as Frank Trejo who runs a school in California. He also helped Bruce Lee gain national attention by introducing him at his International Karate Championships. He served as Elvis Presley’s bodyguard during the singer’s final years, did movie stunt-work and acting, and was one of the Kenpo instructors of martial arts action movie actor Jeff Speakman. He is best known to Kenpoists as the founder of American Kenpo and is referred to fondly as the “Father of American Karate”. He is formally referred to as Senior Grand Master of American Kenpo. Parker can be seen with Elvis Presley in the opening sequence of the 1977 TV special “Elvis in concert”. Ed also wrote a book about his time with Elvis on the road.

    Parker had a minor career as a Hollywood actor and stunt man. His most notable film was Kill the Golden Goose. In this film, he co-stars with Hapkido master Bong Soo Han. His acting work included the (uncredited) role of Mr. Chong in student[8] Blake Edwards’ Revenge of the Pink Panther.

    Edmund K. Parker died in Honolulu of a heart attack on December 15, 1990. His widow Leilani Parker died on June 12, 2006. Of their four surviving children, only his son, Ed Parker Jr., remains active in the system his father created.

    Parker’s Training

    Parker’s father enrolled him in Judo classes at the age of twelve. Parker received his Shodan in Judo in 1949 at the age of eighteen. As a young man, Edmund Parker, Sr. came to study at Brigham Young University from his native Hawaii and began to teach the martial arts. By the time he achieved the rank of brown belt, he was already interpreting ideas he had learned from his Chinese-Hawaiian teacher, William Kwai Sun Chow.

    It was during this period that Parker was significantly influenced by the Japanese and Okinawan interpretations prevalent in Hawaii. Parker’s Book Kenpo Karate, published in 1961, shows the many hard linear movements, albeit with modifications, that set his interpretations apart.

    All of the influences up to that time were reflected in Parker’s rigid, linear method of “Kenpo Karate,” as it was called. Between writing and publishing, however, he began to be influenced by the Chinese arts, and included this information in his system. He settled in Southern California after leaving the Coast Guard and finishing his education at B.Y.U. Here he found himself surrounded by other martial artists from a wide variety of systems, many of whom were willing to discuss and share their arts with him. Parker made contact with people like Ark Wong, Haumea Leiti, James (Jimmy) W. Woo (a.k.a. Chin Siu Dek), and Lau Bun. These martial artists were known for their skills in arts such as Splashing-Hands, San Soo, Tai Chi, and Hung Gar, and this influence remains visible in both historical material (such as forms that Parker taught for a period within his system) and current principles.

    Exposed to new Chinese training concepts and history, he wrote a second book, Secrets of Chinese Karate published in 1963. Parker drew comparisons in this and other books between karate (a better known art in the United States at that time) and the Chinese methods he adopted and taught.

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