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  • Kenpo Karate - Law of the Fist and the Empty Hand

    5 11.11%
  • Secrets of Chinese Kenpo

    12 26.67%
  • Ed Parker's Basic Booklet

    2 4.44%
  • A Woman' Guide to Self Defense

    0 0%
  • Ed Parker's Guide to the Nunchaku

    1 2.22%
  • Inside Elvis

    1 2.22%
  • Infinite Insights Into Kenpo Volumes 1 - 5

    29 64.44%
  • The Zen of Kenpo

    6 13.33%
  • Ed Parker's Encyclopedia of Kenpo

    7 15.56%
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    As we all know Ed Parker wrote many books, which is you favorite(s). Please also share why you chose what you did.
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    Secrets of Chinese Karate is still favorite. Just like the feel of the book, and perspective on kenpo presented. II series is always good. Have a copy of Zen, and haven't opened it since the first read-through, and signing. I wanted something more out of it along the lines of spiritual development, and was a little bummed to see a collection of clever -ism's.

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    I too really like the Secrets of Chinese Karate, mainly because of the old school feel to it. I love my copies of the Infinite Insights series, they contain so much to help you excel. Lastly I like the Zen of Kenpo, the sayings can be very helpful at times.
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    I like Kenpo Karate- the Law of the Fist and Empty Hand, since it reaffirms that the Kenpo I do is so similar to Ed Parker's original style.

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    I have all the books that are listed in the poll and my favorite is still the "Infinte Insight Series"..followed by a close second is Memories of Ed Parker by his wife Leilani Parker.
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    I have all of Mr. Parker's Books. Some I bought through different sources before the dark times, but most I got courtesy of Mr. Conatser when they became difficult to find. I love the II series, I find a deeper understanding and something new each time I read them. I also like the Zen of Kenpo, which I got in almost mint condition hardback from Doug Hall. As the sayings are a part of our curric, I love having an alphabetized listing of them at my fingertips. I enjoyed Chinese Kenpo but find it dated. I do enjoy the historical context. I have to admit, I did not enjoy the Memories book at all. In my opinion, it was more about the writers and not enough about Mr. Parker. I also have a first edition hard back of Mr. Parker's Elvis book, which I enjoyed. His love of Elvis comes through quite clearly.
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    Ditto Seig. I thing Volumes IV and V of Infinite Insights are my favorites, followed by Zen.

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    My favorite is definitely Secrets of Chinese Karate, i own a paperback and hardcover edition of this book! Love the historical references and illustrations - especially of two man set. My favorite II's are Books 3 & 4 (the most highlighted and dog-eared of the series). I recently picked up Ed Parker's Guide to the Nunchaku and once again enjoy the historical references and am still working through the methods of execution. The photos are great!

    I must say the one that i get the biggest "kick" out of is The Woman's Guide to Self-Defense. The black and white line drawings by Jim McQuade of the women - especially, are a real "hoot"! LOL! Those of you that have seen it, surely know what i mean! Maybe it's the high heels and hairdos.... maybe not! Nonetheless, the content is good.

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    gotta say the illustrations in the II books are also quite a 'hoot'...as for spiritual development, i'll stick with the tao te ching.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Seig
    I love the II series, I find a deeper understanding and something new each time I read them. I also like the Zen of Kenpo. As the sayings are a part of our curriculum, I love having an alphabetized listing of them at my fingertips. I enjoyed Chinese Kenpo but find it dated. I do enjoy the historical context. I have to admit, I did not enjoy the Memories book at all. I also have a first edition hard back of Mr. Parker's Elvis book, which I enjoyed. His love of Elvis comes through quite clearly.
    All of the above goes for me too, except that I did enjoy the Memories book. There were quite a few photos & stories that I had not seen/heard before (for example, when Mr. Parker & Elvis appeared at the Parker kids' bible study class at 6:00am one day).

    I don't have the Women's Guide to Self-Defense yet, but am considering buying it; I've perused Mr. Billings' copy of it (& yes Donna, I loved the hairdos & heels too! LOL).
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    I have yet to read any of those books in their entirety *cringes* I have read bits and peices of them, but they are difficult to find, especially on my limited budget.
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    My favorites are the Infinite Insights books. I enjoyed all five of them. I liked the Encyclopedia of Kenpo also for its simplicity with definitions. The Nunchaku book is good, but it has a "too commercial" feel to it with its emphasis on the specific nunchaku brand. I felt it distracted from the information presented in the book. I'm guessing the company probably helped pay for the printing of that book as long as their brand is mentioned throughout. <shrug>

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    Reviving thread for newer members...

    Which book(s) of Mr. Parker's did you like the best, & why?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ceicei
    My favorites are the Infinite Insights books. I enjoyed all five of them. I liked the Encyclopedia of Kenpo also for its simplicity with definitions. The Nunchaku book is good, but it has a "too commercial" feel to it with its emphasis on the specific nunchaku brand. I felt it distracted from the information presented in the book. I'm guessing the company probably helped pay for the printing of that book as long as their brand is mentioned throughout. <shrug>

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    CeiCei, putting it in historical context. When that book was published, there were few quality brands around. At that particular time, most of the non name brands were not balanced well, nor were they constructed well. They were likely to hurt the practitioner.
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    I have the "Insights" series and really enjoy reading and re-reading them.

    I also like the "Encycolpedia" as a great reference and the forward by Ed Parker Jr. where he talks about the days before his fathers death. I don't have the book in front of me at the moment so I'll have to paraphrase, but I thought the statement by SGM Parker that as much as he had learned and discovered he realized he had barely scratched the surface was quite profound.

    I got the "Elvis" book for Christmas but haven't even opened it yet. I guess I'll get around to it eventually. =)

    BTW: it's not in the list, but I read that SGM Parker wrote a book geared toward Law Enforcement. Anybody have any info on that? Thanks! =)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celtic_Crippler
    BTW: it's not in the list, but I read that SGM Parker wrote a book geared toward Law Enforcement. Anybody have any info on that? Thanks! =)
    Not true. We never finished it. I have all the notes and have used elements of and developed it over the years.
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    Any plans on finishing it and getting into print? I would LOVE to read what you have!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celtic_Crippler
    Any plans on finishing it and getting into print? I would LOVE to read what you have!

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    I agree, would like to read it also
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celtic_Crippler
    Any plans on finishing it and getting into print? I would LOVE to read what you have!

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    We have police officers as students (imagine that ) and my instructor was a former police officer in OK. What are the chances of me getting my grubby little hands on some of this material? Is the video series for sale? =)
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