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    Today, we are finally giving many of the ideas of TCM the recognition they deserve. Advances in nutrition, sports medicine, training equipment etc abound.

    If Mr. Parker had lived, with the advances in science, our knowledge of ourselves, and sports-training theory, where do you think he might have steered the art?
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    It's hard to say where he could have taken the arts. Clearly he was a man that did not fear change, which is one of the greater aspects of his kenpo. I do think though, despite advances in science and understanding of human anatomy I think he would have discovered just as much if given more time, and technology remained the same.

    But looking at the differences each particular lineage has I think we can see many of the possibilities that he would have explored.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Hubbard
    Today, we are finally giving many of the ideas of TCM the recognition they deserve. Advances in nutrition, sports medicine, training equipment etc abound.

    If Mr. Parker had lived, with the advances in science, our knowledge of ourselves, and sports-training theory, where do you think he might have steered the art?
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    Myself majoring in Nurtrition I think he would not only start taking care of himself better, he would also pass it on to his students because it would have helped him out so much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Hubbard
    Today, we are finally giving many of the ideas of TCM the recognition they deserve. Advances in nutrition, sports medicine, training equipment etc abound.

    If Mr. Parker had lived, with the advances in science, our knowledge of ourselves, and sports-training theory, where do you think he might have steered the art?
    Please excuse a non-AK poster here, but from what I can tell, isn't SL-4 Kenpo incorporating many of those influences (especailly TCM)? And from what I have read these influences came directly from Mr. Parker. Pressure Point techniques are proliferating quickly through many styles today (with varying success). Would this have motivated him to incorporate this material into the mainstream of Kenpo?

    What impact would the UFC and more broadly the rise of MMA have had on Mr. Parker's material? I know he had a ju-jutsu or judo background, and so understood the need for defenses against those types of attacks... would he have emphasized these more in response to the rise in popularity of grappling among un-trained perpetrators of violence?

    Does anyone have any stories about Mr. Parker and George Dillman?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Hubbard
    Today, we are finally giving many of the ideas of TCM the recognition they deserve. Advances in nutrition, sports medicine, training equipment etc abound.

    If Mr. Parker had lived, with the advances in science, our knowledge of ourselves, and sports-training theory, where do you think he might have steered the art?
    :// Oh I definitely think that he would have incorporated many of the things that you speak of. All of the these responses hit on the very type of inovator/teacher that he was. I also think that many of his Black Belts took the lead in creating a more "game day" preparedness for all the students. Many persons, without knowing it began to utilize certain, albeit primitive, methods of strengthening and explosive exercises to increase the effectiveness of our techniques, i.e. the wearing of arm and leg weights prior to fighting in tournament, or in visiting guest schools. Heavy bag "benches" for ground fighting, and so on.
    In a recent conversation with Tom Bleecker, we spoke of the 30 year old Ed Parker, in his Judo gi, fit, strong with attitude. That was an experience.
    For me, nutrition is number one, since it keeps the adipose tissue, well most of it, off and the energy level high. Weight training, tons of bag work, and as much close in work as possible. This too, was one of his strengths and was impressive to see, but even more to feel..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Hubbard View Post
    Today, we are finally giving many of the ideas of TCM the recognition they deserve. Advances in nutrition, sports medicine, training equipment etc abound.

    If Mr. Parker had lived, with the advances in science, our knowledge of ourselves, and sports-training theory, where do you think he might have steered the art?
    I think that what we are reading in Mr. Parker's (Sr.'s) unpublished notes gives us many great clues about this.
    Has anyone else read through them yet? They are GREAT.

    Ok, now I sound like Tony the Tiger..


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    Personally, I've been finding them very interesting reading. I think it's one of the reasons why his art has lasted and continued to grow since his passing.
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