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    Below you'll read the words of Mr. Parker describing one of his students. Your job (should you decide to accept it) is to name the student.

    Your only clue is . . . it isn't me, but the "didn't interrupt" thing would have given that away anyway.

    Ed Parker describing his students:

    He listened intently to what I had to say and didn't interrupt. He was always attentive, congenial, and enthused about new knowledge. No matter what the subject or who was teaching it, he remained attentive, curious, and fully engrossed in the topic at hand.

    He was an intense person; when the sprit moved him, he would study for days on end. Determination was a big part of his character. He prodded, pried and questioned.

    He was not only interested in how, but in why as well. He was intrigued with the logic of what I taught. He enjoyed my analogies to life's experiences, which helped him understand Kenpo's principles more precisely.

    He appreciated the realistic approaches to encounters. There were occasions when he wanted to feel the moves, wanted to be hit. He wanted to be assured that the moves he was being taught really worked.

    Who is Mr. Parker referring to . . . and would your teacher describe you in this same way?
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    I know the answer, and so will keep quiet so others can play.

    And no...I don't think any of my teachers would describe me so favorably.

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    Default Re: Who is this student of Kenpo?

    Im gonna guess it may be HUK
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    I would have to say Elvis, the passage reminds me of Inside Elvis by Ed Parker.
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    Default Re: Who is this student of Kenpo?

    A couple of the phrases point to HUK ...


    He was not only interested in how, but in why as well

    He appreciated the realistic approaches to encounters.

    He was an intense person


    Of course, like the information pulled out of a Tarot deck, these phrases could probably equally describe any of the students that we still know of in the Kenpo World.

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    I think Rob may have the answer now that I think about it, it does sound familiar
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    The rest of the story . . . .

    Actually, this is the first portion of Ed Parker story, which answers the question of: "Who is this student of Kenpo?"

    I should have made the question more difficult, but I not only forgot that Rob could read, but that he actually reads "books".

    On an afternoon in 1960, I gave a demonstration for a group of physicians at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Those who had gathered to see my and my students were full of enthusiasm, and were extremely amazed and pleased with our demonstration.

    As the group began to leave, I was shocked to see Elvis Presley present in the audience with his entourage and friends. Elvis approached me and said "I don't think you know me, but my name is Elvis Presley." I laughed inwardly, impressed by his humility. We went out by the hotel pool and spent about three hours talking. That day was the beginning of a close friendship that endured for 17 years.

    Elvis told me of his great interest in karate. He mentioned that he had studied karate on a limited scale while in the army. He also mentioned that his mother had been very protective of him. He was not allowed to participate in any athletic activities at school or on the playground; the possibility of his being injured was his mother's constant fear.

    He regretted not having participated in football or other athletic activities while he was in school, and he desired to participate in a contact sport.
    Elvis felt that karate was the answer to his years of inactivity. He said he had noticed that my system was obviously innovative.

    He had been introduced to a rigid, traditional style of karate while stationed in West Germany, but preferred the fluidity of my style's movements. Noting my system's diverse methods of attack and defense, he said "It's obvious that you are a rebel in your field, as I am in mine." That was a great compliment, and was one of the points that solidified our friendship.

    Not long after, he began training with me in Kenpo.

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    Must've been something in the air during that era. Many preconceived notions were turned on their head in those days.
    I have no doubt that SGM Parker could have been born yesterday, and still could have found a way to go foward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich_Hale View Post
    The rest of the story . . . .



    I should have made the question more difficult, but I not only forgot that Rob could read, but that he actually reads "books".
    Yes I read books, I have tried my hand at writing books, and when the mood strikes me I even color in books, I have an amazing crayon collection.



    Please sir, ask another question, I will try my best to refrain from answering.
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    [quote=Rich_Hale;64825]Below you'll read the words of Mr. Parker describing one of his students. Your job (should you decide to accept it) is to name the student.
    I am going to take a shot, and say Jay T. Will?

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    The has already been given
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    Well obviously I was wrong. I said Mr.Will cause Mr.Parker was speaking in past tense verbage, and I tried to think of a well known kenpoist who had passed before Mr.Parker. What can I say, I took a shot.


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    Never hurts to try, as long as you learn something in the process.

    Quote Originally Posted by kenpochrstn View Post
    Well obviously I was wrong. I said Mr.Will cause Mr.Parker was speaking in past tense verbage, and I tried to think of a well known kenpoist who had passed before Mr.Parker. What can I say, I took a shot.


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    I appreciate your mentioning Jay T. Will as he was one of the big guns of the old (Kenpo) west, that many may not have heard much about.

    It was a good guess.

    Just a short list of magazine covers he was on:

    Official Karate (Summer 1974)
    Black Belt (March 1975)
    Official Karate (Oct. 1977)
    Official Karate (1978 Yearbook)
    Black Belt (May 1978)
    Inside Kung Fu (June 1980)
    Official Karate (April 1985)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich_Hale View Post
    I appreciate your mentioning Jay T. Will as he was one of the big guns of the old (Kenpo) west, that many may not have heard much about.

    It was a good guess.

    Just a short list of magazine covers he was on:

    Official Karate (Summer 1974)
    Black Belt (March 1975)
    Official Karate (Oct. 1977)
    Official Karate (1978 Yearbook)
    Black Belt (May 1978)
    Inside Kung Fu (June 1980)
    Official Karate (April 1985)
    I have Jay T. Will's cable TV series. Very interesting viewing.
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    Here is another question to keep this thread going. Which Kenpo senior was reluctant to try a his first lesson because he was worried about hurting his hands which would affect his ability to play guitar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Broad View Post
    Here is another question to keep this thread going. Which Kenpo senior was reluctant to try a his first lesson because he was worried about hurting his hands which would affect his ability to play guitar.
    If my memory is up to par (and it isn't always ) I believe that this is referring to Mr. Planas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Bo View Post
    If my memory is up to par (and it isn't always ) I believe that this is referring to Mr. Planas.
    Ding, ding, ding. We have a winner. I guess I'll have to come up with one that is a little harder.

    Which person in the Journey almost quit training because she was getting pummeled every class and didn't think they was tough enough to take Karate. A second hint: They carried the Olympic Flame a couple years ago.
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    [quote=Rich_Hale;65622]I appreciate your mentioning Jay T. Will as he was one of the big guns of the old (Kenpo) west, that many may not have heard much about.

    Mr.Hale,

    Well he was one of the early big guns in full contact karate too. Most of the big PKA matches I remember reading about, or watching Mr.Will was the center ref.. I think I read that it was Mr.Will that Mr.Parker approached to get his opinion on whether "kenpo" would work in the full contact ring? I believe he also had the distinction of being one of the few kenpo 7th blks that Mr.Parker promoted? I was also one of the guys who enjoyed his books. I hope that he is at peace...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Broad View Post
    Ding, ding, ding. We have a winner. I guess I'll have to come up with one that is a little harder.

    Which person in the Journey almost quit training because she was getting pummeled every class and didn't think they was tough enough to take Karate. A second hint: They carried the Olympic Flame a couple years ago.
    easy one rob that would be Mrs.C
    Parker/Planas Lineage
    Presas/Hartman Arnis
    Hartsell/Irish JKD

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