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    I'm curious as to when Mr. Ed Parker became referred to as Master Ed Parker. I've heard that he personally rejected the Master title but nevertheless was regarded as a Master by many. At what point or year did this occur?

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    I'm curious as to when Mr. Ed Parker became referred to as Master Ed Parker. I've heard that he personally rejected the Master title but nevertheless was regarded as a Master by many. At what point or year did this occur?
    When TRACOPAR broke up, it became an issue.
    Also Mastering Tsing Tao.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelson View Post
    I'm curious as to when Mr. Ed Parker became referred to as Master Ed Parker. I've heard that he personally rejected the Master title but nevertheless was regarded as a Master by many. At what point or year did this occur?
    Mr. Parker HATED being called "master" anything but students had been calling him that since he opened his first school in Pasadena in 1956. Unlike many who clung to titles or addressed themselves as "sifu," 'sensei," "master" whatever or some other nonsense, he always introduced himself as simply, "Ed Parker."

    People would call the house and say, "This is master so-and-so." Mr. Parker would say "Mister who?" Every time they would say "master," he would say "mister." You'd be surprised how much that bothered some people. He felt that titles must be earned but had no meaning unless others felt you deserved it. "You can call yourself anything, "he said, "but if you have to give yourself a title, than you have no real title at all." Others called him "Master," "Professor," "Grandmaster," "Senior Grandmaster," etc.

    For him the term "master" had a religious connotation and he would always say, "There's only one Master, and I am not him. I put my pants on one leg at a time, and I ride the porcelain pony once a day." Martial arts titles are worthless to everyone but your own students. He never used them and neither do I. He allowed their use in his system for teachers and students, but like rank it was a necessary evil catering to egos to be commercially successful.
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    Mr. Paker HATED this video, but it shows how primitive the first iteration of "Kenpo Karate" was, and still is.
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    Thanks for your insight Doc!

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