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    The Heretic of Kenpo
    Ed Parker's Son


    A man can never have enough tools.
    So what is the rationale behind the direction of my life focus? After my Dad was no longer here I began to research alternatives to my Dad's system of Kenpo. In the early days of my research and development, I started calling what I was doing “passive Kenpo.” It went over like a lead balloon. I was emotionally tarred and feathered for the suggestion and the direction.
    This was when I became known as the “Heretic of Kenpo.”

    I was young and naive. I thought my idea would be understood and respected. I was wrong. I was the new Benedict Arnold to my Dad’s system, or so they said. Even my siblings felt so. I have pushed forward against the tide of criticism as that is my nature. Reminds me of my Dad’s nature. So I took a step back and looked at my idea from a distance macroscopically.

    This was in my head. My Dad embedded it within me with a need to look for new angles and discover the undiscovered. It was from his head to mine. When my Dad was in town, we talked for hours each day about how to present his ideas to his following and we worked together an ungodly amount of hours in his laboratory, searching for the best possible way to present his mindset and vision. He was a perfectionist after all. So am I. Just look at my artwork and that becomes obvious. It was imperative that I get inside my Dad’s head and understand what he envisioned. It was a magical time for me.

    In the early 1980’s my Dad cut short my personal life quest when he called me in Hawaii and asked me to leave my dream job on the Hollywood set of Magnum PI. He told me that he needed me to document his life work back home in Pasadena, California. It was my Dad's belief that he was going to die. So I chose to return home and join my Dad in his quest. I had nearly a decade working at my Dad’s side before he died for which I am forever grateful.

    My Dad said often," my son is my right hand, my wife is my left, which foot would you like to be?" My Dad didn’t just listen to me, he had me help him by illustrating, designing, and publishing, along with applying many of the ideas I presented to him in his system.

    He called me to his side because of the unique talents and skills that I had developed in my extensive education and training as an illustrator and artist. He mined my thoughts and ideas like a drill sergeant and he knew that I was fluent in the Kenpo world language, visuals, and concepts. The unique talents and gifts my dad and I had naturally merged in the last decade of Ed Parker Sr.’s life as he also learned a lot of tools from my trade.


    Opposites.

    My dad's focus was to go microscopic with the base altercation. My focus was to go macroscopic with his research. My Dad made me a pioneer because he was a pioneer. Ed Parker Sr. lived and breathed innovations and ideas, then he put them all in categories. I deeply believe that my dad is proud of me because I followed the path of rebel and innovator that he cut. When I was 19 years old I drew a picture of my dad which sold 50,000 copies and distributed internationally. My Dad would be the first to say that I am far more of a mind than someone who just paints pretty pictures.

    With my Dad was gone I had to walk a solitary and uphill journey. I walked the journey alone but hundreds of my Dad's offspring influenced me. After my dad died, I did private and public training with three of my dad’s students; Frank Trejo, Huk Planas, and Ron Chapél, also known as ‘Doc.’ Doc was one of my greatest influences. He was in law enforcement and the years of our real life training opportunities together is something I will forever cherish.

    I was also influenced by the Russian Art Systema as I did training with Vladimir Vasiliev, Martin Wheeler, and Frank Fileti. Martin and Frank were Kenpoists at first and they introduced me to Vladimir. For close to a decade I had a teacher to student, student to teacher training relationship with Frank Soto in which I will forever be grateful for the lessons shared.

    I lived a Forest Gump type lifestyle for three decades in the martial arts world taking the best of each martial art style I was exposed to whether it be the Chinese, Japanese, Filipino arts or many other arts from masters around the world, all in single service private lessons. It was a LOT of information and training for my mind to digest.

    Always in the back of my mind was my Dad’s voice drilling into my head that discoveries come from something as simple as asking “what if?” It was my Dad who taught me about opposites and reverses. My Dad taught me to get my mind out of the box. He taught me not to get caught up in routine. My Dad showed me how to expand my mind and point of view. With my dad gone I was left with one option:

    Play off the opposite angle.

    So the inevitable happened. I asked myself what is the opposite option for aggressive solutions? According to the laws of the universe there is direction and redirection, action and reaction. Passive is not a word that the martial arts world relate to. So what? Pick a word you like. The science, physics, and kinetics are all there. Let’s just go with the concept of a combative self-defense and a non-combative self-defense. It is a reasonable quest.

    The questions I pondered:

    1. How much attention does the free press give self-defense in today’s world?
    2. What is the opposite of Martial Arts?
    3. Where did the name Martial Arts come from?
    4. Is there a Roman god of peace?
    5. What is the philosophy of martial arts?
    6. Can an alternative to the martial arts solution be discovered providing a win/win outcome?


    My Answers:

    1. Martial arts was played to death in the 1970’s. I don’t see much access to the free press. They have other agendas.
    2. Nothing that I found within my research.
    3. The god of war, Mars, was the inspiration for the name martial arts.
    4. Yes, her name was Pax. She was the Roman Goddess of Peace.
    5. The philosophy of martial arts is a win/lose philosophy.
    6. Yes.

    There is plenty of resistance to talking about my creation of the Paxtial Arts. Those outside the martial arts world in areas of education, the medical industry, peacekeepers of all kinds, veterans, and families seeking a peaceable life are just a small list of those excited about this movement. There are greater numbers of those interested in new and innovative ideas for self-defense that is peaceful than those who are not interested. Detractors of great and culture changing ideas have always been there and they always will be, but that never stops a great idea rooted in universal truths.

    It was all there in my Dad’s notes; discoveries that he did not have time to make. He told me before he died that his category named “other” was there in opposites and reverse. My Dad told me that this category was for me to work and find discoveries in. Well, I did.
    The perfect people to learn and teach this system are martial artists, but to train in it one has to adopt the philosophy of a win/win within the training. A win/win outcome is a very difficult challenge to present to a martial artist philosophically although I have seen the exuberance and excitement that is a natural response when those who have experienced the Paxtial Arts training experience first hand that it is a science and it does work. It has been described as an “out of body experience." This is the natural evolution of the art of self-defense.

    My Dad’s book Infinite Insights Into Kenpo states in the first chapter;

    “a mind is like unto a parachute — it only works when it is open”

    along with the great Chinese Taoist philosopher Chuan Tzu’s quote;
    "Never be like the frog at the bottom of the well who when looking up at the sky thinks that the sky he sees is all there is to heaven.”

    In Ed Parker's Infinite Insights Into Kenpo, Mental Stimulation; the closing paragraph of book one, chapter one, page 6 - my Dad states:
    "Do not discard any subject until you have made an honest, conscientious, and diligent attempt to incorporate it. REPEATED ADVICE - never discard knowledge that is not applicable to you, but store it. The day may come when that knowledge could be taught to someone who can apply it; who knows - that individual may be your own child.”

    So to those who quote my Dad often, what say you? Can you make an honest conscientious and diligent attempt to look at what Ed Parker’s son discovered during the thousands of hours that I spent looking through the eyes of my Dad and recording his vision?

    I am not telling you to incorporate it. I am asking you to look at it and consider that it is knowledge with added tools that you can incorporate into your own craft and business. Tools that can bring more revenue into your schools. Tools that can be used so that your children and grandchildren’s future might find balance in the whole coin, considering that there are two sides to this craft of self-defense according to the universal laws of physics, anatomy, and science.

    There is a solid reason that the public school system in several states is scheduled to incorporate the Paxtial Arts Formula. It really is a win/win and martial artists really are the only ones who logically should deliver this culture changing and educational key to evolution and progression of self-defense.

    So I give you my permission to quote me, Ed Parker Sr.’s only son, the Heretic of Kenpo...

    We can never have enough tools.
    "Nothing is more dangerous than the conscientiously ignorant, or the sincerely stupid." - Martin Luther King Jr.

    "Knowledge speaks but wisdom listens." - Ed Parker Sr.

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    I like the phrase "The heretic of kenpo" . Lol I'm glad that I took an honest look at this concept and plan on doing so in the future as the flesh is added to the bones. I hope that many others will give "peace a chance"? As I've stated before I'm an old dog a "romper stomper" if you will. There is no reason why an old dog can't learn new tricks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelson View Post
    I like the phrase "The heretic of kenpo" . Lol I'm glad that I took an honest look at this concept and plan on doing so in the future as the flesh is added to the bones. I hope that many others will give "peace a chance"? As I've stated before I'm an old dog a "romper stomper" if you will. There is no reason why an old dog can't learn new tricks.
    Truth be told, I am the Original Kenpo Heretic so Edmund inherited much from me because of my relationship with his father and the way he taught me to think and perform as well. So as much as he claims the title, much of the blame can be laid at my feet. The "Kenpo Community" that didn't really know either one of us had presumed they knew all there was to Mr. Parker's thought process and his art and failed miserably to grasp the depth of his knowledge and his command of multiple perspectives. Ed Parker's Kenpo Karate was just one of them and its structure made it the most popular and recognizable. They treated him poorly for many years, and some still question him because he doesn't conform to what they think is the Kenpo Paradigm. Some want to control that because that is where they draw their credibility. Martial Identity is important but only on a commercial level. The smart ones look past the labels and examine the content effectiveness, and how it could possibly improve their own understanding and knowledge.
    "Nothing is more dangerous than the conscientiously ignorant, or the sincerely stupid." - Martin Luther King Jr.

    "Knowledge speaks but wisdom listens." - Ed Parker Sr.

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    This reads as a sad story that can end in triumph for all parties if the constant crap over lineages and who is the rightful heir to the "kingship" of kenpo can be given the heave ho! Let's support Ed and his own "brain child" of Paxtail and see where it goes. I invite other skeptics to do the same!

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    My first instructor always talked about this, he would say, "There is the side you need when your car dies in the wrong part of Detroit, and then there is the side you need when your drunk uncle Charlie is itching for a fight and you don't want to hurt him".

    Along the lines, I came up with the "AMP" response that I taught to my students. Aggressive, Medium, Passive responses to their techniques based on targeting and the totality of the circumstances.

    I also think that for many people, they spend so much time knowing how to hurt people that they look for ways to control and protect (yes, even protecting the attacker in some cases) when and if a situation can allow it. BUT, as the old saying goes, "if all you have is a hammer..."

    I really see the RBSD crowd marketing to the worst case possible of every situation and not teaching other solutions. Oh, they will preface what they show with, "this is for a life or death situation" but every thing they train is "life or death".
    "For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer."

    Romans 13:4

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    Sorry, should have read:

    AMP: Aggressive, MODERATE, Passive
    "For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer."

    Romans 13:4

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    Quote Originally Posted by punisher73 View Post
    My first instructor always talked about this, he would say, "There is the side you need when your car dies in the wrong part of Detroit, and then there is the side you need when your drunk uncle Charlie is itching for a fight and you don't want to hurt him".

    Along the lines, I came up with the "AMP" response that I taught to my students. Aggressive, Medium, Passive responses to their techniques based on targeting and the totality of the circumstances.

    I also think that for many people, they spend so much time knowing how to hurt people that they look for ways to control and protect (yes, even protecting the attacker in some cases) when and if a situation can allow it. BUT, as the old saying goes, "if all you have is a hammer..."

    I really see the RBSD crowd marketing to the worst case possible of every situation and not teaching other solutions. Oh, they will preface what they show with, "this is for a life or death situation" but every thing they train is "life or death".
    What system are/were you teaching?

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    Quote Originally Posted by punisher73 View Post
    My first instructor always talked about this, he would say, "There is the side you need when your car dies in the wrong part of Detroit, and then there is the side you need when your drunk uncle Charlie is itching for a fight and you don't want to hurt him".

    Along the lines, I came up with the "AMP" response that I taught to my students. Aggressive, Medium, Passive responses to their techniques based on targeting and the totality of the circumstances.

    I also think that for many people, they spend so much time knowing how to hurt people that they look for ways to control and protect (yes, even protecting the attacker in some cases) when and if a situation can allow it. BUT, as the old saying goes, "if all you have is a hammer..."

    I really see the RBSD crowd marketing to the worst case possible of every situation and not teaching other solutions. Oh, they will preface what they show with, "this is for a life or death situation" but every thing they train is "life or death".
    People like you and I, particular being in law enforcement see things differently because it is engrained in our training. Doesn't mean we don't have the means to do some real damage, (up to and including deadly force), but we also know with your actions can come some pretty severe consequences. Not to mention there is something immoral about blinding a guy for a single punch or collapsing his windpipe for putting his hand on your shoulder aggressively. (See written versions of Five Swords, or Sword and Hammer)

    Part of the culture of commercially based motion Kenpo Karate is predicated on the flawed philosophy inherent in its curriculum that more is better and therefore advanced. If you're "advanced" you should be able to do more damage not less. But, the reality pointed out to me by Mr. Parker in the sixties as I got out of the academy is, truly advanced and skilled martial artist get more done, with less and only injure when necessary. But he also pointed out that kind of skill and level of achievement is the most difficult and defines what advanced truly is about. Most will never get there, and that especially holds true within the confines of Ed Parker's Kenpo Karate which operates philosophically differently.

    I asked Mr. Parker how he reconciled this difference. He said, "Ed Parker's Kenpo Karate" is a self-defense system designed to give the average person defensive skills they didn't have before they walked into the studio, therefore It has a low ceiling of achievability. However, if it saves one person, child, woman, mother, sister, man, dad, brother from a serious injury it has done its job as intended. The parameters are set by the student as to how far they want to go. The smart ones will realize when they have reached as far as they can go, and will move on to more advanced knowledge, and that is true of all arts.

    The confines of the system are not within what is taught but within the mind of the student, and only they are responsible for what they learn and how it is used. Mr. Parker went onto say, "You carry a gun don't you Ron?" "All the time!" I said. Every time you have a confrontation do you shoot someone?" As a layperson in the arts that MAY be acceptable in the beginning, but as you mature and develop in the arts, you should begin to question that methodology in favor of a more real life perspective. When you first enter Kenpo Karate, everyone is a "gunslinger" tiger. You're supposed to mature at least mentally if not physically into a "dragon" and seek better. Doesn't take a lot of skill to poke someone in the eye. The skill comes in NOT poking them in the eyes.

    Edmund continues to refine the material NOT found in Ed Parker's Kenpo Karate to add to your skills. What's so bad about that?
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    From the "war" perspective that I come from I was a shining example of the "hammer" to which everything was a nail, in fact many of my Middle Eastern friends still jokingly call me the "sha-ku-sha" hammer in Arabic. However, this outlook and physical habits were extremely limited and immoral outside of the "war/combat" situation and life repeatedly put me out of context with appropriate responses. While attending a particular training course, I got up to use the bathroom and started making my way down the row when a fellow associate jokingly threw a low uppercut to my abdomen but knowing only 0-100 I drove my fingers into his eye socket, as far as I know the damage was not permanent but he did have to wear an eye patch for the rest of the year long course and put medicine in his eye regularly.

    Even recently I stopped at a gas station while traveling with A C Rainey on our way to visit friends in Oregon. The key to the bathroom was on a long metal bar and it was dark, as I opened the bathroom door and stepped outside their was an old woman standing just behind the door and she startled me, causing my arm, holding the metal bar to fly toward her temple with deadly force, by the grace of God I managed to jerk my arm back out of range nearly pulling it out of its socket to keep from killing her, lucky for me it happened so fast the elderly women didn't seem to notice what just happened and I handed her the key and hurried to my car.

    When I learned that Ed Parker was living in Oregon and saw the latest charts showing Paxial Arts side by side with the Martial Art of Kenpo I was intrigued and decided to journey to meet this reclusive artist. It is one thing to watch a video or read about someones approach and another to have them in front of you, showing you and answering your questions. What I walked away with besides a new friendship was a true appreciation for Ed Parker's innovation, really for someone like me, it is exactly what the doctor ordered, sure I enjoy refining the Kenpo/Martial side of the art but having additional tools that take me out of the "win-live lose-die" mindset will be necessary if I don't want to end up in prison for accidentally killing someone the next time I feel endangered. It was different from arts like Aikido where your trying to blend with a committed attack and also it still has a win-lose mind-set, it not like Chin Na either in that your not locking and restraining, rather it is takes certain scientific discoveries about how the body and brain communicate and subtly disrupts them in such a way that often the aggressor blames their own clumsiness for their failed attempts at aggression. The Martial option is always their a split second away if needed... anyway i can't do it justice in a post but I thought I'd share my experience.

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    Thank you for your perspective, Sami. Much appreciated.

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    Using the science of human anatomy in all things to execute various degrees of martial applications. Damn, why didn't I think of that!
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    Doesn't all this come under the old-fashioned notion that a real martial artist should have the ability to control their response in a given situation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdparsons View Post
    Doesn't all this come under the old-fashioned notion that a real martial artist should have the ability to control their response in a given situation?

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    That's something you have been saying all along isn't?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdparsons View Post
    Doesn't all this come under the old-fashioned notion that a real martial artist should have the ability to control their response in a given situation?

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    Yes but not all do, those who approach mastery of what they do can tone it down when they are not reacting to surprise... sure but their are plenty of children out there learning to punch and kick each other in vital areas and no knowledge of how to tone anything down and Paxial can give them those tools.

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