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    Default Hello, I'm new to KenpoTalk..

    This seems to be the appropriate forum for me to be posting in at the moment.

    I'll take a moment to introduce myself a little.

    I started studying American Kenpo in 1993. Since everybody seems to be interested in this kind of information, my school taught 60 Ed Parker Techniques, Short 1-3 and Long 1-4, up to Student Black. In addition to that my school also taught some grappling as part of our regular curriculm. Additional classes could be taken in Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu, Zen Budoki Judo/Jujitsu and weapons classes.

    I hold a 1st Degree in American Kenpo and Black Sash in Kung Fu. I was close to testing for my Black Belt in Judo/Jujitsu and my 2nd Degree in American Kenpo.

    About 6 years ago life got in the way. The whole get married, have a kid, etc. In that time my Sensei closed his school to persue a different business venture.

    I had never intended to remove karate from my life, but there we no other kenpo schools in my area. So when my Sensei called me about a Kenpo school opening a new location near by and looking for instructors I jumped at the opportunity.

    I'm very glad to be involved in the Marital Arts again, and especially to be continuing my study of Kenpo.

    I run the day to day operation of the school. Since this location is still pretty new, all of my students are white and yellow belts. The owner divides his time between his schools teaching the instructors and higher ranks.

    So anyways, that's a little introduction of me.

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    Welcome Bagheera...both back into the Kenpo fold in general, and to the KenpoTalk forum. How quickly did you notice the rust and cobwebs falling away to reveal the techniques lying unused beneath? Were you completely inactive during your hiatus? Or simply practiced alone? At lest you have access to a Senior for review. I started a new school, far away from the home school once upon a time. Without having senior students or teachers to work advanced technique with, it was quite some time before I had coaxed and nurtured new students up to the point I could work some of the advanced forms and such. Our particular branch has a particularly long and sophisticated 2 man form, (Think form 4 both sides, exchanging full techniques instead of single strike-block-counterstrike moves like Book Set/Twin Shadows) The form is very difficult to even practice without a partner and was all but lost, before I raised students to the level to work with it. It took a great deal of meditation/hypnosis to reconstruct the form in it's entirety from memory. So I am always interested to hear how others fair. Even though I never cesed training, I was in some ways removed from some of the advanced techniques for a spell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SifuDangeRuss View Post
    Welcome Bagheera...both back into the Kenpo fold in general, and to the KenpoTalk forum. How quickly did you notice the rust and cobwebs falling away to reveal the techniques lying unused beneath? Were you completely inactive during your hiatus? Or simply practiced alone?
    Thank you for your welcome. ;-) I was mostly inactive for the past 6 years. I was juggling work, college, a wedding, and then being newly married at the time. I was trying to stay in my Kenpo class by the scheduled time wasn't working. So I was trying to persue a black belt in Judo and Jujitsu when I found out I was pregnant. Since I couldn't do all the falling from the Judo I had to set that aside.

    I did teach in an after school enrichement program at the local schools both while I was pregnant and for a short time after. It was really basic, no uniforms, no belts, just the basic moves.

    My first week training again back in the spring was really rough. Of course I went full blown, or rather tried to and hurt my hamstring for about a month. lol! I should have known better.

    This school I'm teaching at now is a little different than my previous one. We do fewer American Kenpo techniques, only 30, but we put a lot of emphasis on principles in the begining. My other school started with the motion, then you added more principle study in Black Belt prep.

    At lest you have access to a Senior for review. I started a new school, far away from the home school once upon a time. Without having senior students or teachers to work advanced technique with, it was quite some time before I had coaxed and nurtured new students up to the point I could work some of the advanced forms and such.
    I know the feeling. I can from a very big school. I moved up thru the ranks, testing with the same people, and now I have no one my equal to work with. My students are all new and learning from my senior isn't the same as being in a class of 10-12 and getting to work one technique over and over till you've rounded off the rough spots with a partner. Doing it in the air by yourself just isn't the same.

    Our particular branch has a particularly long and sophisticated 2 man form, (Think form 4 both sides, exchanging full techniques instead of single strike-block-counterstrike moves like Book Set/Twin Shadows)
    I remember doing a two man form. That was awesome. We also had one for Jujitsu. I really miss my previous training partner.

    The form is very difficult to even practice without a partner and was all but lost, before I raised students to the level to work with it. It took a great deal of meditation/hypnosis to reconstruct the form in it's entirety from memory. So I am always interested to hear how others fair. Even though I never cesed training, I was in some ways removed from some of the advanced techniques for a spell.

    Again...welcome pick up your straight jacket and make yourself at home at this humble asylum...
    That's amazing that you were able to recreate the form from memory. I remembered basic motions, favorite techniques, some names and such but I certainly couldn't remember all 60 techniques and no way would I remember Long 4 after 6 years.

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    Welcome to KT.
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    Greetings and salutations! Glad you're back into Kenpo and I look forward to your posts.
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    I'm really glad you're here!

    Tara (Shodan) and I would love to work out with you!

    We just opened a school in Rancho Cordova and would welcome you totally.

    Send me a PM and we can chat.

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    Even though I'm fairly new myself to KT, I can safely say, WELCOME!
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    Good intro and welcome to KT.
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    Welcome to KT. I just started back in myself a couple of months ago. Like you life got in the way marraige, kids, job. It is still tough to find the time to practice but, I do it. My wife finally agreed that it was something that I needed to do. As she put, "You are much more fun to be around when you are training." Must have something to do with stress relief.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bagheera47 View Post
    This seems to be the appropriate forum for me to be posting in at the moment.

    I'll take a moment to introduce myself a little.

    I started studying American Kenpo in 1993. Since everybody seems to be interested in this kind of information, my school taught 60 Ed Parker Techniques, Short 1-3 and Long 1-4, up to Student Black. In addition to that my school also taught some grappling as part of our regular curriculm. Additional classes could be taken in Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu, Zen Budoki Judo/Jujitsu and weapons classes.

    I hold a 1st Degree in American Kenpo and Black Sash in Kung Fu. I was close to testing for my Black Belt in Judo/Jujitsu and my 2nd Degree in American Kenpo.

    About 6 years ago life got in the way. The whole get married, have a kid, etc. In that time my Sensei closed his school to persue a different business venture.

    I had never intended to remove karate from my life, but there we no other kenpo schools in my area. So when my Sensei called me about a Kenpo school opening a new location near by and looking for instructors I jumped at the opportunity.

    I'm very glad to be involved in the Marital Arts again, and especially to be continuing my study of Kenpo.

    I run the day to day operation of the school. Since this location is still pretty new, all of my students are white and yellow belts. The owner divides his time between his schools teaching the instructors and higher ranks.

    So anyways, that's a little introduction of me.
    Please don't take this question to be overly offensive, but how can only 60 techniques and the required forms, be considered to be a 1st Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo. There are a clear guideleines as to what a 1st degree entails and all of the techniques to purple belt and some forms does not click as to what mymind registers as a Black Belt in American Kenpo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Broad View Post
    Please don't take this question to be overly offensive, but how can only 60 techniques and the required forms, be considered to be a 1st Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo. There are a clear guideleines as to what a 1st degree entails and all of the techniques to purple belt and some forms does not click as to what mymind registers as a Black Belt in American Kenpo.
    Well, doesn't the ICKA or whatever it is only have 55? Mind you, I'm not supporting the dramatically cut down curriculum, but I'm just making the comparison.

    The current school where she is working has only 30. This concerns me more. Thirty techniques, to me, is not enough to train the body to move in the full gammute of possibilities.

    But then again, I'm a glutton. More is better.

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