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    Default Who am I, good question.

    Please forgive me, I have been dispensing observations and advise based on my years in Kenpo and the martial arts without providing my background.
    Sometimes when you've been who you are for a long time you forget that others don't know you, and you chatter on like they do. I hope my voice will still be welcome on Kenpotalk..SO Hello, my name is Kit.
    In a nut shell: 1. I've never studied under Ed Parker but I knew him well.
    2. All my kenpo instructors were third or fourth generation.
    3. All my tournament experience was western state.
    4. My background in kenpo is a Parker Tracy mix.
    5. I currently own the Ashland FItness Studio in Ashland, Oregon where I continue to teach Chinese Kenpo Karate exactly as I learned it.

    I began my martial training under Sensei Rodeahorse in Judo in 1966, San Jose state college (I was still in high school at the time, it was just the place to study). My kenpo began in 1967 under third generation instructor Larry Robbins, Cupertino, California, then Jeff Williams Palo Alto Ca. and received my 3rd black under Rod Martin about 1970-71. 72-74 I studied under Roger Anderson, Spokane Washington. I then moved to Montana, Red Lodge and studied under Old time instructor John Decesare. I moved back to California in 1987 and in 1988 had the great pleasure of meeting Ed Parker in Santa Cruz, he had just finished a Seminar at a local kenpo school there( sorry not sure which school, but I have the tape, funny it doesn't say which school) I was then 5th dan Under Decesare. Master parker and I spent hours talking But I got only pointers no official lesson or promotion. I settled in Monterey California and traveled back and forth between David Kawamoto in S F bay area and my own school in monterey until 1993. I received my 8th dan from sensei Kawamoto. Looking back, all my kenpo instruction came from third and forth generation sensei. During the years from 1967 and 1993 I studied Praying Mantis under Paul Eng in Sunnyvale California, and Kendo under Kiro Namba.

    I hope that knowing my background will in some way provide a ligitimacy to my advise and observations.

    Kit

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    Welcome to KenpoTalk Kit.
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    Greetings Kit,

    Welcome to KT. You've been all over the Bay Area all the way up to Washington state. Nice and green up there. Nice to meet you.

    Cheers.
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    Thank you for giving us an idea of who you are and where you've been.
    I appreciate it.

    May I ask, I was curious about your point #1.
    How is it that you knew Mr. Parker very well?

    thanks

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    Thanks for introducing yourself, Kit. Hope you're enjoying the forum.

    Respectfully,
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    Hi Kit!

    Are you currently teaching out of your fitness center? I thought you had, but in your pm to me, you sounded like it wasn't so much of a school.

    I hope it is since I will definitely be in the area and I would love love love to visit while I'm on vacation.

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    Hi and Welcome to KT!
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    Welcome to KenpoTalk
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    Quote Originally Posted by kit View Post
    My kenpo began in 1967 under third generation instructor Larry Robbins, Cupertino, California, then Jeff Williams Palo Alto Ca. and received my 3rd black under Rod Martin about 1970-71.

    Kit
    Hello Kit. I also studied under Rod Martin and Jeff Williams starting in 1973 and continuing until the closure of the Mt. View school in 1995. In 1973, Jeff Williams was the 2nd highest ranking person in the school and was never awarded any rank above 2nd Black. I was not aware Mr. Martin had promoted anybody else besides JW higher than 1st Black in the 1970's. I missed all the history before 1973 and am curious to hear stories of the old days. Do you have some stories you can share? Who else did you train with at the Mt. View school?
    Alan Wortman aka Old Fat Kenpoka

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    Welcome to KT, would love to hear more of your experience

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    welcome to Kenpo Talk, and hope to hear from you soon!

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