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    Thumbs up Book Review - Grafting: Bridges within American Kenpo by Bill Piper

    I didn't see a review thread for this book, so I thought that I'd kick one off here.


    This book presents a perspective on Kenpo that anyone can appreciate regardless of skill level. Mr. Piper presents both old (master keys) and new (grafting matrix) information grafted together for great effect.

    Grafting: Bridges within American Kenpo is not just a guide to blending techniques together, but it provides, in my opinion, a fresh and exciting perspective on Kenpo as a whole. I found many ideas within this book that answered questions and suspicions that I've held for a long time. These ideas were expressed in a complete and intelligent way by Mr. Piper.

    The most striking thing for me is how easy this work is to read. Mr. Piper's style is friendly, humorous, and very educational. Unlike some other kenpo books, Grafting: Bridges within American Kenpo was an absolute pleasure to read.

    In addition, you can hardly find better endorsements than provided in the forward by SGM Larry Tatum and the open letter from Associate Master Lamkin.

    I was, and continue to be, very impressed by this book, and I'm looking forward to future releases from Mr. Piper.

    This book belongs on your shelf (after you read it, of course!).

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    Default Re: Book Review - Grafting: Bridges within American Kenpo by Bill Piper

    Quote Originally Posted by OSKenpo View Post
    I didn't see a review thread for this book, so I thought that I'd kick one off here.


    This book presents a perspective on Kenpo that anyone can appreciate regardless of skill level. Mr. Piper presents both old (master keys) and new (grafting matrix) information grafted together for great effect.

    Grafting: Bridges within American Kenpo is not just a guide to blending techniques together, but it provides, in my opinion, a fresh and exciting perspective on Kenpo as a whole. I found many ideas within this book that answered questions and suspicions that I've held for a long time. These ideas were expressed in a complete and intelligent way by Mr. Piper.

    The most striking thing for me is how easy this work is to read. Mr. Piper's style is friendly, humorous, and very educational. Unlike some other kenpo books, Grafting: Bridges within American Kenpo was an absolute pleasure to read.

    In addition, you can hardly find better endorsements than provided in the forward by SGM Larry Tatum and the open letter from Associate Master Lamkin.

    I was, and continue to be, very impressed by this book, and I'm looking forward to future releases from Mr. Piper.

    This book belongs on your shelf (after you read it, of course!).
    Was that Kevin Lamkin that provided the letter?
    Marcus Doyle
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    Default Re: Book Review - Grafting: Bridges within American Kenpo by Bill Piper

    It was Eric. He's got his 8th now.

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    Default Re: Book Review - Grafting: Bridges within American Kenpo by Bill Piper

    Quote Originally Posted by OSKenpo View Post
    It was Eric. He's got his 8th now.
    Thanks - I'm supposed to pop in on a class with Kevin sometime soon, thought I might ask him about it
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    Default Re: Book Review - Grafting: Bridges within American Kenpo by Bill Piper

    Quote Originally Posted by Shaolindelt View Post
    Thanks - I'm supposed to pop in on a class with Kevin sometime soon, thought I might ask him about it
    Nice! I'm a bit jealous, lol

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    Default Re: Book Review - Grafting: Bridges within American Kenpo by Bill Piper

    Quote Originally Posted by OSKenpo View Post
    Nice! I'm a bit jealous, lol
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    Default Re: Book Review - Grafting: Bridges within American Kenpo by Bill Piper

    Thank you for the kind words. They are appreciated.

    October 15th - 19th I will be teaching at the Las Vegas IKC. I will be teaching drills and exercises from the book.

    I am working on a book, "Grafting for Kids" that is designed to provide exercises and activities to teach grafting to children.

    In November we will release our first training DVD based on material in the book.

    Bill Piper
    "If at first you don't succeed, hit harder next time!"

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