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    Well since itís that time of year again, Iíll be turning 28 again soon. All my kin folk keep asking me what I want. Well since a blank check is out of the question or one with a lot of 0000ís. I wanted to ask if anyone had read these books Iím sure most of you have read the first one in the list. But I wanted some opinions on the other books in the list.

    Ed Parker's Infinite Insights into Kenpo: Physical Analyzation II

    Kenpo Karate 101 : What the Beginner and the Black Belt Should Know by Lee Wedlake

    Kenpo Karate 201: The Basics and Exercise Forms by Lee Wedlake

    The Art of War by Sun-Tzu
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2004hemi
    Well since itís that time of year again, Iíll be turning 28 again soon. All my kin folk keep asking me what I want. Well since a blank check is out of the question or one with a lot of 0000ís. I wanted to ask if anyone had read these books Iím sure most of you have read the first one in the list. But I wanted some opinions on the other books in the list.

    Ed Parker's Infinite Insights into Kenpo: Physical Analyzation II

    Kenpo Karate 101 : What the Beginner and the Black Belt Should Know by Lee Wedlake

    Kenpo Karate 201: The Basics and Exercise Forms by Lee Wedlake

    The Art of War by Sun-Tzu
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seig
    As a Kenpoist, you owe it to yourself to own all the Infinite Insights books.

    I agree 100% but I have been holding off buying and reading all (are there 5) I think volumes. I read the first two in my opinion too soon after I started in Kenpo. I donít think I picked up a lot of the info as it was kind of info overload. I went back and started re reading vol.2 after having been training for almost a year and this time I picked up a lot more. I am worried if I read the more advanced books in the series before I am training wise ready I will miss a lot.
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    Art of War is a must read. Also, Book of five Rings (Go Rin no Sho) by Musashi

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    I own both of wedleake's book. I liked the articles a lot more in Kenpo 101, they seemed to focus more on key themes and body dynamics as well as tradition. Unfortunatly if you are a member of this board or read a lot more about our art you already know the information within these pages. I will have to look a bit closer at his second book once I am home to refresh what he has. I think any kenpo book is a good kenpo book to show pro's and con's of certain methods of kenpo. But it doesn't get any better than books written by Ed. Parker, especially the infinite series. I also enjoy Secrets of Chinese karate
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    I would get the Infinite Insights books while you can, they are harder and harder to get all the time.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    Ditto Rob! If you can get your hands on the "Insights" series you better do it while you can. IMHO they are a "must have" for any Kenpoist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2004hemi

    Ed Parker's Infinite Insights into Kenpo: Physical Analyzation II

    Kenpo Karate 101 : What the Beginner and the Black Belt Should Know by Lee Wedlake

    Kenpo Karate 201: The Basics and Exercise Forms by Lee Wedlake

    The Art of War by Sun-Tzu
    I think Kenpo Karate 101 and the first II book would be great if you are a begginer. This will be blasphemy to some folks, but the Kenpo Karate 101: What the beginner and the Black Belt should know would be more of a benefit to the newbie. I wish I would have had it starting out. Then maybe move into the II series because they could be an investment.

    I have an extra II book 1, and a secrets of chinese karate if anyone is interested contact me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celtic_Crippler
    Ditto Rob! If you can get your hands on the "Insights" series you better do it while you can. IMHO they are a "must have" for any Kenpoist.

    I just e mailed my instructor; He has all 5 of the Insights series in stock at the school for $19.95 Ea, I bought the first two and I will go ahead and pick up the last three. He also recommends a few other books. One being, The Zen of Kenpo. I found a few from $80 to $150 Ea. Scattered around the net. Looks like this book is a little hard to get ahold of
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    I think Wedlake's Kenpo 201 book provides some very good insight into Forms 1 & 2. Read it carefully. Work through it with your instructor.

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    2004hemi try this link for the Zen of Kenpo http://www.martialartsmart.net/Books_by_Ed_Parker.html
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    Wow thanks for the link, that’s a lot cheaper than I was able to find. I was talking to my instructor after class tonight and he showed me his autographed copy. I don’t think he would be willing to part with that one
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    Afterthought....If you can find it, the "Encyclopedia of Kenpo" is a good buy as well. It lists and defines all the principles. An extremely good resource!
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    I've said this before, but I'll say it again. There was, for a brief period due to legal issues, a time where there was a shortage of the Ed Parker books. But now, any shortage or prices above about $20.00 US per book is a false shortage or price gouging.
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    It is tru that the infinite insight books are getting harder to find and are in many people's opinions a must have for any kenpoist...Kenpo 101 is a great book for the beginner kenpoist but also a good refresher book for small things that may have been forgotten over the years...201 provides a good breakdown of the basic and exercise forms...i have all 3 and loved them all...
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