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    Below is the entry from the RMA FAQ on Kenpo. While it's a nice start, it really doesn't do justice to the art. What should be included to truely build a solid Kenpo FAQ?

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    From the rec.martialarts FAQ

    (Contributor: Stephen Kurtzman - stephen@kurtzman.com)

    Note: In the Japanese language, the consonants "n" and "m" have the
    same symbol, thus the English spelling can be rendered either "Kempo"
    or "Kenpo". There are several arts in this family, but the spelling
    of "Ken/mpo" is not of significance in distinguishing between them.

    This art is also called Kenpo Karate. American Kenpo is an eclectic
    art developed by Hawaiian Ed Parker in the 60s. The art combines the
    Kara-Ho Kenpo which Parker learned from William Chow with influences
    from Chinese, Japanese, Hawaiian, and Western Martial sources.

    American Kenpo blends circular motions and evasive movements with
    linear kicks and punches. The art is oriented toward street-wise self
    defense. A big emphasis on basics, sparring, and kata. It is similar
    to most Karate styles in its training mechanisms.

    The Tracy schools of Kenpo teach Parker's style, but are a
    "politically" separate organization.
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    Default Re: Building a Kenpo FAQ

    are we talking about all kempo?
    i know many people refer to kempo as a generic term for a japanese art having chinese roots......but there are philosophical aspects as well.
    but there is so much political BS in kempo, that anything written eventually winds up into a big argument.

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    Default Re: Building a Kenpo FAQ

    Since this site covers Parker, Tracy, Emperado, Chinese and more, I'd say all of em.

    I'd say, indicate the root.

    Person Example:

    Person: Ed Parker
    Style: EPAK
    Notes: Founder of the Art of American Kenpo. etc etc etc

    What is the belt order?
    Ans: It varies from system to system. Some accepted orders are:
    EPAK-
    Tracy-
    etc.

    and so on. This way, once we start organizing it, we can do some serious cross referencing, etc.
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    im all for that kind of thing......as long as the BS doesnt fly. Kempo has its checkered past, but i would like to see something that includes everyone and their respective current curriculums. i think that would be very cool.

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    I think this is a great idea, what would be really cool is if the respective members of the Senior's fora or the Seniors themselves could put a short Bio in their areas, we could then use the info to help build a FAQ that would rock.
    Just because you do something one way, does not mean that everyone else does it that way, or that it is even the correct way.

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    Great ideas, guys! I like Bob's proposed format, as well as Seig's idea about the Seniors (or members of their respective areas) posting their bios. Perhaps if we asked for a volunteer from each of the various types of Ken/mpo to post the FAQ's of their system & a bio of their founder/head of the organization [if there already isn't one posted], they will "step up" & participate?

    To our members: Who out there would like to help build an FAQ for your type of Kem/npo?

    Calling for volunteers....please raise your hands...no pushing or shoving....
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    Default Re: Building a Kenpo FAQ

    i still think this is a good idea. should we start sending some PM's back and forth?
    what kind of format do we want?
    should we hash it out in the staff forum before we post it?

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    Sounds like a great idea! I will volunteer to do the Kara-Ho Kempo portion unless Pacificshore wants to-

    I really enjoy reading about all the different Kempo/Kenpo arts and schools, I find it fascinating... We have a rich history and I am sure this section would be great for new members to the board and new members to Kempo/Kenpo as a whole-

    What type of format should we all use?

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    Default Re: Building a Kenpo FAQ

    Traditionally, FAQ's take an index, answer format like this:

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    1: question
    2: Question
    2A: subquestion
    2B: subquestion
    3: Question

    1: Question
    Answer

    etc.
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    I think we can do a breakdown by art, then work in sub sections, and possibly lineage specific bits.


    Hows that?
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    Default Re: Building a Kenpo FAQ

    The questions
    what
    when
    who
    where
    and why
    needs to be put forth to truely give a good accounting of kenpo/kempo.
    A good foundation needs to be set forth as to how it all came together in the first place with the statement that anything dealing with the beginnings is in some part legendary and or mythical and then flesh it out from there. Anyone that has done any research knows that almost all of the arts come from one beginning that has splintered and gotten somebody elses wisdom and understanding added to it and so on and so forth. There is merit to it all in the right content.

    Next you start bringing together hard truths backed by Seniors. Dates, places. Somewhere, I think Doc pointed out, why some of the Seniors did things this way and some that and it was all do to the time they parted ways with Ed Parker Sr. This is great enlightenment.

    The question comes up, how far do you want to go.

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    Default Re: Building a Kenpo FAQ

    Heres a few:

    What is EPAK?
    --Who was Ed Parker
    --Who is/was (insert senior here)
    --How many revisions did it go through?
    --What is the difference between the 16/24/32 systems? (Hope I got the numbers right)
    What is Tracy Kenpo?
    -- Who is Al Tracy?
    -- What is the major differences between Tracy and EPAK?
    --Who is/was (insert senior here)
    What is Chinese Kempo
    --Who is/was (insert senior here)
    What is Japanese Kempo
    --Who is/was (insert senior here)
    What is Okinawan Kempo
    --Who is/was (insert senior here)
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    Default Re: Building a Kenpo FAQ

    Maybe, we should put a "faq construction" forum up, so we can roll each question around until a concenus is reached, then add it to the master FAQ?
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    Default Re: Building a Kenpo FAQ

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Hubbard
    Maybe, we should put a "faq construction" forum up, so we can roll each question around until a concenus is reached, then add it to the master FAQ?
    i like that idea the best.
    i think we should start with a basic.....what is kempo? kind of question.
    if you want it to be comprehensive its important to go through the history. while extensive it is quite interesting.

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    Default Re: Building a Kenpo FAQ

    Here here, that sounds like a great ideal.

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    Default Re: Building a Kenpo FAQ

    Sub forum set up.

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