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    Default Which Ken/mpo?

    Parkers Kenpo, Tracy Kenpo, Chinese Kempo, Kajukenbo, etc.

    What's the major differences, and how can I tell which is for me?
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    Chinese Kenpo usually (but not always) refers to the art which SGM Parker taught in the 1960s. It is basically a combination of the art which Mr. Parker learned from Professor Chow and the Chinese arts which Mr. Parker explored through instructors such as Ark Y. Wong and James Wing Woo. Stylistically, it tends to emphasize rooting and power moves to a greater extent than the American Kenpo which Mr. Parker later developed. It is virtually identical to the system commonly referred to as Tracy's Kenpo. Many practioners still call it Chinese Kenpo due to their not belonging to the Tracy's organization.

    Of the arts mentioned in the original post, I must say that (IMHO), all those mentioned have more similarities than differences. There are those who will argue the point, but if you view these arts (as well as the footage of Professsor Chow on John Bishop's site), you can see the "family relationship". So, in the end, which one to study depends on the prospective student and on the instructor. The student would be well advised to visit the schools available to him/her. Is there a good "atmosphere"? Does the instructor explain things well? Is the location within a reasonable distance of home? Are the fees affordable? Most of all, when viewing the performance of the school's senior students, do you say "man, someday I want to be like that"? There are many gifted individuals who make poor instructors, and it will show up in their senior students.

    In the end, it's hard to go wrong with a good Kenpo school, no matter which style/system/lineage/spelling you choose to follow.
    Again, just my opinion .

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    Default Re: Which Ken/mpo?

    I found this post while reading through past topics. I really have a better understanding of the kenpo/kempo and the differences there are. Thought I'd bump it for all to see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Strausbaugh View Post
    Chinese Kenpo usually (but not always) refers to the art which SGM Parker taught in the 1960s. It is basically a combination of the art which Mr. Parker learned from Professor Chow and the Chinese arts which Mr. Parker explored through instructors such as Ark Y. Wong and James Wing Woo. Stylistically, it tends to emphasize rooting and power moves to a greater extent than the American Kenpo which Mr. Parker later developed. It is virtually identical to the system commonly referred to as Tracy's Kenpo. Many practioners still call it Chinese Kenpo due to their not belonging to the Tracy's organization.

    Of the arts mentioned in the original post, I must say that (IMHO), all those mentioned have more similarities than differences. There are those who will argue the point, but if you view these arts (as well as the footage of Professsor Chow on John Bishop's site), you can see the "family relationship". So, in the end, which one to study depends on the prospective student and on the instructor. The student would be well advised to visit the schools available to him/her. Is there a good "atmosphere"? Does the instructor explain things well? Is the location within a reasonable distance of home? Are the fees affordable? Most of all, when viewing the performance of the school's senior students, do you say "man, someday I want to be like that"? There are many gifted individuals who make poor instructors, and it will show up in their senior students.

    In the end, it's hard to go wrong with a good Kenpo school, no matter which style/system/lineage/spelling you choose to follow.
    Again, just my opinion .

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    No ****. Well written.
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    Default Re: Which Ken/mpo?

    I would have to say the Modern Parker version of Kenpo explores more "short hand" techniques than the previous versions. I was shown that when studying Tracy's Kenpo way back in the eighties.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenpoChanger View Post
    I would have to say the Modern Parker version of Kenpo explores more "short hand" techniques than the previous versions. I was shown that when studying Tracy's Kenpo way back in the eighties.
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    Agreed....... much more evolved and civilized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGoldenOne View Post
    Agreed....... much more evolved and civilized.
    That's funny... "civilized" is never a word I've heard associated with good Kenpo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdparsons View Post
    That's funny... "civilized" is never a word I've heard associated with good Kenpo!

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