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    Default Re: EPAK: What arts influenced the development of EPAK?

    directly, professor chow, indirectly, professor mitose.

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    Default Re: EPAK: What arts influenced the development of EPAK?

    Things that I know influenced American Kenpo's development:
    The Kempo Karate that Prof. Chow taught Mr. Parker is key. By many accounts this was an Okinawan Kempo combined with a Kung-Fu style that Mr. Chow says his father taught him...which I believe was said to be "white crane" style, but I'm not certain. Need more research there.

    From having read several things, it seems that Mr. Parker was very influenced by Danzan Ryu Jujutsu. I think he may have studied this system too, the headquarters of which were (are?) in Hawaii. One member of this school continued to have a relationship with Mr. Parker.....Wally Jay.

    Mr. Parker was profoundly influenced by the teachings of several Chinese Style Masters... most notably Mr. Ark F. Wong (Five Animal Style and Chin-Na).

    The Emprado brothers had an impact on Mr. Parker I think. Their arts being related through place of origin (Hawaii) and because they each got their Kempo from the same instructor....Mr. Chow.

    I don't think that Mitose made that much of an impact on Mr. Parker, though he paid him respect.

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