New England Kenpo Karate Association

The Parker Kenpo Creed

                                                                                      I come to you with only Karate, empty hands,
                                    I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my principles or my honor,
                                                           should it be a matter of life or death, of right or wrong,  then here are my weapons,
                                                                                     Karate, my empty hands.
                                                                                                                     Ed Parker


 "To every move, principle, concept and theory, there is an opposite and a reverse."

    Principles of motion are the essence  of American kenpo. They set  it apart from all other fighting systems. Mr  Parker said " there's a difference between a concept, a theory and a principle.  A concept is an idea. A theory is an idea that's still speculative. And a  principle is a theory that has been proven"
American kenpo's principles  have  evolved; and are still evolving, much like other branches of science  or art. American kenpo is progressive. It improves over time, unlike  many traditional Asian fighting systems. Kenpo is more innovative than other  martial arts, "It moves with a person's body and is so versatile that it teaches you how to fight in a phone booth or on a football field. What's more, both hands move at the same time, and the art flows from one point to the other.
Kenpo applies to our present time and situation. Kenpo is tailored to the individual, "As Ed Parker always said, we make the suit to fit you. We don't have a standard suit that we make everybody wear, and as a consequence, we can all find our own little niche in the art. Women don't have to be really strong to succeed in kenpo, and men don't need great flexibility. The art is tailored to you.


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