Kenpo Uniform

uniform of Kenpo Karate

In the tradition kenpo educational institutions of Mitose and Chow, teachers used dark and learners used white. Both Adriano Emperado and Ed Parker came from the Chow school and taken on that uniforms at first. In 1955 Kajukenbo went dark for all students. In Hawaii islands there are generally two MA categories, those in white (Japanese/Okinawan/Korean) and those in dark (Kajukenbo/kenpo). Some EPAK educational institutions are all dark, and some still keep the kenpo uniforms of dark for teachers, and white for learners. It probably relies on the trainer or school.

Belts of Kenpo Karate

Belts of Kenpo Karate

White and Yellow- Beginning students wear a white belt. A yellow belt is the first belt for which you test in American Kenpo Karate. To get the yellow belt, you must illustrate 10 self-defense techniques, which are generally conducted when a challenger is getting you.

Orange, Purple, Blue and Green- As you advance through your orange, purple, blue and green straps, you learned almost 100 more self-defense methods. For each of these belt assessments, you are needed to show 24 self-defense methods. You must illustrate new katas to earn these belts positions. Kicking, striking, stance, synchronization and hand and finger gestures are also needed at these levels.

Brown- Brown belt is divided into three stages. You must analyze for third-, second- and first-degree brown belts. The third- and second-degree brown belts each needs you to show 24 new self-defense methods. The first-degree brown-belt self-defense goes, however, are not new methods but additions of the self-defense methods that you discovered when learning toward your orange belt.

Black- To generate the black belt in American Kenpo Karate, you must illustrate a staff set, showing your expertise with a wood made staff. You must also illustrate a blocking set. The self-defense methods at this stage are the same as those needed for purple belt. The black-belt self-defense techniques are an expansion of the purple-belt methods.

I.K.K.A Crest


The style of the I.K.K.A Crest was finished in 1958 when the art of American Kenpo was getting worldwide reputation. The crest style was intended to symbolically signify the art’s upgraded form while at the same time recognizing the origins of American Kenpo in traditional China and Japanese martial arts.

Tiger- Symbolizes courage, power, and real physical strength

Dragon- Symbolizes quintessence, fluidity, and speed, but also religious strenght and the later level of a martial art’s learning.

Circle- The circle represents eternity or continuity.

Dividing Lines- The lines within the circle signify the authentic methods of attack first discovered by historical experts of the Chinese Martial Arts.

Circle- The colors are representations of expertise within the art alluding to the colored belt rank program.

Chinese Characters- The writing symbolizes the art’s Eastern origins.

Shape- The form of the crest symbolizes the framework of a house.

The Father of American Kenpo Karate: Ed Parker

Father of American Kenpo

Ed Parker’s dad joined his son in Judo Martial Arts classes during in his 12 years of existence. Parker acquired his Shodan in Judo Martial Arts in 1949 at 18 years of his existence. After getting his brown belt in Kenpo, he shifted to where he live, to join Brigham Young School and began to teach his styles. Parker was raised in Hawaii in 1931 and began training in Martial arts and later boxing. Sometime in the 40’s, Ed Parker was first introduced to Kenpo by William Chow a trainee of James Mitose. William Chow practiced Parker while working in the Coast Guard and joing Brigham Young School. In 1953 he was ranked up to the rank of black belt. Parker, seeing that modern times provided new conditions that were not about in Kenpo, developed the art to make it more easily appropriate to the roads of The the united states and known as his style, American Kenpo Karate.

American Kenpo Karate

american kenpo

Kenpo Karate is the oldest style of Kenpo being introduce in the Unites States of America. It was created and introduced in 1949 by William K. S. Chow and trained by his student, Ed Parker, from 1956 to 1961, and, trained by the Tracy bros from 1962 to the existing. In beginning 1962 Ed Parker modified both the style he trained and relabeled his new design “Chinese Kenpo”, and no Ed Parker student was trained Kenpo Karate after Jan, 1962. Ed dropped “Karate” from the name of his program at that time, even though he’s ongoing to issue belt accreditations under the Kenpo Karate Association of America (KKAA).

Characteristics of Kenpo


Kenpo is recognized by fast and several flowing attacks to vital areas of a human body. As mainly a “self-defense art” the objectives are generally the throat, genitals and eyes although any part of human body may be a focus target if given the right chance. Kenpo contains an analysis of objectives and potential weapons for those targets as well as the manipulation of the opponent’s body position. Kenpoists are interested in performance and highest possible results of their efforts. Kenpo is mainly a standup fighting art. They would rather not go to the floor but they realize that the real life is unforeseen and that kenpo should include any effective actions. They should be prepared for the circumstances. Kenpo contains attention of all varies of battling and protection.

History of Kenpo Karate


Kenpo is a Japanese unnamed battling art that was introduced from China to Japan about 700 years ago by the Yoshida Group and was easily adopted by the Komatsu Group. The phrase Kenpo means basically, “Fist Law,” and also represents its Chinese origin. The Japanese adoptation of this Chinese style was well designed for protecting against the various unarmed Japanese people fighting styles of the 12th century. Few variations were needed for Kenpo to get over the new unarmed methods that developed over the next 7 centuries of that came to be known as Karate (Japanese of “Empty Hand”). But for the Yoshida and Komatsu Groups who developed their martial art into a truly Japanese style, the term was simply Kenpo. During this same period the Chinese system from which Kenpo was derived experienced so many changes that, while most of the Kenpo methods can be found widely spread among the hundreds of Chinese battling methods, there is no single program in China nowadays that appears like Kenpo.