What Is Kenpo?
The martial art of Kenpo Karate has its origins in China and was brought west by Chinese and Okinawan people who immigrated to Hawaii. Born in Honolulu, our Senior Grandmaster Mr. Edmund K. Parker learned Kenpo Karate as a young man. In 1963, Mr. Parker published his book “Secrets of Chinese Karate” which traced the roots of the Ed Parker Kenpo Karate System back to the monk Tamo of the Shaolin Monastery around 515 A.D.. During the course of his life Mr. Parker developed and evolved his art into the practical form of self defense that we have today.
The foundation of all martial art systems, basics include practice of stances, foot maneuvers, blocks, punches, kicks, and the use of all other natural weapons on the human body. They are repeatedly practiced – sometimes with bags or pads – to allow the student to isolate and develop each skill area.