Edmund Kealoha ParkerÂ was born the 19 from March in Honolulu (Hawaii). Its first contact with the art of the Kenpo took place at the age of 16 years, when one of the members from the church to which it belonged, Frank Chow, told a people group how it had overcome a local lout. Ed, knowing the fame hard man of that one lout, thought that Frank was literally lying in the church. Nevertheless, that idea changed when it observed Frank Chow to demonstrate the form in that it had won. This was the reason by which a surprised Ed Parker began his studies under the supervision of Frank Chow.
Parker had a martial experience mainly previous cradle in the Judo, Boxing and mainly in their multiple argument street.
The system of fight of Chow constituted for him an excellent solution for this type of argument, since unlike the styles that practiced, the Kenpo offered a type to him of explosive action with a minimum of exhibition of targets.
Frank Chow was the instructor of Parker until a day informed to him that their studies with him had finished. Of this form, Frank recommended Parker so that its training under the instruction of its brother will begin, the famous one, William K.S. Chow.
At the moment that Ed Parker was witness of the quick movements of Chow, he decided that their efforts would go focused to the study and improvement of the Kenpo. William Chow showed Parker the necessity of modifications and additions within the system to make it more cash, and he gave a series to him of master keys of movements that would allow Parker to open their own doors and to become a innovativo creator. Chow taught everything what it believed useful without concerning his origin to him. If he were effective included it in his system and it taught it to his students.
Parker hoarded the time and the lessons that it never obtained from professor Chow and stopped being thankful to him to him to have put in the way of the logical and realistic thought. After spending two years in Brigham Young University in Honest, it was recruited to go to the war in 1951 and was parked in Hawaii during two year and a half to be able to receive the master's degree in the Coastal Guard. This gave the opportunity him to continue studying with professor Chow.
With time, Ed Parker acquired a serious commitment with respect to the study of the Kenpo and in year 54, when returning to the university, she raised to William Chow his idea to him to open schools of Kenpo in the United States. Chow was in agreement withÂ this idea and while she continued studying, Parker formed a clubÂ where she began to give classes. Soon he learned to think by itself and to use the lessons of Chow to evolve the art.
After graduating in the BYU in Sociology and Psychology, in September of the 1956, Parker he decides to open his own study of Kenpo in Pasadena, California.
Parker organized the international championships of more important martial arts of their time: The International of Long Beach, opened to all the styles and systems of martial arts. These championships they left a great number of martial artists who later would reach a great international recognition as Mike Stone, Chuck Norris, Steve Sanders, Joe Lewis, Benny Urquidez, etc.
Parker did not stop in investigating and adding to new principles and concepts, were their Kenpo much more a system scientist and preparation for the Western mind. The result of its constant study and innovation was a system of renewed, effective and adaptable Kenpo to each person.
The system of the Teacher Parker quickly went away extending by the USA, as well as their schools; therefore the creation became necessary of an association that united to all the American medical instructors under an only direction; and thus in 1956 the KKAA was created (Kenpo Association Karate of America).
The KKAA was changed to IKKA (International Kenpo Karate Association) in 1960 when member of the association began to emigrate to other countries. The first black belt in introducing the Kenpo outside the USA was John MC Sweeney, who became the pioneer of the Kenpo in Ireland. Arturo Petit was as well the person in charge of its introduction and extension by South America from Chile; and Rainer Schulte was the pioneer of the Kenpo in Germany.
The 15 of December of 1990 the Teacher Parker returned to Hawaii, where a wretch and sudden attack to the heart in the airport of Honolulu, ended its life. The circumstances wanted that the death arrived to him at its return to house. To its death, the world of the Kenpo was saddened and an enormous emptiness felt.
The majority of their advanced black belts left the association. According to its thought, the IKKA was the prolongation of the figure of own Parker; and when dying Parker with him the IKKA died
It was truly a genius of the martial arts. Their contributions and innovations are infinite; covering logical and reasonings that had never been used before by others.
The teacher Parker did not designate successor for his system. The maximum degree that the teacher Parker granted while still alive was the one of black belt seventh degree. Within that listing of teachers, they appear: Dave Hebbler, Richard âHukâ Flat, Chuck Sullivan, Frank Trejo, Ron Chapel, Bob White, Steve LaBounty, Tom Kelly, Joe Palanzo, Larry Tatum, John Conway and Arturo Petit.
At the moment different organizations from Kenpo Parker in the world exist. The UKKS is focused to the study and education of the system of Ed Parker having maintained the original standards of the American Kenpo and evolving the training system to the maximum level.