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What is Kenpo Karate?

Ed Parker

Kenpo Karate is a system of martial arts created by Ed Parker in the United States, characterized by the use of quick moves in rapid-fire succession intended to overwhelm an opponent. It was primarily developed by Parker as a self-defense system, and is derived from traditional Southern Chinese kung fu and other martial arts found in the cultural melting pot of Hawaii. Parker introduced significant modifications in his art, including principles, theories, and concepts of motion as well as terminology.

Ed Parker, the founder of American Kenpo Karate, sparring with his most famous student; Elvis Presley.

Parker revised older karate methods to work in modern day fighting scenarios, and heavily restructured American Kenpo's forms and techniques. He moved away from methods that were recognizably descended from other arts and established a more definitive relationship between forms and the self-defense technique curriculum of American Kenpo. Parker also moved away from esoteric Eastern concepts and sought to express the art in terms of scientific principles and western metaphors.

Parker took his art through continual changes - and he always suggested that once a student learns the lesson embodied in the "ideal phase" of the technique he should search for some aspect that can be tailored to his own personal needs and strengths.

Why Train in Kenpo Karate?

Training in Kenpo Karate offers multiple benefits, including:

  • Health Benefits - Cardiovascular fitness, balance and hand-eye coordination
  • Educational Benefits - Improved memory, mental focus and self-discipline
  • Psychological Benefits - Increased confidence, poise and self-awareness
  • Safety Benefits - Reduced exposure to injury from physical attacks

History of Kenpo Karate

Sifu Mohammed Sander & Donnie Williams co-founders of BKF

Getting its origin and foundation from many styles including American Kenpo, under the directions of the late Senior Grandmaster Edmond K. Parker Sr. and Grandmaster Chuck Sulivan, Tae Kwon Do, Lima Lama, Okinawan Shorin Ryu, and Jujitsu, The historic Black Karate Federation (OR BKF) utilized the versatility of all these styles to create a system that was unstoppable on the streets, as well as in tournaments.

As a historic organization, The Black Karate Federation always produced fighting schools since its birth in 1968. Whenever the organization stepped into any arena everyone there knew who the top fighters would be and in almost every major tournament from 1969, until the mid 1990's it was a known fact that if there was a BKF fighter competing then it was guaranteed that they were going to be in one of the top three spots at the end. From fighters like Grandmasters Steve Muhammad and Donnie Williams to their students: Robert Temple, Carl Scott, Michael Holmes, Al "Hot Dog" Harvey, Alvin Prouder, Sammy Pace, Ray Wizard, Lenny (Abdul Latif) Ferguson, Sharon Floyd, Cynthia Prouder, Graciela Casillas, Rita King, Anthony Bell, Ahmad Reese, and countless others the BKF has made a tremendous impact on the martial arts world.

Amen Rahh brought the BKF style of American Kenpo Karate to Kenya in 1998. Since that time, James "Bobby" Ware has become the highest ranking Kenyan black belt in Eastern Africa as well as the past President of the African Kenpo Federation.

African MMA combined with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and mixed martial arts teaches the highest level of Kenpo Karate found in Africa. In the tradition of the warriors that have come before us, African MMA is maintaining the fighting spirit of the historic Black Karate Federation and producing future champions not only on the tournament circuit, but also in life.

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