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About the Author

Edmund Kealoha Parker Sr. was born on March 19, 1931, the sixth of seven children in Honolulu, Hawaii. Growing up in the harsh Honolulu environment, young Edmund had many opportunities to defend himself, his principles, and his honor. Edmund attended Kamehameha High School, he excelled in sports, becoming an accomplished athlete. He became a judo black belt by the age of fifteen, as well as an amateur boxing champion. He competed in track and field, and became a member of the Junior Varsity Football Team. Edmund was born and raised in a devout Mormon household. He graduated from Kamehameha High School served his country in the Coast Guard for three years. He worked hard to achieve his Black Belt Certificate from Professor William K. S. Chow June 5, 1953. During his high school and young adult years he dated Marguerite Leilani Bertelmann Yap. He graduated from Brigham Young University and married Marguerite Leilani Bertelmann Yap in December 28, 1954 in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake, Utah Temple. Edmund opened the first Karate Studio in Pasadena, California in 1956. Karate was unknown in California. Terry Robinson a close friend who owned a private health club in Beverly Hills, the Beverly Wilshire Health Club. Introduce Edmund to many celebrities whom Edmund taught, Bob Wagner, Natalie Word, MacDonald Carey, Elkie Sommers, Blake Edwards, Frank Lovejoy, Audy Murphy, Nick Adams, Gary Cooper and Elvis Presley. Edmund when meeting and becoming close friends with Bruce Lee introduced Bruce to the directors who eventually cast Bruce Lee in the TV show the Green Hornet. Edmund appeared in many movies and television shows, including Revenge of the Pink Panther and The Curse of the Pink Panther. He also was on The Lucy Show where he taught Lucille Ball and Ethel Mertz. He was in The Courtship of Eddie's Father and I Spy. Edmund taught many thousands all over the World. He frequently put on Seminars and Demonstrations in Australia, England, Ireland, Spain, Chile, Venezuela, Sweden, Holland and Greece. For many years Mr. Parker authored many books that still sell very well all over the World. Basic Booklet on Karate, Kenpo Karate Law of the Fist, The Women's Guide to Self Defense, Secrets of Chinese Karate, Infinite Insights into Kenpo 1-5 volumes, The Zen of Kenpo, The Encyclopedia of Kenpo, Roots & Branches (his family history), Inside Elvis, the Accumulative Belt Journals from Yellow belt to 5th degree Black. He Directed and Narrated 2 videos Sophisticated Basics #1 Stances & Sophisticated Basics #2 Maneuvers.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (June 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439241988
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439241981
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It seems the book was printed when I ordered it.
Piano Man
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain a basic understanding of American Kenpo concepts.
Jennie Sydney
Great book to purchase for all kenpo martial artist.
Andre Ward

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44 of 53 people found the following review helpful By TJ Burr on July 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
Must have reference for serious Kenpo karate students at all levels. I am an intermediate (orange belt) Kenpo student in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I wish I had read Ed's book sooner in my training. A very helpful reference to terms frequently used during training. For example, did you know that the term "branch" used in the technique "Buckling Branch" refers to a leg? It also contains illustrative photos and some history of definitions. I am also an author (Rocky Mountain Adventure Collection).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By V. Templeton on August 16, 2008
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This is really a dictionary of kenpo. Well written but it is literally an alphabetical list of terms and their definitions. I was hoping for something that would explain the techniques.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 1999
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Mr. Parker was a genius of motion and like his Karate, this book is well organized and covers it all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Piano Man on December 9, 2012
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I want this same book but the pictures were of poor quality. It seems the book was printed when I ordered it. The pictures look as if someone took a picture off a television set and then printed them. All kinds of weird diagonal lines were visible.
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This book is an excellent reference tool for students of American Kenpo, it is a bit outdated as some of the theories and concepts are in need of some refinement of may not be actively taught or used as part of the system. There is material that has developed as part of the Kenpo system that could be added to this text, but it is an awesome tool to assist any level of American kenpo student develop a deeper understanding of this amazing art. It will not teach you how to use Kenpo, this text is strictly designed as a reference material.
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By Greg Taylor on October 3, 2009
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It's a very Informative book. I would have liked to have seen some definitions of The actual Kenpo Moves with a breakdown of the belt system however.
I'm pretty new to Kenpo (still a white belt) and the thing I find hardest to remember is the names of some of the moves. A more detailed explanation of them and how they were named was kind of why I bought the book, yet it's pretty much the only thing NOT in there.
Not that I don't like the book, I just wish it was more suited to my needs.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 2001
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If you are, or want to be, a kenpo karate student this encyclopedia is a must. It goes over all the terminology that is needed throughout your training. Written by Edmund K. Parker, the founder of American Kenpo Karate, a great man and well respected martial artist.
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By Randy on January 30, 2011
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This book is a great reference for any Kenpo student. It lists alphabetically the various terms used in Kenpo. While some entries are defined rather quickly others give a bit more of an explanation of the term. That is where this book shows it's worth; as a reference for the various terms and concepts taught in any Kenpo studio. As long as you understand that this book is a great purchase.
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