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Law of the fist and the empty hand: A book on kenpo karate Paperback – 1989
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A book highlighting several moves and techniques in Kenpo Karate. Includes illustrations on tools and how the body should function in Kenpo Karate as well as a collection of photographs that show step by step instructions to perform certain moves.
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This was Parker's first book, and it stands out from what little was available at the time for its straightforward explanations and crisp, clear drawings and photographs. Each sequence is completely explained and illustrated with written instruction and photos--on average each technique (series) is shown in 3-5 photos which include precise arrows illustrating the path of movement.
Even in 1960, you can see the intellectual side of Parker's American Kenpo, as he covers topics such as the "Importance of Speed", the "Importance of Maneuvering", and the "Importance of Integrating Speed, Power, Accuracy and Gauging of Distance" (page73-74). Already Parker was making use of organizational charts for anatomical points, method and effect of attack. (pages 58-65).
For the history buffs among us, Acknowledgements are given by Parker on the copyright page to several of the early men of Kanpo Karate, including Ben Otake, William Ingram, Robert Liddle, Tim Trahan, Charles Pranke, and Rich Montgomery. Parker and several early students (Including two of the Tracy brothers of Tracy's Kenpo fame among them) take turns demonstrating techniques, with Parker alternating between Tori (demonstrator) and Uke (assistant). Of special value to those with an interest in Karate and Kenpo history in the United States.
The older Okinawa Karate had Tegumi aspects [Jiujitsu-like aspects]. Tegumi is a literal word-mirror of Kumite [sharp striking-type sparring and defense]. The same Kata movement-flow could be transilated as Kumite, Tegumi or Kobudo [weapons usage]. Much later Karate [of mainland Japan] has Jiujitsu "added" to the "basic" Karate from Okinawa. So, we see that many older eras and versions of Karate are actually "Mixed Martial Arts". This is also true for the several versions of Ed Parker Kenpo Karate. The later versions seem to keep adding extra angles, curves and moves, perhaps richly gaining in options, as well as perhaps losing an older streamlined simplicity. All versions of Ed Parker Kenpo Karate seem interesting and useful for sparring and self-defense -- and followers of Kempo [or Kenpo] Arts can still find many books and DVD resources [especially via Amazon] to study or practice Ed Parker [and off-shoots] Kenpo Karate +++