I’m reblogging this article to go along with the publication of How to Create Kenpo Karate, which is available on Amazon. It’s 3 volume series thoroughly dissecting Kenpo techniques.
Maybe you remember that great part in Enter the Dragon where the bad guy asks ‘What’s yer style’ of Bruce Lee? As over the top as that statement appears, it points up the differences of arts, and how confusing such a thing as lineage can be. In no art is this as true as in the art of Kenpo. Check out the video, then I’ll tell you about the real history of Kenpo.
Many martial artists think Ed Parker created Kenpo, but he actually only popularized it. And, to be honest, he added to the confusion of the art. He had something like five different versions, and he drew from Karate and Kung Fu and whatever happened to strike his fancy.
Kenpo began in Japan. There is some confusion as to the correct spelling, some people saying Kenpo, and some saying Kempo. Kenpo usually refers to martial arts stemming from…
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