Discussion in 'Kenpo / Kempo - General' started by AceVentura, Jun 25, 2020.
Getting ready to test for my Blue Belt.
That's exciting mate! How are you feeling about it? Is there a lot of stuff you'll be going through in the grading?
Best of luck! Breathe, relax and most of all enjoy it
my advise has always been to,,LISTEN...
i have seen so many people over the years that were nervous or amped up and got caught up in the moment and were not listening and paying attention, they were asked to do one thing and did something else or didnt follow directions.
case in point at one of my black belt tests. during sparring the tester gave instructions to have light contact, well my class mate thought he said full contact. probably because that was a concern of his and already stuck in his head. well he came out swinging,, i said to my self ok here we go and gave it right back,,, i could hear the ref constantly yelling "light contact: but my partner kept thinking he was saying MORE contact. we were standing in the middle of the area like Wanderlei Silva just throwing,,, he broke us apart screaming ,, "This is not rockem sockem robots" now me and my partner were class mates and buddies that trained together all the time but the ref/ tester had no way of knowing that. afterwords we laughed our butts off about it and it became part of the legends of stories in the dojo.
but on the other side of the coin, i remember one guy on a pre test for black belt , being asked to show technique A and he kept doing technique B ,, over and over he did the wrong one. needless to say he wasnt invited to the actual test and he ended up quiting and never getting his BB. to this day he feels the instructor was holding him back and was against him,, but in truth he just could not preform under pressure
relax have fun with it and try to enjoy the moment,, it will be a memory you will always have, so best to make it a good one.
Hi Ace, what is your Kenpo lineage?
Hi Crane. I train Shaolin Kempo Karate and from what I've understood the deepest roots are that of Ta Mo. In our style we start out more of an Okinawan style of Karate at first but as we move up the ranks it begins to transition more towards a Kung Fu style.
Is that Villari or Castro lineage or something else?
Ill bet villari/an offshoot of villari. If it was castro, it would be spelt kenpo.
Villari. I don't know who Castro is.
He was a student of parker. Very different kenpo system, with a very similar name.
American Kenpo Karate
That's ed parkers style. Quick correction-i think castro was actually a student of chow, not parker, which would make him parkers martial brother. Parker was probably his senpai, although I don't know enough about it to state definitively. Maybe @Buka would know?
I believe that is correct. Ralph Castro studied under Chow and opened his school in the San Francisco Area.
I never met Sensei Castro, but I talked story with Wally Jay and Ed Parker about him a few times.
Here's a good article about that time...
Remembering Ralph Castro, the SF Peninsula’s trailblazing martial arts master
I lived for a few years within walking distance of his school in Daly City. I never met him though, was never connected to his lineage of Kenpo.123
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