Discussion in 'Kenpo - (EPAK) Ed Parker's American Kenpo Karate S' started by Headhunter, Dec 21, 2017.
There is an application for leaving that position. You move like the human body moves.
SF 3 is a series of takedown techs, and nobody is wondering about making it all mean something or fit a larger pattern. Hit those bows, and we will be happy as clams.
Not really because by black belt (or earlier in some places) every single self defence technique has been taught to you and your tested on them so everyone by black belt should know those techniques inside out
I'm a big kenpo fan but not really a Parker fan. I have no problem talking about the guys faults and I don't hold him up as a god like some do. I know a lot of the stuff was invented by his students or taken from other styles including the salutation. Funnily enough I actually saw in the movie dragon the bruce lee story, the guy playing bruce lee doing what is basically the kenpo salutation in a scene set in ed Parkers karate tournament which ed parker jr was playing his dad.
Now I do have a lot of respect for ed Parker he was obviously a very clever man and from videos he was obviously very fast for a guy his size and he did loads for karate in the west. But I know he had faults and it doesn't bother me at all knowing he didnt invent a lot of the stuff I don't care because I enjoy the system for what it is and I accept it's faults
I wouldn't call not inventing martial arts moves a fault. What is to invent?
If all the romantics are taken away from martial arts we are really talking about punching, kicking and generally just fighting so in a way it doesn't matter who taught who and what was what, as long as you fight. But human nature is one of ego, expectations and is very complex. Layers of the human psyche get added to the Primal ability to fight and that's where everything gets a little funky.
Often people judge others with black and white generalities. If we find someone has lied or been deceptive we will, like they do in court cases "throw out ones entire testimony" we will discount the entire person and everything they have done. Ignoring the good. Others will ignore the bad because they are invested in a positive outcome or outlook. They do not want the negative to reflect on themselves. Such is life. Those who wish to progress have to see through all this and focus on the truth for what it is and not be judgemental. "Take what is useful" and move on.
Personally I've never cared about any of this. People on here have called me selfish for saying this but I don't care about who my founder is or who my instructors lineage is or who did what and who made what. All I care about is my training. Why should I worry about anyone else I'm training for me because I enjoy it no other reason
From a certain perspective you are absolutely correct. But there are aspects of training where it is important. Unless someone enjoys the practice of getting in fights on a regular basis some of our training is theoretical and some is based on assumption. In those cases we rely on those who have gone before us to fill in the voids of our own ignorance. It is important that the guidance we receive is correct.
Yep and I prefer to make my own assumptions instead of blindly following someone else's. I'll listen to what the others say I'll accept what I believe works for me and ignore what doesn't. I don't treat every word they say as gospel text. I'm experienced to know enough about what works for me and my way of doing things. No of course I don't know everything and I'm happy to listen to anyone's advice no matter who it is but I'll analyse what they say and see if I agree or not
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