Discussion in 'Kenpo / Kempo - General' started by Bob Hubbard, Jan 15, 2006.
I am not sure who wrote that, but to be honest, there is a lot of information in there that is incorrect.
Thats the nice thing about it, it can be modified.
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i have a question, bob.
on this particular entry.....i too, agree that there is a lot of misinformation there.
a lot of the info in this particular entry is not contained in any reputable, previously researched source.
it simply seems to be a collection of the usual drivel that people talk about, that has no basis in fact....or in previously written works.
while there is a lot of speculation as to the origins of james mitose's kempo.....nothing has come to light that proves it wrong......sure there is reasonable doubt and doubters......but not all people think its a "complete" farce. there are elements of truth hidden in there.
this particular entry contains no cited resources.
so......with that long preface.
would citing Mitose's own books as a reference for the art of kempo be out of line?
he was in fact considered the expert on the subject until people started to have problems, either real or imagined ones, with him.
That's certainly a source, and I think it's proper to use it/them. But it'd be nice to have an independent, second source.
It may be that the best that can be done is to describe the current controversy over the history.
The idea is to have verifiable stuff, with the references, citations, etc. As his works were published, I'm pretty certain they are a citable source. Also, as Arni said, having it validated by an independent verifiable source is also good.
I think the Kenpo in the West part could do for a complete re-write. It's the original one from Wikipedia.
It should probably be called Hawaiin Kenpo Lineage, or something like that. I personally feel it was originally writen by a traditional stylist, as there are a lot of assumptions from a limited experience of Kenpo.
I'll see if I can come up with something a little better that shows both sides.
Bob, I am glad you started this as I've played with the idea myself for a couple of years now. Just never found the time. The reason I never did this is the logistics of keeping track of everything that someone could change.
For example, I was the one that originally put a list up of some of the styles. Then other people came along and started adding links to their sites. I personally feel that it is not optimal for people to link to sites, but should link to internal articles. You may want to consider making some rules about this. People should not use the Martialpedia to generate traffic for their site.
Anyways, I would like to see this project become a success. As such, if you requre any help, I would like to offer it. Be it as a mod or what have you.
Zoran, all the help is greatly appreciated. I'll be bumping up more people to sysop level once things start moving. As to the entries, it's all up for revision.
Palusut's the one who kept suggesting the project. I just installed the software and mirrored some entries.
thats the funny thing about any discussion of mitose.......anything other than the stuff that he has written is all hearsay.....nothing has been proven or disporven.
there are some actual facts....but there are also a bunch of half baked theories and wishful thoughts as to the origins of what it is he taught.
I'm glad to see the interst in the Kenpo History. I've studied Kenpo for the past 25 years. I also have been intrested in the history of the late GGM Mitose. My lineage is from Great Grandmaster Ralph Castro, my teacher is Grandmaster Richard Alameny
I myself take the good with the bad. we are all here to learn what works for us. It dosen't mater that Mitose was the Best or just good. What maters is that He got the ball rolling so we can be the best we can be, and all the defferent styles that has come from this begining. we can all enjoy and benifit from. I encorage everyone to seek there own truth in themself. Keep up all great info. I enjoy this site, no bickering, just good sharing of knowlage and fellowship.
Interesting, Bob. I look forward to exploring and maybe interacting with this valuable resource.
I was under the impression that Kenpo/ Kempo was an Okinawan term, not Japanese. I thought it was the the Okinawan translation of the characters for the Chinese Quan Fa (Chuan Fa).
Can anyone clarify?
Nope. It's a japanese word. Okinawan laguages are dialects or subsets of Japanese.
I have theory you all can feel free to shoot down, but it will be pretty hard to shake this opinion. The pronuncation of kenpo is an Ed Parker twist on the word Kempo. To Ken something in English is to understand it. So the word becomes an understanding of the fist. Law of the fist or Kempo means to understand the parameters defining(laws of motion and nature) or in short that paricular understanding; hence, all the kempo varaitions or ways of thinking. In other words its all the Sam Ting.
Okay, I'll shoot it down. :shock:
Nice theory. Except Kenpo is not an Parker twist. As I understand it, Chow used Kenpo and later changed it to Kempo. I believe Parker spelled it the way he was taught to spell it from his instructor.
In either case, we do not have the alphabet to be able to simulate the pronounciation of Japanese words. We could have just as easily spelled it Kemho.
A mere flesh wound.
Well I guess we can have some fun with it.
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I was going with the japanese fist action.:ultracool
Hmmm that's not what it says here,
Also, I believe that there are a small number of Okinawans that actually speak the Okinawan language. The majority now speak Japanese, but they are definately two different languages.
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