- May 12, 2002
- Reaction score
- Southern California
Not really. Ed Parker was taught what would eventually become the "Book Set," by Ark Yuey Wong. It should be noted that the young Jimmy Woo was also frequently in Ark Wong's school as well. There were many influences and crossovers among teachers and students that help to fuel the confusion. I confirmed my memory talking with Grandmaster Douglas Wong (nephew of Ark Wong), last week on this issue.Seabrook said:The Book Set is a Hung Gar Kung Fu set. Jimmy Woo taught the Panther Set to Ed Parker, only to be later modified by Parker to give it more of a Kenpo flavor. In Kenpo Karate 201: The Basics and Exercise Forms, Lee Wedlake (2002) clearly states that the Book Set was not a part of the American Kenpo curriculum. Parker dropped the Book Set from his general teaching.
Hope that helps.
When the Tracy's broke off, they initially took the Book Set with them as a part of their teaching. But they created their own similar Panther Set, with both existing simultaneously. Eventually the Panther Set supplanted the Book Set.
So you see it all depends on 'what' you learned, 'when' you learned it, and 'who' you learned it from. Some lineages within the same group are doing things different from another guy down the street wearing the same patch.
See my response to the Tracy's use of 'motion' kenpo.