- Aug 1, 2004
- Reaction score
- Winnipeg MB
http://www.newwest.net/index.php/main/article/6559/While learning the art of Kenpo, Parker would incorporate street fighting techniques he had learned on the mean streets of Honolulu that would make the traditionalist system more practical. He also incorporated Mormon doctrine into his own system. He was particularly impressed by Christ's use of parables to further his religious doctrine
"Wow," he said to himself. "Is it possible that I could do the same with kenpo that Christ did with the teachings of the scriptures?"
It was this melding of religious ideology (both straight Christian and Mormon) with classical martial arts techniques that would produce a fighting system that would push past the daunting oriental formalism and create something that would appeal to pragmatic westerners. Ed Parker broke away from static martial arts and tailored training to the individual.