Quick Question

distalero

Orange Belt
Joined
Jul 27, 2004
Messages
97
Reaction score
1
I guess this question is for one of the (and I say this with the utmost respect :)) "old timers"; someone who was there at the time, or soon after.

Who was (is) Tom Gow in the past scheme of things? I was just given one of the old 19 page booklets, entitled "Ed Parker's Kenpo Karate, Volume 1 The Basics", written by "Ed Parker and Tom Gow, Photos by Daniel Gow". For the sake of history it would be nice to have some information on this.

Thanks to those who know.
 

Kembudo-Kai Kempoka

Senior Master
Joined
Mar 9, 2004
Messages
2,227
Reaction score
113
Location
Dana Point, CA
Now there's an obscure historical reference. Perhaps Doc or Mr. Conatser can chime in with some details...it's certainly before my time, and they are both really old. I mean, really old.

D.
 

Tames D

RECKLESS
MTS Alumni
Joined
Apr 18, 2006
Messages
5,133
Reaction score
663
Location
Los Angeles, CA
I also have a copy of that publication. I thought I was the only one, lol. Those are some pictures of a very young Ed Parker. Tom Gow is pictured on the cover and again on page 18.

All I know about Tom Gow is he was one of the guys training in the early days with/under Ed Parker. I've heard Mike Pick mention that he worked out with him. Pick might be able to answer your questions.
 

Touch Of Death

Sr. Grandmaster
MTS Alumni
Joined
May 6, 2003
Messages
11,610
Reaction score
844
Location
Spokane Valley WA
I also have a copy of that publication. I thought I was the only one, lol. Those are some pictures of a very young Ed Parker. Tom Gow is pictured on the cover and again on page 18.

All I know about Tom Gow is he was one of the guys training in the early days with/under Ed Parker. I've heard Mike Pick mention that he worked out with him. Pick might be able to answer your questions.
Now I'm curious... LOL
 

Doc

Senior Master
Joined
May 12, 2002
Messages
4,201
Reaction score
143
Location
Southern California
Tom Gow was one of the Old Timers that studied at the Pasadena School in the early days. When Tom Posed for those pictures in and on the cover of the "basics booklet" he was a brown belt. Tom dropped out of sight only to return to kenpo about 10 years later and nearly a hundred pounds heavier. Tom rededicated himself to the school during the period when it was run by Frank Trejo, lost all the weight, made black belt, and promptly disappeared - again.
 

Goldendragon7

Grandmaster
Joined
Feb 15, 2002
Messages
5,643
Reaction score
37
Location
Scottsdale, Arizona
Tom Gow was one of the Old Timers that studied at the Pasadena School in the early days. When Tom Posed for those pictures in and on the cover of the "basics booklet" he was a brown belt. Tom dropped out of sight only to return to kenpo about 10 years later and nearly a hundred pounds heavier. Tom rededicated himself to the school during the period when it was run by Frank Trejo, lost all the weight, made black belt, and promptly disappeared - again.

Last I saw Tom Gow was on a return trip from England with Mr. Parker. We ran into him at LAX. Chatted for a short time in which he said he was with the John Birch Society traveling around doing business.

I asked Mr. Parker why anyone would want to go around trying to replace plastic toilet seats with wooden ones...... he responded as he laughed... and said "NO you have it wrong... you are talking about the Birch John Society". lol

:toilclaw:
 

Doc

Senior Master
Joined
May 12, 2002
Messages
4,201
Reaction score
143
Location
Southern California
Last I saw Tom Gow was on a return trip from England with Mr. Parker. We ran into him at LAX. Chatted for a short time in which he said he was with the John Birch Society traveling around doing business.

I asked Mr. Parker why anyone would want to go around trying to replace plastic toilet seats with wooden ones...... he responded as he laughed... and said "NO you have it wrong... you are talking about the Birch John Society". lol

:toilclaw:
You know you're sick right?
 
Top