The "Zen of Kenpo" is an insightful and interesting volume of analytical, tactical, and philosophical quotes from the teachings and writings of the Senior Grandmaster of American Kenpo, Ed Parker Sr. Having learned early in life the folly of not recording his thoughts on paper or audio tape. Whether at home, at a restaurant, in a hotel or traveling on an airplane, he continually recorded more and more of his thoughts and ideas. Mr. Parker's insights and ideas cover a broad range of subjects relating to the Martial Arts--Combat Wisdom, Patience, Philosophy and Zen. Intended to supplement his previous works, he hoped to give interested parties a deeper understanding of the intricacies of Kenpo--not only as an art, but also as a way of life. Mr. Parker observed and came to understand that like analogies and short stories, the imagery evoked through sayings, breathes life into technical descriptions and principles of KENPO. Feeling that this volume of his quotes would encourage open minded students to view technical descriptions and principles of Kenpo in the light of their own experiences, he felt his sayings would add to a person's overall depth of knowledge.
About the Author
Sr. Grandmaster Ed Parker (Mar. 19, 1931 - Dec. 15, 1990) was the foremost authority and instructor of Kenpo Karate in the United States. Owner of the International Kenpo Karate Association and the International Karate Championship. He opened the first Kenpo Karate studio in The United States in Pasadena, California in 1956. Mr. Parker has been featured in many National and International magazines: Time, Look, Strength and Health, Show Business Illustrated, Iron Man, Action Karate, Black Belt, Inside Kung Fu. He appeared in dozens of movies and television shows including Revenge of the Pink Panther, Curse of the Pink Panther, I Spy, The Lucy Show, Courtship of Eddie's Father, he choreographed all the fight scenes in The Perfect Weapon. Throughout the years Sr. Grandmaster Parker authored many books: Basic Karate Booklet, Kenpo Karate Law of the Fist, The Women's Guide to Self Defense, Secrets of Chinese Karate, A Guide to the Nunchaku, Infinite Insights into Kenpo (Volumes 1-5), the Zen of Kenpo, Inside Elvis, Accumulative Journals (Yellow Belt - 3rd Black), and Encyclopedia of Kenpo. He also has two videos Sophisticated Basics #1 Stances and #2 Maneuvers. Sr. Grandmaster Parker's uniqueness in his lifetime work rests in his efforts to combat traditional restrictions binding progressive thinking in the martial arts. His contributions and innovations are endless encompassing logic and reasoning not yet employed by others. His near three decades of experience, contributions, and pioneering endeavors establishes him as the Sr. Grandmaster of our system. Additional reading material on Ed Parker Sr., Memories of Ed Parker written by his wife Leilani Parker.