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Kenpo

According to many martial arts historians, kenpo karate was created by William Kwai Sun Chow. From there, it was popularized by Ed Parker first in Hawaii and, later, on the American mainland. Although it’s often categorized as an American martial art, the style’s name is written with the same Chinese characters as chuan fa, a generic Chinese term for martial art.

Kenpo training emphasizes a scientific approach to combat and features techniques influenced by various Chinese, Japanese and Hawaiian arts. Many kata are taught, and rapid-fire hand techniques and combinations are often used. The art received a popularity boost after Jeff Speakman, a student of Ed Parker’s, showcased it in the movie The Perfect Weapon (1991).

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  1. Kenpo Karate Master Jeff Speakman Suffering From Cancer

    Kenpo Karate Master Jeff Speakman Suffering From Cancer

    On February 3, 2013, Jeff Speakman, student of kenpo karate legend Ed Parker and founder of kenpo 5.0, announced that he’s suffering from throat cancer. Specifically, he was diagnosed with a stage-4 tumor in his esophagus.
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  2. Taejoon Lee: Hwa Rang Do Sword-Fighting Demo

    Taejoon Lee: Hwa Rang Do Sword-Fighting Demo

    From July 30 to August 7, 2010, the World Hwa Rang Do Association held its 50th-anniversary celebration in Los Angeles. It included black-sash testing; a tournament that attracted practitioners from as far away as Italy; and lectures by Dr. Joo Bang Lee, the art’s founder, and Taejoon Lee, the art’s
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  3. 10 Kenpo Laws Every Martial Artist Should Know

    10 Kenpo Laws Every Martial Artist Should Know

    For decades, kenpo has been renowned in the West as one of the most effective and efficient martial arts in existence, and for hundreds of years before that it enjoyed a similar reputation in Asia. Much of that success can be attributed to a set of fighting principles that has
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  4. The Life of James Mitose: Kosho-Ryu Kenpo’s Founder

    The Life of James Mitose: Kosho-Ryu Kenpo’s Founder

    “Kenpo is my family’s art.”
    On December 30, 1916, in the rural North Kona district of Hawaii, a Japanese couple gave birth to a child they named Masayoshi Mitose. In the years that followed, he adopted the given name James and rose to fame as the man who brought kenpo to
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