“I WANT YOU TO ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT KENPO WILL ALWAYS BE THE ART OF PERPETUAL CHANGE….IF YOU REMEMBER THIS THEN THE ART WILL NEVER BECOME OBSOLETE”….”THE IGNORANT REFUSE TO STUDY AND THE INTELLIGENT NEVER STOP”…..Supreme Grand Master Ed Parker
This is one of Supreme Grand Master Ed Parker’s last quotes.
He was inspired decades ago to examine his Kung Fu critically and insightfully to create American Kenpo as we know it today. Clearly, his desire was that we should resist the temptation to immortalize his art by leaving it to stagnate. The essence of the art of Kenpo is change and evolution. In this spirit, therefore, we are compelled to respond to the challenge of moving the art of Kenpo to the next level, and that is the Kenpo 5.0 system. This system is one of perpetual change, not for the sake of change alone, but rather change that propels the system forward at every salient point in time.
The goal of the Kenpo 5.0 system is to remain on the cutting edge of martial arts and lead the world of self-defense. In 1991 the Gracie family brought their system of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the United States and thus began the elimination of the impractical martial arts. By default, the challenge and importance of evolving this art of Kenpo was born. This reality became overwhelmingly obvious in a very short period of time. So, for both self-serving reasons, and to address the common good of the art, we took on the challenge and created the Kenpo 5.0 system. The 5.0 Fighter competition events necessarily and quickly followed. Others have attempted to address this issue in the past and have chosen to partner with Jiu-Jitsu in various degrees. The challenge is to maintain the essence of the principles and concepts of Kenpo balanced with the addition of the principles and concepts of Jiu-Jitsu. That balance has not been successfully achieved until the introduction of Kenpo 5.0. This is truly a ground system of, for, and by Kenpo practitioners. Read More!