What I really liked about the Kenpo Kardz...November 1 2007 at 1:34 PM
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|Dave Crouch, DC (Login DrDaveDC)|
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Response to Hello Ed Jr.
I'm kinduva meat-&-potato kenpo kinda guy. I enjoy the fancy definitions in the Encyclopedia, but never got one. (when I decided to, they were out).
So, things like categories and relationships always managed to escape me...heck, even technique names slip right off my memory like a butterd egg off teflon, and I only remember techs as "the one where you go like this". Unfortunately, flash cards don't help (long-term drain bamage issue), so I avoided the Kardz assuming it was just a technique flash deck. Then, at the Chow Memorial in February, Edmund also had the book that goes with them, telling you what the symbols mean and how to use them as a study aid.
Sweet Jumpin' Jehosaphat, did that bring the thing to life. Small images all over the things act as keys to help you make correlations. Codified abbreviations allow you to lump techs into family groupings by several classification criteria. Lo and behold, some things started to make sense to me that I'd just given up on trying to get my brain wrapped around. So I went from not getting them, to thinking about getting them to support Edmunds art, efforts, and contributions, to getting them because they are an excellent tool for expanding understanding of relationships within the art.
It only took 2 generations of Ed Parkers to get that light bult to snap on in my head. And they said I was slow. Thank you, Edmund, for your thoughtful and thought-provoking work. I'm looking forward to the next installation.