KudosMay 31 2008 at 1:12 PM
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|tom bleecker (Login kenpotom)|
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Response to Hello, Mr. Bleecker
Thanks for your response. I guess what caught my eye in your original post was the word "obviously." Over the course of my training from white belt to black belt I was taught all of the forms by Mr. Parker, as were a great many kenpoists who came up in those early years. To this day, those who trained with and under me will attest to my being a stickler about the forms.
Throughout the learning process, and even during the years that followed when I focused mainly on teaching and had a school under the IKKA banner, I never recall Mr. Parker explaining the forms to such a high degree of comparison. That's not to say he didn't, just that he never shared such intricacies with me.
In reflecting back to the early years, I recall that the forms were put together by Mr. Parker with the assistance of a number of his advanced students, who, collectively as well as individually (at least as I knew them), weren't inclined to design these forms with these intricate intercorrelations. Instead, the forms simply contained our Kenpo techniques, although there was a degree of categorization, for example Form 3 focusing on escape techniques, etc. Anyway, thanks for sharing this insight. I'm surely never beyond learning except when it comes to betting against the Lakers.