More on the BKFSeptember 17 2008 at 2:24 AM
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From my archives, since this topics has come up now and again. I save most emails regarding Kenpo that Doc Chapel sends to me. You may find this interesting:
THE BKF was formed around one simple premise. We had a plethora of people that had formed an informal training relationship from various styles. Most, but not all were black. They found themselves in a unique situation. In tournaments, when you initially line up to compete in sparring, you do not line up against association members, school-mates, or friends, instead choosing to compete against people you don't know in an effort to not eliminate those you do.
The group found among themselves some of the best competitors around, and were eliminating each other while forced to line up against each other because other styles, schools, and associations were formalized. When I took the issue to Mr. Parker regarding the IKC, he suggested we formalize the organization. In fact, he said he had been thinking about it for awhile. He had done essentially the same thing with "Tiny" lefiti, and "Tino" Tuiolosega, suggesting the creation of Limalama to tap into the Polynesian and Hispanic Community. He felt that a formal inner city group built around ethnic Blacks would be successful as well.
I brokered the idea to my friends, who also had been considering the same thing. In other words, we all were already pretty much on the same page. We needed representation in tournaments from a formal organization for the purposes of political clout to avoid lining up against each other, and representation at rules meetings, etc.
The name was chosen as Jerry, Cliff, I in the presence of the only witness, Al "Hot Dog" Harvey, mentally ran down the list of other martial arts organizations. All of the traditional groups that we had been associated with, and grew up with were culture based. From the Chinese Martial Arts association, Japanese Karate Association, Okinawa-te Federation, etc. Jerry said, "What are we going to call the "Black" karate association?" Somebody said, "That's it!" and briefly it became the "Black Karate Association." But I pointed out, that would be fine if we were all the same style, but we represented many styles. Because it was decided we were not be a style based group, we decided on the term "federation." B.K.F. was born.
All the time we were having this discussion, Jerry who is a gifted illustrator and artist, was sketching all of out ideas as we spoke. He designed on the spot, the BKF Patch and the promotion certificate, and I have the original artwork from the day.
All of this was done at the apartment where Cliff and I were room-mates while students at UCLA. There was only the three of us there and Al "Hot Dog" Harvey sitting on the couch, observing the whole thing. Jerry Smith, Cliff Stewart, Ron Chapél, and Al Harvey asa witness. There were no other people present, and only the four of us there at the birth of the Black Karate Federation.
Only we four can speak to the formation, mission, and reasons for the BKF. Everything, and everyone else came after, (and in some cases well after), the fact.
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