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Understanding American Kenpo

October 7 2010 at 8:59 PM
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Sami Ibrahim  (Login kenposoldier01)
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Go ahead and make up a list of martial arts techniques that you think will work under all situations and circumstances. No such martial arts techniques exist! I think the confusion that exists between those who understand American Kenpo and those of other martial arts who are not familiar with the logical design of Mr. Parkers later system is one of the leading causes for the ridiculous comments but certainly not all the reasons are due to a simple ignorance. I will not forget about the egos, politics and attempts to put competing instructors and associations down. Some guys just use the boards as a cheap and easy way to advertise.

We need to come to terms with a few fairly consistent realities as they pertain to American Kenpo. That system of Kenpo is a progressive and systematic approach to martial arts training. You are not going to see Delayed Sword executed one time and suddenly attain total enlightened understanding of the art nor are you going to increase your ability by leaps and bounds just from this single technique. The reality is that you will have to train this self-defense technique alongside a dozen other parts of the training plan and build on this starting point. Thus it is a progressive systematic approach and not a quick and easy solution.

In American Kenpo the training is building on itself and reinforcing past lessons while progressively teaching you more. Your continued training in these future lessons is increasing your ability. To subtract the training but consume the lesson is to subtract any gain in physical ability. Got that! You still got to train.
What does it mean to train? Is it just repetition of mimicry of motion on unresisting partners? No it is not! Training in the context of Kenpo is comprised of physical conditioning, mental conditioning, and training without a partner and with a partner, sparring, and training with and without weapons and the study of the science of it. Without understand the whys, it is easy to mistake a part of the system as being for a purpose that it is in fact not for at all.

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