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It would be wonderful to learn from a 1st Generation BB, but...

February 1 2011 at 9:10 PM
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Alan Wortman aka Old Fat Kenpoak  (Login OldFatKenpoka)
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It would be wonderful to have learned directly from Ed Parker directly. It would be wonderful to have learned from a 1st generation Parker BB.

But, if every other teacher is less capable than the first generation teachers, that means that the art is declining. It means that after the 1st generation teachers stop teaching, then the 2nd generation teachers are teaching a weaker art. Taking this futher, the art gets weaker with every subsequent generation. If you believe this, then you believe that Kenpo is declining and will suffer a long slow death.

While it could be great to learn the original way, wouldn't it be better if the 2nd and 3rd and subsequent generation of teachers were actually doing things better than the originators? Wouldn't that be the sign of a healthy and living art?


Alan Wortman aka Old Fat Kenpoka

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