Saw the history of the UFC on tv, other night. Those in Kenpo who are dummies for a very long time.
Need to reevaluate why they are there. I look at it, S&M in some fashion.
Learning should be a give and take in all the drills. Not just receiving a beating for many years.
Being able to take a punch is important though. But much later on in training.
Kenpo= fist way, or way of the fist, if you look at it that way, boxing has to be major influence.
I look at as physically intense. Why the term Kajukenbo is more appropriate.
IMHO EPAK is elementary and should be taught to youngsters with no contact, 1st year.
When they learn a couple of katas and then the reason for them are explained, two man drills, no contact.
Similar to no contact sparring, hitting bags early on is a must, do not strike others.
As they age and learn the essence of the art as I look at it, the contact can be added slowly.
So many just don't get the idea of Self Defense. Self defense is not a sport. It is survival.