Very few people are actually doing and/or teaching Kenpo anymore. Many of the Parker Black Belts have gone on to other things. There's a very predominant instructor on the East Coast certified and teaching Systema. While others think they need to attend to the "ground" game and are teaching a variety of techniques and changing the blueprint of Mr. Parker's original works. While other again, have completely abandoned the material and created their own, calling it "leaner and meaner", or strictly teaching the Concepts, Theories, and Principles and calling it something else.
I think most of the ones who've changed it never understood it to begin with. They've made their own conclusions of the art based on their physical and mental abilities, and most of them are lacking in both.
I get chastised for many of my ideas concerning the art. ARMMing, Gelatinous Phase, Three things necessary,catalysts,Even-If, etc., etc. I'm expounding on the ideas of Mr. Parker, refining the art while keeping it intact, and teaching the blueprint laid out in Mr. Parker's books. My subtle changes don't "change" the art, it simply lays it out in a more palatable way, and easier to understand. I've found teaching a refined version also helps the students find the art in it's entirety, not just parts of it.
There are Kenpo studios who focus on Tournaments, and I've never seen a post where any of them ever discuss the finer points of what a technique, form, or set teaches. For them, it's all about something else.
I'm hardcore, when I teach you, I'll hurt you to make you learn, or just go away. If you're one of my student, you'll learn to manifest the art (all of it, the CTPs, everything),and you'll understand not just pontificate about it.
My teacher taught me very well, and I don't intend to betray his trust and knowledge by going off and doing something weird. I'm simpy trying to improve the pedagogy of what he gave me so more will truly understand the art as a whole.
In summation, the answer to your question is:
You can only practice what you know, physically, but what most don't ask is, have you thought about Kenpo? Practicing will only help so much if you never understand why. But, if you don't understand why, you'll tell a student to keep practicing because that's all they know.
Have a great gun carryin' Kenpo day
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