The Kenpo Karate Compendium: The Forms and Sets of American Kenpo

The Kenpo Karate Compendium: The Forms and Sets of American Kenpo

by Lee Wedlake


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The Kenpo Karate Compendium details the forms of American Kenpo as prescribed by the “Father of American Karate,” Ed Parker. Author Lee Wedlake, 9th degree black belt, world-class instructor and competitor, brings his acclaimed training and teaching experience to bear in this unique resource for all who practice and teach American Kenpo and its offshoot systems. The American Kenpo system is taught worldwide and this reference will become a standard for thousands of Kenpo practitioners in various lineages. It will also serve as a stimulus for all martial artists by providing a sense of the logical framework of American Kenpo. Having collected the general rules of motion and the numerous fine points of Kenpo, the book is a standout in the genre.
• COMPREHENSIVE TREATMENT of the Kenpo Karate system provides a progression of teaching curricula for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students and instructors
• COVERS history, fundamentals, forms, solo and partner practice, and advanced technical skills
• INCLUDES over 450 black and white photos detailing forms and techniques
• SOMETHING FOR ALL STUDENTS, whether pursuing martial arts for health, competition, self-defense, or personal improvement
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: What the Beginner and the Black Belt Should Know
Chapter 2: The Basics and Exercise Forms: Short and Long 1 and Short and Long 2
Chapter 3: The Intermediate Forms: Short Form Three and Long Form Three
Chapter 4: Form Four
Chapter 5: Form Five
Chapter 6: Form Six
Chapter 7: Form Seven
Chapter 8: Form Eight
Chapter 9: The Sets
Now What? Legal viewpoint by Frank Triolo
Capstone--The Thesis Form
General rules of motion
Recommended Reading
About the Author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583948514
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 01/13/2015
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 357,256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ninth degree black belt in Kenpo Karate noted in Tom Bleecker's The Journey as one of the world's most proficient kenpoists, with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from University of Illinois, LEE WEDLAKE, on the Board of Directors of the World Registry of Black Belts, Organization and Federations, is recognized by the Shidokan International group as Hanshi, Chief Grandmaster Instructor; and is a senior advisor to Progressive Kenpo Systems.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Foreword John Sepulveda xv

Original Foreword Ed Parker (1987) xvii

Introduction xix

Footwork Notation System xxiii

1 What Is This Stuff? 1

Who Was Ed Parker? 3

The Family Tree 6

The Ed Parker IKKA Seniors 7

Is There Any Tenth Degree? 8

How to Be a Good Student 9

Physical Limitations and Previous Experience 11

How to Practice 12

Solo Practice 12

Partner Practice 13

Burnout 14

Our Self-Defense Techniques 15

What's with All the Names and Their Code-Words? 17

What's with All the Numbers? 19

Breathing and Kiai 19

Falling and Rolling Skills 22

Strong and Weak Sides 24

Attitude and Self-Defense 25

Flight or Fight, Posture or Submit 27

Weapons 28

Defense Against a Weapon 28

Use of a Weapon 30

2 Salutations and the Foundations of Form 33

Salutation Basics 34

The Hands and Arms 35

The Horse Stance 37

About the Formal Salutation 38

Executing the Formal Salutation 41

Comparative Interpretations, Systems, and Variations 46

Self-Defense Applications of the Salutation 49

The Purpose of Forms 50

A History of Kenpo Forms 51

Learning Forms 54

How to Practice Forms 56

Eliminate Extra Steps 57

Practice in Slow Motion 59

The 'Pilot's Checklist" for Forms Practice 61

Practice for Power 64

Practice for Speed 65

Practice for Timing 65

Developing Visualization 66

Practice with Partners 67

Practicing for Competition and Demonstration 69

Leave the Standards Alone! 71

3 The Basics Forms: Short & Long Form One and Short & Long Form Two 73

Short Form One 73

Footwork 75

Timing 75

Power Principles 76

The Blocking Order 77

The Theme: Retreat 77

Short Form One: Detail of the Form Sections 78

Long Form One: Some Background 81

Long Form One: Detail of the Form Sections 83

Short Form Two 87

Footwork 87

Advancing 87

Timing 88

Power Principles 88

Additional Stances 90

New Hand Formations 90

The Dominant Hand 91

Short Form Two: Detail of the Form Sections 91

Long Form Two 96

Footwork 96

Timing 97

Hand and Arm Strikes 97

Kicks 98

Isolation 98

Long Form Two: Detail of the Form Sections 99

In Closing 109

4 The Intermediate Forms: Short Form Three and Long Form Three 111

Short Form Three 111

Technique Sequence 112

Relating the Techniques 130

Practice with Opponents 134

Long Form Three 135

"Dead" and "Semi-Live" Attacks 136

Technique Sequence 136

Closing Remarks 156

5 Form Four 159

Overview 160

Technique Sequence 162

Additional Observations 214

6 Form Five 219

Overview 219

Technique Sequence 220

Additional Observations 255

Implications of Sleeper Holds, by Mark Rowe, MD 260

7 Form Six 263

Overview 263

Technique Sequence 263

Additional Observations 306

Closing Comments 308

No Excuse for Poor Execution 308

Gun Techniques and Their "Extensions" 309

8 Forms Seven and Eight 313

Some Background on These Two Forms 313

Form Seven, Overview 314

Technique Sequence 315

Form Eight, Overview 316

Technique Sequence 318

9 The Sets 319

Star Block 319

Finger Set 320

Finger Set Two 322

Striking Set(s) 322

Two-Man Set (Black Belt Set) 323

Stance Set(s) 324

Kicking Set(s) 325

Coordination Set(s) 326

Staff Set 327

10 Capstone-The Thesis 331

The Basic Thesis Form 332

The Intermediate Thesis Form 334

Creating the Techniques 336

The Advanced Thesis Form 338

Spontaneous Form 339

Now What? Afterword Frank C. Triolo, Attorney at Law 341

Appendix: General Rules (or Principles) of Motion 343

Glossary 349

Recommended Reading 353

About the Author 355

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