Grandmaster Al Tracy Passes

24 June 1936-31 October 2017 81 years old

The world lost one of the most senior if not most senior Kenpo Grandmasters in the world in the early hours of 30 Oct. 2017.  He was one of Ed Parkers earliest black belts and arguably the “keeper”of Original Kenpo, the Kenpo before American Kenpo! As one of his students I spoke with him often in the 90’s and his wife Pat about things he posted in the previous months newsletters he put out and which to this day I still refer to about ideas etc.

He wrote many articles and allowed me to reprint or copy any of them because he was a true Grandmaster and a sharer of knowledge.  While Kenpo was not my original art, he never once demeaned or had issues with my art, he only cared that when I learned from him that I learned it correctly and always encouraged me to not just seek knowledge from him, but would discuss my experience when I went to some other Kenpo seminar and would always explain with great detail the differences between what he originally learned and what was being taught as “American Kenpo.”

I spoke with his wife Pat recently to express my condolences and as always she was steadfast, gracious and true to the Kenpo spirit and I know GM Tracy is so happy and proud of his strength.  The Tracy Kenpo System will go one with his son at the helm and ever one of his students, grand students and great grand students and everyone who got to spend time with him.  There will be a memorial held in California in February 2018 and we will post the info as we get it.

He is survived by his wife Pat of 33 years, his daughter Tina and son Mark and I know as every child will, they miss him greatly as they move forward.

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Nowling sahyun has been a long time student of the martial arts and a history major and has been published and continues to promote all martial arts via the Kido Kwan, its publications, students and members .


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Nowling sahyun has been a long time student of the martial arts and a history major and has been published and continues to promote all martial arts via the Kido Kwan, its publications, students and members .

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