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Grandmaster Al Tracy Passes

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, … Continue reading

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Kenpo Salutation

1. Attention Stance. Have your right arm straight out towards 12:00 as a fist. Bring your left hand to rest on it as a blade. 2. Step your right foot forward into a right front crossover as you pull your … Continue reading

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Long Form 5

Long 5 is known, alternately, as the Takedown form, the point-of-origin form, the parallel line form, or the hand-accent form. Throughout the form, notice the use of the pattern of claw, back-knuckle, pushdown, using alternating hands. Do the full Kenpo … Continue reading

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Short Form #2

Short Form 2 6th Kyu Purple Belt Theme: Advancing with front hand block; front and rear hand counters, utilizing body momentum, rotation, and gravitational marrage. Salutation: Start from a meditating horse stance facing 12 :00. 1. With your right foot … Continue reading

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Tracy Kenpo Karate

HOW THE TRACY SYSTEM OF KENPO KARATE BEGAN Last update: 03/02/10 The secret to the success of the Tracy System is no secret at all:  Provide a quality service—Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu as self-defense that actually works—taught through private instruction by competent, qualified, … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Taekwondo from Japanese Karate

By Eric Madis[1] Taekwondo (t’aegwondo, kicking and punching way/art) is a Korean martial art and combative sport distinguished by kicks, hand strikes, and arm blocks. Its sanctioned history claims that taekwondo is 2,000 years old, that it is descended from … Continue reading

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When We Were Black Belts                                                              

James E Tracy Copyright Ó 2007                                                                              Chapter 1 In the summer of 1957, three brothers walked into Ed Parker’s Kenpo-Karate School in Pasadena, California and paid $60 each for the three-month beginner’s course. In less than ten years two of these … Continue reading

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The Origin of Kenpo Karate

by Will Tracy 33/8/97 (revised 1/11/98) (second revision 8/8/99) Kenpo is a Japanese unarmed fighting art that was brought from China to Japan about 700 years ago by the Yoshida Clan and was quickly adopted by the Komatsu Clan. The … Continue reading

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Tracy’s Kenpo Karate Curriculum

Tracy’s Kenpo Karate Curriculum Yellow Belt (Hachikyu) Techniques Japanese Sword (AB)…………..  (A) Left Punch  (B) Right Punch Chinese Sword (AB)…………….  (A) Right Punch  (B) Left Punch Delayed Sword………………….. Right Punch Knee of Vengeance……………..  Two hand grab Fang of the Cobra……………….  … Continue reading

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Kenpo Karate Setting History Right 1962-1964

by Will Tracy 3/8/97 (revised 1/11/98) (second revision 8/8/99) (updated 06/16/2009) The period between 1962 and 1964 saw more visible changes in Kenpo than any other time. Not only did brown tips go to the colored belt system that has … Continue reading

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Kenpo Karate Setting History Right 1960-1962

by Will Tracy 3/8/97 (revised 1/11/98) (second revision 8/8/99) Ed Parker kept his promise to Professor Chow and opened another school about twenty miles south of Pasadena in early 1960, but it was a complete failure, and closed before April … Continue reading

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Kenpo Karate – Setting History Right 1954-1956

by Will Tracy 3/8/97 (revised 1/11/98) (second revision 8/8/99) Professor Chow promoted Ed Parker to brown belt before Ed returned to Brigham Young University in the fall of 1954. Ed’s three years in the Coast Guard made him eligible for … Continue reading

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Kenpo Karate – Setting History Right 1949-1954

by Will Tracy 3/8/97 (revised 1/11/98) (second revision 8/8/99) Kenpo Karate today owes its very existence to Ed Parker, as it was Ed Parker who brought Kenpo Karate to the mainland from Hawaii and made it world famous. Ed Parker … Continue reading

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