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ED PARKER'S AMERICAN KENPO SELF DEFENSE TECHNIQUES and KATA
BELT REQUIREMENTS

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YELLOW BELT through THIRD BLACK BELT

Grand Master Ed Parker knew he would not be around forever. In an effort to give longevity and structure to his new AMERICAN KENPO SYSTEM Ed Parker set MINIMUM standards for obtaining each belt rank, Yellow Belt through 3rd Black Belt, which was the highest tested rank in American Kenpo.

In 1987 - Three years before his death on December 15, 1990 - Ed Parker published Volume V of INFINITE INSIGHTS INTO KENPO. In this book he set forth the minimum requirements for each belt. Those requirements would specify the exact techniques to be taught and the order in which they are to be taught. These were to be used as a guide for all future American Kenpo students.

Ed Parker had planned to put out a complete 40 Volume Video set - covering his new American Kenpo Kenpo System. Unfortunately for the American Kenpo community Ed Parker died before completing this project.

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His delay was cause by the fact he did not want to use any of his existing Black Belts in the videos - because he knew that after his death anyone he used in the videos would claim to be his successor. At his funeral Mrs Parker made it very clear that he had chosen none of his existing follower or Black Belts to take over or assume the leadership of the IKKA or "Ed Parker's Kenpo"! That control, and leadership would remain with the Parker family.

Ed Parker was farsighted in this. Within seven years of his death there were at least 40 groups that broke from Ed Parkers original American Kenpo and formed their own association with each claiming to teach Ed Parker's system. Most of those groups have fractioned or disappeared. But there is only one Ed Parker System of Kenpo Karate, and that is the system Ed Parker left to his wife and family. All others are "AMERICAN KENPO", if, and only if they teach what Ed Parker established as American Kenpo.

It was for this reason Ed Parker left the generation of students to come a reference by which they could gage any instructor or association that claims to be teaching "AMERICAN KENPO".

The comparison is very simple - if an instructor is NOT teaching what Ed Parker set up as the MINIMUM requirements for each belt in Volumn V Infinite Insights into Kenpo, Mental & Physical Applications Pages 71 through 87, then he or she is not teaching "American Kenpo".

Now when an "INSTRUCTOR" or "Association" claims to be teaching American Kenpo all a student has to do is compare Ed Parkers "MINIMUM BELT REQUIREMENTS" against what is being taught by any instructor of association.

The comparisons is very simple: Yellow belt has 10 required self defense techniques; all belts Orange through 3rd degree Black Belt have 24 self Defense techniques. This differs from True Kenpo which originally had 40 techniques per belt, but was changed to 30 techniques (and variations) when True Kenpo belt testing included 5th degree (Godan) which requires 40 techniques.

There are no NEW American Kenpo self defense techniques past 2nd Brown.

1ST BROWN techniques are the extensions or complete ORANGE BELT Self Defense Technique.
1ST BLACK techniques are the extensions or complete PURPLE BELT Self Defense Technique.
2ND BLACK techniques are the extensions or complete BLUE BELT Self Defense Technique.
3RD BLACK techniques are the extensions or complete GREEN BELT Self Defense Technique.

FORTUNATELY FOR THE INSTRUCTOR AND DEDICATED STUDENT = The most authoritative and detailed "written manuals" on American Kenpo Self defense Techniques are available at arnis.org


REQUIRED TECHNIQUES FOR YELLOW BELT
(In the order they are to be taught) KATAS - Short 1 (Right side:A); Blocking Set 1

INFINITE INSIGHTS - VOLUME 5 - Page 71

1. DELAYED SWORD (front - right and lapel grab)
2. ALTERNATING MACES (front - two-hand push)
3. SWORDS OF DESTRUCTION (front - left straight or roundhouse punch)
4. DEFLECTING HAMMER (front - right front thrust kick)
5. CAPTURED TWIGS (rear bear-hug, arms pinned)
6. THE GRASP OF DEATH (left flank - right arm headlock)
7. CHECKING THE STORM (front - right step-through overhead club)
8. MACE OF AGGRESSION(front - two-hand lapel grab, pulling in)
9. ATTACKING MACE (front - right step-through straight punch)
10. SWORD AND HAMMER (right flank -left hand shoulder grab)

REQUIRED TECHNIQUES FOR ORANGE BELT

INFINITE INSIGHTS - VOLUME 5 - Pages 72-73

(In the order they are to be taught)

KATA: Short 1 (Right (A) - Left (B) sides; Kicking Set 1

1. CLUTCHING FEATHERS - Front Left Hand Hair Grab
2. TRIGGERED SALUTE - Front Right Hand Straight Punch
3. DANCE OF DEATH - Front Right Straight Punch
4. THRUSTING SALUTE - Front Right Step Through Kick
5. GIFT OF DESTRUCTION - Handshake
6. LOCKING HORNS - Front Headlock
7. LONE KIMONO - Front Left Hand Lapel Grab
8. GLANCING SALUTE - Front Right Hand Cross Push
9. FIVE SWORDS - Front Right Step Through Roundhouse Punch
10. BUCKLING BRANCH - Front Left Step Through Kick
11. SCRAPING HOOF - Full Nelson
12. GRIP OF DEATH - Left Flank Right Arm Headlock
13. CROSSING TALON - Front Right Hand Cross Wrist Grab
14. REPEATING MACE - Front Left Hand Push
15. SHIELDING HAMMER - Front Left Step Through Hooking Punch
16. STRIKING SERPENT'S HEAD - Front Bear Hug, Arms free
17. LOCKING WINGS - Hammerlock
18. OBSCURE WING - Right Flank Left Hand Shoulder Grab
19. REVERSING MACE - Front Left Step Through Straight Punch
20. THRUSTING PRONGS _ Front Bear Hug, Arms Pinned
21. TWISTING TWIG - Front Wrist Lock
22. OBSCURE SWORD - Right Flank Left Hand Shoulder Grab
23. RAINING CLAW - Front Right Uppercut Punch
24. CRASHING WINGS - Right Bear Hug, Arms Free

REQUIRED TECHNIQUES FOR PURPLE BELT
INFINITE INSIGHTS - VOLUME 5 - Pages 74-75

(In the order they are to be taught)

KATAS: LONG 1 (Right (A) and Left (B) sides; Finger Set 1; Coordination Set 1

1. TWIRLING WINGS - Rear Two-Hand Stiff-Arm Shoulder Grab
2. SNAPPING TWIG - front Left Hand Chest Push
3. LEAPING CRANE - Front Right Step Through Punch
4. SWINGING PENDULUM - Front Right Roundhouse Kick
5. CRUSHING HAMMERS - Rear Bear Hug -- Arms Pinned
6. CAPTURED LEAVES - Right Flank Finger Lock
7. EVADING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Overhead Club
8. CHARGING RAM - Front Tackle
9. PARTING WINGS - Front Two-Hand Push
10. THUNDERING HAMMERS - Front Right Step Through Punch
11. SQUEEZING THE PEACH - Rear Bearhug -- arms pinned
12. CIRCLING WING - Rear Two Hand Choke - Arms Bent
13. CALMING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Roundhouse Club
14. DARTING MACE - Front Two-Hand Wrist Grab
15. HOOKING WINGS - Front Two-Hand Low Push
16. SHIELD AND SWORD - Front Left Step Through Punch
17. GIFT IN RETURN - Front Handshake
18. BOW OF COMPULSION - Front Wrist Lock Against Opponent's Chest
19. OBSTRUCTING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Overhead Club
20. TWIN KIMONO - Front Two-Hand Lapel Grab - Push Out
21. SLEEPER - Front Right Front Step Tr ought Straight Punch
22. SPIRALING TWIG - Rear Bear Hug -- Arms Free
23. CROSS OF DESTRUCTION - Rear Two-Hand Choke
24. FLIGHT TO FREEDOM - rear Hammerlock

REQUIRED TECHNIQUES FOR BLUE BELT

INFINITE INSIGHTS - VOLUME 5 - Pages 76-77

(In the order they are to be taught)

KATAS: Short 2 (Right (A) and Left (B) sides); Striking Set 1; Stance Set 1

1. BEGGING HANDS - Front Two-Hand GRab to Wrists
2. THRUSTING WEDGE - Front Right Step Through Punch
3. FLASHING WINGS - Front Right Step Through Punch
4. HUGGING PENDULUM - Front Right Thrusting Knife-Edge Kick
5. REPEATING DEVASTATION - Full Nelson
6. ENTANGLED WING - Front Arm Lock
7. DEFYING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Roundhouse Club
8. RAKING MACE - Front Two-Hand Lapel Grab -- Pulling In
9. SNAKING TALON - Front Two Hand Push
10. SHIELD AND MACE - Front Right Step Through Punch
11. RETREATING PENDULUM - Front Right Thrusting Heel Kick
12. TRIPPING ARROW - Rear Two-Hand Choke
13. FALLEN CROSS - Rear Two-Hand Choke
14. RETURNING STORM - Front Inward Roundhouse And Backhand Club
15. CROSSED TWIGS - Rear Two -Hand Grabs To Wrist
16. TWIST OF FATE - Front Two Hand Push
17. FLASHING MACE - Front Right Step Through Punch
18. GIFT OF DESTINY - Front Handshake
19. WINGS OF SILK - Rear Two-Arm Hammerlock
20. GRIPPING TALON - Front Left Direct Right Wrist Grab
21. GATHERING CLOUDS - Front Right Step Through Punch
22. DESTRUCTIVE TWINS - Front Two-Hand Choke -- Pulling In
23. BROKEN RAM - Front Tackle
24. CIRCLING THE HORIZON - Front Right Step Through Punch

REQUIRED TECHNIQUES FOR GREEN BELT

INFINITE INSIGHTS - VOLUME 5 - Pages 78-79

(In the order they are to be taught)

KATAS: Long 2 (Right (A) and Left (B) sides; Short 3 Right (A) and Left (B) sides

1. OBSCURE CLAW - Right Flank Left Hand Shoulder Grab
2. ENCOUNTER WITH DANGER - Front Two - Hand Push
3. CIRCLING DESTRUCTION - Front Left Step Through Punch
4. DETOUR FROM DOOM - Front Right Roundhouse Kick
5. SQUATTING SACRIFICE - Rear Bear Hug -- Arms Free 
6. ESCAPE FROM DEATH - Rear Right-Arm Choke
7. BRUSHING THE STORM - Right Flank Right Step Trough Overhead Club
8. MENACING TWIRL - Rear Left-Hand Belt Grab
9. LEAP FROM DANGER - Rear Two-Hand Push
10. CIRCLES OF PROTECTION - Front Right Step Through Overhead Punch
11. CIRCLE OF DOOM - Front Right Straight Kick
12. BROKEN GIFT - Handshake
13. HEAVENLY ASCENT - Front Two-Hand Choke == Arms Straight
14. CAPTURING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Overhead Club
15. CONQUERING SHIELD - Front Left Stiff-Arm Lapel Grab
16. TAMING THE MACE - Front Right Step Through Punch
17. TWIRLING SACRIFICE - Full Nelson
18. CROSS OF DEATH - Front Two-Hand Cross Choke
19. SECURING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Roundhouse Club
20. INTERCEPTING THE RAM - Front Tackle
21. KNEEL OF COMPULSION - Right Flank Right Step Through Punch
22. CLIPPING THE STORM - Front Right Thrusting Club
23. GLANCING WING - Front Left Uppercut Punch
24. THE BACK BREAKER - Right FLank Right Step Through Punch

REQUIRED TECHNIQUES FOR 3RD DEGREE BROWN BELT

INFINITE INSIGHTS - VOLUME 5 - Pages 80-81

(In the order they are to be taught)

KATAS: Long 3 (Right (A) and Left (B) sides; Striking Set 2; Stance Set 2

1. GLANCING SPEAR - front Right Direct Wrist Grab
2. THRUST INTO DARKNESS - Rear Right Step Trough Punch
3. CIRCLING FANS - Front Right And Left front Straight Punch Combination
4. ROTATING DESTRUCTION - Front Right Snap and Left Spinning Back-Kick
5. FALCONS OF FORCE - Flank Left and Right Shoulder Grab By Two Men
6. THE BEAR AND THE RAM - Front Right PUnch and Rear Bear Hug -- Arms Free
7. RAINING LANCE - Front Right Step Through Overhead Knife
8. DESPERATE FALCONS - Front Two-Hand Grab to Both Wrists
9. LEAP OF DEATH - Front Right Step Through Punch
10. PROTECTING FANS - Front Right and Left Punch Combination With Opponents Left Leg Forward
11. DECEPTIVE PANTHER - Combination Right Front Snap Kick (Low) and Right Roundhouse Kick (High)
12. COURTING THE TIGER - Flank Left and Right Arm Grab By Two Opponents
13. GATHERING THE SNAKES - Front Left Punch and Rear Right Punch By Two Men
14. GLANCING LANCE - Front Right Knife Thrust While your Arms Are Down
15. DOMINATING CIRCLES - Front Right Shoulder Grab By Opponent's Right Hand
16. DESTRUCTIVE FANS - Left Flank Right Punch With Opponent's Rig Leg Forward
17. UNFURLING CRANE - Front Right and Left Punch Combination With Opponent's Right Leg Forward
18. GRASPING EAGLES - Front Right Lapel Grab and Rear Right Arms Grab By Two Men
19. PARTING OF THE SNAKES - Front Right Punch and Rear Attempt By Two Men
20. TRUSTING LANCE - Front Right Knife Trust While Your Arms Are Down
21. BLINDING SACRIFICE - Front Two-Hand Grab or Choke
22. SNAKES OF WISDOM - Flank Left and Right Shoulder Grabs By Two Men
23. ENTWINING LANCE - Front Right Knife Thrust
24. FALLING FALCON - Front Right Direct Lapel Grab

REQUIRED TECHNIQUES FOR 2ND DEGREE BROWN BELT

INFINITE INSIGHTS - VOLUME 5 - Pages 82-83

(In the order they are to be taught)

KATAS: Form 4; Two Man Set (both sides)

1. FATAL CROSS - Front Two-Hand Attempted Grab or Push
2. TWIRLING HAMMERS - Front Left Step Trough Punch
3. DEFENSIVE CROSS - front Right Snap Kick
4. DANCE OF DARKNESS - Front Right Kick Followed By a Right Punch
5. MARRIAGE OF THE RAMS - Right and Left Shoulder GRabs (Close) By Two Men
6. THE RAM AND THE EAGLE - Front Right Punch and Left Collar Grab By Two Men
7. ESCAPE FROM THE STORM - Right Flank Right Overhead Club
8. CIRCLING WINDMILLS - Front Two-Hand Push Followed By a Right Punch
9. DESTRUCTIVE KNEEL - Front Right Step Through Punch
10. BOWING TO BUpHA - Front Right Roundhouse Kick (While Kneeling On The Ground
)
11. REVERSING CIRCLES - Front Left Roundhouse Kick Followed By a Left Punch
12. REPRIMANDING THE BEARS - Front Right Punch and Rear Bear-Hug By Two Men -- Arms, Free
13. CIRCLING THE STORM - Front Right Club Thrust (Poke)
14. UNFOLDING THE DARK - Left Step Through Punch From The Right Rear Flank
15. UNWINDING PENDULUM - Front Right Kick Followed By A Right Punch
16. PIERCING LANCE - Front Right Knife Thrust While Your ARms Are Up
17. ESCAPE FROM DARKNESS - Right Punch From The Right Side
18. CAPTURING THE ROD - Front Right Pistol Holdup (Against Your Chest)
19. PRANCE OF THE TIGER - Right Flank Step Trough Uppercut Punch
20. BROKEN ROD - Rear Right Hand Pistol
21. ENTWINING MACES - Front Right and Left Punch With Opponent's Left Leg Forward
22. DEFYING THE ROD - Front Right Pistol Holdup
23. FATAL DEVIATION - Front Right and Left PUnch With Opponent's Left Leg Forward
24. TWISTED ROD - Front Right Pistol Holdup

NOTE: There are no new American Kenpo self defense techniques past 2 Brown Belt!

REQUIRED TECHNIQUES FOR 1ST DEGREE BROWN BELT

INFINITE INSIGHTS - VOLUME 5 - Page 84

NOTE: The techniques for FIRST DEGREE BROWN are identical to those listed under the ORANGE BELT requirements. The only difference is that the techniques in FIRST DEGREE BROWN extend beyond ORANGE for purposes of introducing new concepts and principles of motion.

(In the order they are to be taught)

KATAS: Form 5; Kicking Set 2

1. CLUTCHING FEATHERS - Front Left Hand Hair Grab
2. TRIGGERED SALUTE - Front Right Hand Straight Punch
3. DANCE OF DEATH - Front Right Straight Punch
4. THRUSTING SALUTE - Front Right Step Through Kick
5. GIFT OF DESTRUCTION - Handshake
6. LOCKING HORNS - Front Headlock
7. LONE KIMONO - Front Left Hand Lapel Grab
8. GLANCING SALUTE - Front Right Hand Cross Push
9. FIVE SWORDS - Front Right Step Through Roundhouse Punch
10. BUCKLING BRANCH - Front Left Step Through Kick
11. SCRAPING HOOF - Full Nelson
12. GRIP OF DEATH - Left Flank Right Arm Headlock
13. CROSSING TALON - Front Right Hand Cross Wrist Grab
14. REPEATING MACE - Front Left Hand Push
15. SHIELDING HAMMER - Front Left Step Through Hooking Punch
16. STRIKING SERPENT'S HEAD - Front Bearhug, Arms free
17. LOCKING WINGS - Hammerlock
18. OBSCURE WING - Right Flank Left Hand Shoulder Grab
19. REVERSING MACE - Front Left Step Through Straight Punch
20. THRUSTING PRONGS _ Front Bear Hug, Arms Pinned
21. TWISTING TWIG - Front Wrist Lock
22. OBSCURE SWORD - Right Flank Left Hand Shoulder Grab
23. RAINING CLAW - Front Right Uppercut Punch
24. CRASHING WINGS - Right Bearhug, Arms Free

REQUIRED TECHNIQUES FOR 1ST BLACK BELT

NOTE: The techniques for FIRST DEGREE BLACK are identical to those listed under the PURPLE BELT requirements. The only difference is that the techniques in FIRST DEGREE BLACK extend beyond PURPLE for purposes of introducing new concepts and principles of motion.

(In the order they are to be taught)

KATAS: Staff Set; Blocking Set 2

1. TWIRLING WINGS - Rear Two-Hand Stiff-Arm Shoulder Grab
2. SNAPPING TWIG - front Left Hand Chest Push
3. LEAPING CRANE - Front Right Step Through Punch
4. SWINGING PENDULUM - Front Right Roundhouse Kick
5. CRUSHING HAMMERS - Rear Bear Hug -- Arms Pinned
6. CAPTURED LEAVES - Right Flank Finger Lock
7. EVADING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Overhead Club
8. CHARGING RAM - Front Tackle
9. PARTING WINGS - Front Two-Hand Push
10. THUNDERING HAMMERS - Front Right Step Through Punch
11. SQUEEZING THE PEACH - Rear Bearhug -- arms pinned
12. CIRCLING WING - Rear Two Hand Choke - Arms Bent
13. CALMING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Roundhouse Club
14. DARTING MACE - Front Two-Hand Wrist Grab
15. HOOKING WINGS - Front Two-Hand Low Push
16. SHIELD AND SWORD - Front Left Step Through Punch
17. GIFT IN RETURN - Front Handshake
18. BOW OF COMPULSION - Front Wrist Lock Against Opponent's Chest
19. OBSTRUCTING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Overhead Club
20. TWIN KIMONO - Front Two-Hand Lapel Grab - Push Out
21. SLEEPER - Front Right Front Step Tr ought Straight Punch
22. SPIRALING TWIG - Rear Bear Hug -- Arms Free
23. CROSS OF DESTRUCTION - Rear Two-Hand Choke
24. FLIGHT TO FREEDOM - rear Hammerlock

REQUIRED TECHNIQUES FOR SECOND BLACK BELT B>NOTE: The techniques for SECOND DEGREE BLACK are identical to those listed under the BLUE BELT requirements. The only difference is that the techniques in SECOND DEGREE BLACK extend beyond BLUE for purposes of introducing new concepts and principles of motion.

(In the order they are to be taught)

KATAS: Form 6; Finger Set 2

1. BEGGING HANDS - Front Two-Hand GRab to Wrists
2. THRUSTING WEDGE - Front Right Step Through Punch
3. FLASHING WINGS - Front Right Step Through Punch
4. HUGGING PENDULUM - Front Right Thrusting Knife-Edge Kick
5. REPEATING DEVASTATION - Full Nelson
6. ENTANGLED WING - Front Arm Lock
7. DEFYING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Roundhouse Club
8. RAKING MACE - Front Two-Hand Lapel Grab -- Pulling In
9. SNAKING TALON - Front Two Hand Push
10. SHIELD AND MACE - Front Right Step Through Punch
11. RETREATING PENDULUM - Front Right Thrusting Heel Kick
12. TRIPPING ARROW - Rear Two-Hand Choke
13. FALLEN CROSS - Rear Two-Hand Choke
14. RETURNING STORM - Front Inward Roundhouse And Backhand Club
15. CROSSED TWIGS - Rear Two -Hand Grabs To Wrist
16. TWIST OF FATE - Front Two Hand Push
17. FLASHING MACE - Front Right Step Through Punch
18. GIFT OF DESTINY - Front Handshake
19. WINGS OF SILK - Rear Two-Arm Hammerlock
20. GRIPPING TALON - Front Left Direct Right Wrist Grab
21. GATHERING CLOUDS - Front Right Step Through Punch
22. DESTRUCTIVE TWINS - Front Two-Hand Choke -- Pulling In
23. BROKEN RAM - Front Tackle
24. CIRCLING THE HORIZON - Front Right Step Through Punch

REQUIRED TECHNIQUES FOR THIRD BLACK BELT

order they are to be taught)

KATAS: Form 7; Nunchaku Set 1

NOTE: The techniques for THIRD DEGREE BLACK are identical to those listed under the GREEN BELT requirements. The only difference is that the techniques in THIRD DEGREE BLACK extend beyond GREEN for purposes of introducing new concepts and principles of motion. 1. OBSCURE CLAW - Right Flank Left Hand Shoulder Grab
2. ENCOUNTER WITH DANGER - Front Two- Hand Push
3. CIRCLING DESTRUCTION - Front Left Step Through Punch
4. DETOUR FROM DOOM - Front Right Roundhouse Kick
5. SQUATTING SACRIFICE - Rear Bear Hug -- Arms Free  6. ESCAPE FROM DEATH - Rear Right-Arm Choke
7. BRUSHING THE STORM - Right Flank Right Step Trough Overhead Club
8. MENACING TWIRL - Rear Left-Hand Belt Grab
9. LEAP FROM DANGER - Rear Two-Hand Push
10. CIRCLES OF PROTECTION - Front Right Step Through Overhead Punch
11. CIRCLE OF DOOM - Front Right Straight Kick
12. BROKEN GIFT - Handshake
13. HEAVENLY ASCENT - Front Two-Hand Choke == Arms Straight
14. CAPTURING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Overhead Club
15. CONQUERING SHIELD - Front Left Stiff-Arm Lapel Grab
16. TAMING THE MACE - Front Right Step Through Punch
17. TWIRLING SACRIFICE - Full Nelson
18. CROSS OF DEATH - Front Two-Hand Cross Choke
19. SECURING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Roundhouse Club
20. INTERCEPTING THE RAM - Front Tackle
21. KNEEL OF COMPULSION - Right Flank Right Step Through Punch
22. CLIPPING THE STORM - Front Right Thrusting Club
23. GLANCING WING - Front Left Uppercut Punch
24. THE BACK BREAKER - Right FLank Right Step Through Punch

NOTE: There are no American Kenpo Self Defense Techniques beyond 3RD Black Belt