THE LIFE AND TIMES OF KENPO GRAND MASTER ED PARKER
Mr. Ed Parker was the foremost
authority and instructor of Kenpo Karate in
the United States and was known worldwide as "Mr. Karate".
He was the "Founder of American Kenpo", the president and founder of
the Ed Parker Kenpo Karate Studio chain,
as well as the International Kenpo Karate Association.
He was the Father of American Karate having originated the first
American version of Karate.
He commenced teaching professionally in Provo, Utah in 1954. He opened
first professional Karate studio in the United States in Pasadena,
California in 1956
He was featured in National and International magazines: Time, Look,
Strength and Health,
Show Business Illustrated, Iron Man, Action Karate, Black Belt, Karate
Illustrated, Official Karate,
Inside Kung Fu, American Karate, and Karate/Kung Fu; in newspapers
nation-wide, as well as world wide
He appeared in dozens of movies and television shows, including Revenge
Pink Panther and The Curse of the Pink Panther. In addition, he taught
Karate to nearly every
big name actor and actress in Hollywood -- including, Robert Culp, Joey
Jose Ferrar, Rick Jason, Nick Adams, Frank Lovejoy, Robert Wagner, Elvis
Presley, Natalie Wood
and Elke Sommer just to name a few.
Mr. Parker was well known for his exciting demonstrations at: high
schools, colleges, civic clubs,
clinics, tournaments, church groups, youth groups, etc. He was a highly
sought-after speaker and his Karate demonstrations are famous in the
United States and worldwide. He was in great demand throughout
the world to put on his blinding demonstrations of speed, skill and
power along with his picturesque
| analogies when explaining the Art so all can understand. He frequently
traveled giving Seminars
and Demonstrations in Australia, England.
In December of 1990 Senior Grand Master Ed Parker pass away. Ed Parker
will be miss by thousands of students
around the world, as well as all his instructor who looked up to him.
You will be in our prayers.
This group photograph, taken in 1957. Ed
top in the middle.
Ed Parker and Elvis Presley.
Ed Parker demonstrating Snapping Twig.