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These Tracy Kenpo curriculum videos are taught by Kenpo 4th Degree Black Belt LeAnn Rathbone whose instructor Jim Rathbone, was a student of Jim & Al Tracy. Jim Rathbone has been in the martial arts for over 50 years and has earned a 2nd Black in Tracy’s Kenpo Karate, Black in Goju-Ryu under Hanshi Lou Angel…

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American Kenpo ( / ˈ k ɛ m p oʊ / , pronounced KeMpo), also known as Kenpo Karate , is a martial art characterized by the use of quick and powerful strikes delivered from all of the body's natural weapons, powered by rapid stance transitions, called "shifting." Beginners are introduced to basic attack responses, which comprise a larger system taught through scripted scenarios, which allow instructors a platform to share concepts and principles Ed Parker emphasized in his teachings.

The purpose of training in this manner is to increase physical coordination and continuity with linear and circular motion. Each movement when correctly executed leads into the next, keeping an adversary's "dimensional zone" in check while limiting their ability to retaliate. Should the adversary not react as anticipated, the skilled Kenpo practitioner is able to seamlessly transition into an alternative and appropriate action, drawn spontaneously from the trained subconscious. [2] [3] [4] [5]

Parker left behind a large following of instructors who honored his teachings by implementing many different versions of American Kenpo. As Senior Grandmaster, Parker did not name a successor to his art, but instead entrusted his senior students to continue his teachings in their own way. [4]

The word kenpō is a Japanese translation of the Chinese word " quán fǎ " . Its widespread, cross-cultural adaptation has led to many divergent definitions of its exact meaning. The character for Quan means Fist and Fa means Method, Principle or Law. Kenpo is usually understood to mean Fist Law or Fist Method [6]

American Kenpo is often seen written as "American Kempo", leading to some confusion over the term's pronunciation. However, it is pronounced as if they had an "m". Kenpo is an example of romanization , while kempo results either because of straightforward anglicization or as a result of applying Traditional Hepburn romanization , [7] but failing to use a macron to indicate the long vowel .

William K. S. Chow studied multiple Martial Arts in Hawaii to include, Chinese Kenpo from his father. [8] Chow eventually taught an art, which he called Kenpo Karate, which had a blend of linear and circular motion and emphasized practical fighting techniques designed to overcome the various martial arts in the melting pot of Hawaii. [9] [10] Chow experimented and modified his art, adapting it to meet the needs of American students. [9]

These Tracy Kenpo curriculum videos are taught by Kenpo 4th Degree Black Belt LeAnn Rathbone whose instructor Jim Rathbone, was a student of Jim & Al Tracy. Jim Rathbone has been in the martial arts for over 50 years and has earned a 2nd Black in Tracy’s Kenpo Karate, Black in Goju-Ryu under Hanshi Lou Angel…

When sold by Amazon.com, this product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com’s standard return policy will apply.

Martial Arts History Museum
2319 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 478-1722
[email protected]


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