Ed Parker

Martial Artist + Promoter + Teacher + Author
Born Mar 19, 1931

Edmund Kealoha "Ed" Parker was an American martial artist, promoter, teacher, and author.

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1931 Birth Parker was born in Hawaii in 1931 and began training in the martial arts at a young age in judo and later boxing. … Read More


1953 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1953 he was promoted to the rank of black belt. … Read More
1954 23 Years Old Parker opened the first "Americanized" karate school in the western United States in Provo, Utah in 1954.
1956 25 Years Old By 1956, Parker opened a Dojo in Pasadena, California. … Read More


1962 31 Years Old 1 More Event
The other black belts in chronological order up to 1962 were: Rich Montgomery, James Ibrao, Mills Crenshaw, authorized by Ed Parker to open a school in Salt Lake City, UT in late 1958 (That school later became the birthplace of the International Kenpo Karate Association; or IKKA.), Tom Garriga, Rick Flores, Al and Jim Tracy of Tracy Kenpo, Chuck Sullivan, John McSweeney, and Dave Hebler.
1963 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Exposed to new Chinese training concepts and history, he wrote a second book, Secrets of Chinese Karate published in 1963. … Read More


1977 46 Years Old Parker can be seen with Elvis Presley in the opening sequence of the 1977 TV special "Elvis in Concert". … Read More


1990 60 Years Old Edmund K. Parker died in Honolulu of a heart attack on December 15, 1990.
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