Ed Parker
American martial artist, promoter, teacher, and author
Ed Parker
Edmund Kealoha "Ed" Parker was an American martial artist, promoter, teacher, and author.
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Free dental clinic in Florence serves hundreds - SCNow
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“I want us to be able to take as many (patients) as we can,” 2011 DAD Chairman Ed Parker said. “But I fear having to turn away hundreds.” No one was turned away Friday, but the clinic was plenty busy. Despite a midday lull when some chairs were
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Kryzysowa rozmowa z prezesem agencji ratingowej Fitch Polska - Polityka
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Wiadomo, kto jest przewodniczącym i to, że np. wiodącym analitykiem do spraw Polski jest Ed Parker, który jest też szefem analityków na Europę. Jego rolą jest bieżąca analiza i monitoring sytuacji Polski. To on podejmuje decyzję o zwołaniu komitetu dla
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'DAD' fills gap in dental care during Florence event - SCNow
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“We are hopeful that events like this will get it across to our legislators just how important basic dental care is,” 2011 DAD Chairman Dr. Ed Parker said. The SCDA is hoping to treat as many as 2000 people in this year's clinic
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The Albert Lea Colony goes west - Albert Lea Tribune
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Now here's that list: Dr. AM Burnham family, Hans E. Knatvold family, Major Frank Hall family, Powell family (Ida Hall), George A. Parker, Ed Parker family, Bunk Bickford family, AH Bartlett, JH Parker, Ozro Fobes, ES Prentice family, Cline Wannemaker,
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Elvis Presley, el Rey del Rockenpo - Periodista Digital (blog)
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Con el tiempo, algunos de ellos fueron recomendados directamente por Ed Parker. El cantante había conocido a Parker durante una demostración ofrecida por el creador del Kenpo Americano en el Hotel Beverly Wilshire. Quedó tan impresionado por sus
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How Harry's heroes conquered the pole... and he almost lost his ears - Daily Mail
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The trek was the brainchild of former Royal Green Jackets officer Ed Parker and his former Sandhurst classmate Simon Daglish to raise money for the Forces' charity Walking With The Wounded. They conceived the project after Ed's nephew Harry,
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10 of 38 teams make weigh in - Lake Wylie Pilot
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Ed Parker and George Baucum won the night with five bass weighing in at 12.41 lbs. Second place went to Ronnie Wilson and Chris Marshall with 11.40 lbs. Anglers are welcome to join the tournament with sign-ups beginning about 5:15 pm Thursdays at
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'Flashpoint' Recap: 'Personal Effects' - Gather.com
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Even though the man nearly killed Ed, Parker knows it's his job to save the fella from his own stupidity, so he corners the man in an open, winding staircase and tries to talk him down. When this doesn't work, he gives Jules and Sam the signal to get
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Avem “investment grade” şi „perspectivă stabilă” dar asta nu înseamnă “absolut ... - MONEY.ro
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Pentru a înţelege mai bine fundamentarea deciziei Fitch am apelat chiar la Ed Parker, Head of EMEA Sovereigns la Fitch, care a avut amabilitatea să ne ofere un comentariu pe marginea deciziei agenţiei de rating. Partea grea a evaluării celor de la
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Romania's Credit Rating Raised to Investment-Grade by Fitch on Budget Gap - Bloomberg
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“The upgrade reflects Romania's progress in recovering from the effects of the financial crisis,” including a return to economic growth, narrowing the current-account deficit and reducing the budget deficit, said Ed Parker, a director in Fitch's ... -
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Tenth-Degree Black Belt Teaches Local Students - Patch.com
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Growing up in Pasadena, Ca., Trejo trained with Ed Parker, who is consider to be one of the fathers of American karate. In 1970, Trejo began training as a mixed martial artist, which meant that instead of focusing on only one area of expertise,
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OV council approves temporary fireworks ban - Explorer News
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The fireworks company and residents Ed Parker and Tim Davis have asked the Superior Court to approve a temporary restraining order that would block the county's outright ban. TNT Fireworks is claiming a loss in revenues and sales because of the
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Green light for Wacol - The Satellite
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Ed Parker from Save Our Riverfront Bushland said the group was currently considering their options. “We're not saying it's all bad, there are some positive aspects,” he said. “But the site is significant for endangered regional eco-systems including
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Fears mount over scale of Turkey's deficit - Financial Times
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Soon after the elections, Ed Parker, managing director of Fitch Ratings, urged the authorities to take steps to cool an economy “which is showing some signs of overheating”. “Current account deficits aren'ta problem until they are a problem,” Mr Keller
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Turkey's Erdogan to focus on consensus after win - Montreal Gazette
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... political uncertainty, as it may well raise profound and controversial issues related to the division of power, secularism, religion, nationalism and ethnic minority rights," Ed Parker, Fitch's Head of EMEA Sovereign Ratings, said Monday
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ed Parker
    FIFTIES
  • 1990
    Age 58
    Edmund K. Parker died in Honolulu of a heart attack on December 15, 1990.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1977
    Age 45
    Parker can be seen with Elvis Presley in the opening sequence of the 1977 TV special "Elvis in Concert".
    More Details Hide Details Parker wrote a book about his time with Elvis on the road. Parker had a minor career as a Hollywood actor and stunt man. His most notable film was Kill the Golden Goose. In this film, he co-stars with Hapkido master Bong Soo Han. His acting work included the (uncredited) role of Mr. Chong in student Blake Edwards' Revenge of the Pink Panther and again in Curse of the Pink Panther.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1963
    Age 31
    Djurdjevic's article includes links to footage of Parker appearing on Lucille Ball's "The Lucy Show" in 1963, when Parker was already the head of the Kenpo Karate Association of America.
    More Details Hide Details In the footage, Parker demonstrates some Karate-type movements, but makes fundamental mistakes in demonstrating front kicks, without hip involvement and incorporating a flailing arm movement, and demonstrates a completely uncoordinated and off-target spinning back kick that would not be expected from a high-level expert. Parker also demonstrates a seemingly uncoordinated finishing move involving a jump behind a prone opponent, a twisting motion to the head, flailing arm movements and an uncoordinated close range kick to the head that he was to use throughout his career, the same moves appearing in 16mm footage from the 1960s and Chilean television footage from the 1980s, including a repetition in the Chilean footage where Parker slips and falls over during the jump behind his prone opponent. Djudjevic's website also links to 16mm footage from the early 1960s that appears to show Parker at a relatively elementary level of skill in the martial arts at this point, rather than the master-level instructor that would be expected from his claims.
    Exposed to new Chinese training concepts and history, he wrote a second book, Secrets of Chinese Karate published in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details Parker drew comparisons in this and other books between karate (a better known art in the United States at that time) and the Chinese methods he adopted and taught. In the 1991 martial arts film The Perfect Weapon, starring his student Jeff Speakman, Parker helped with the fight choreography shortly before his death. After Parker's death, some martial artists have begun to question the authenticity of Parker's training and qualifications, in a number of articles including Dan Djurdjevic's article "What did Ed Parker Study?". Skeptics such as Djurdjevic have suggested that Ed Parker was not actually a master-level martial artist by the early 1960s but developed an undeserved reputation as a master at a time when the American public had little knowledge of authentic martial arts and were unable to verify his claims.
  • 1962
    Age 30
    In 1962, John McSweeney opened a school in Ireland, which prompted Parker to give control of the Kenpo Karate Association of America to the Tracy Brothers and form a new organization, the International Kenpo Karate Association.
    More Details Hide Details Parker was well known for his business creativity and helped many martial artists open their own dojos. He was well known in Hollywood where he trained a great many stunt men and celebrities; most notable was Elvis Presley, to whom he eventually awarded a ninth degree black belt in Kenpo. He left behind a few grand masters who are known around the world to this day such as Al Tracy, head of the world's largest system of kenpo, Bob White, Huk Planas, Larry Tatum, Ron Chapel, and Frank Trejo who runs a school in California. He helped Bruce Lee gain national attention by introducing him at his International Karate Championships. He served as one of Elvis Presley's bodyguard during the singer's final years, did movie stunt-work and acting, and was one of the Kenpo instructors of martial arts action movie actor Jeff Speakman. He is best known to Kenpoists as the founder of American Kenpo and is referred to fondly as the "Father of American Kenpo". He is formally referred to as Senior Grand Master of American Kenpo.
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1956
    Age 24
    By 1956, Parker opened a Dojo in Pasadena, California.
    More Details Hide Details His first brown belt student was Charles Beeder. There is controversy over whether Beeder received the first black belt awarded by Parker. Beeder's son has stated for the record that his father's black belt came after Ed Parker had moved to California.
  • 1954
    Age 22
    Parker opened the first "Americanized" karate school in the western United States in Provo, Utah in 1954.
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  • 1953
    Age 21
    Mr. Parker's kenposhodan diploma is dated 1953.
    More Details Hide Details It was during this period that Parker was significantly influenced by the Japanese and Okinawan interpretations prevalent in Hawaii. Parker's Book Kenpo Karate, published in 1961, shows the many hard linear movements, albeit with modifications, that set his interpretations apart. All the influences up to that time were reflected in Parker's rigid, linear method of "Kenpo Karate," as it was called. Between writing and publishing, however, he began to be influenced by the Chinese arts, and included this information in his system. He settled in Southern California after leaving the Coast Guard and finishing his education at BYU. Here he found himself surrounded by other martial artists from a wide variety of systems, many of whom were willing to discuss and share their arts with him. Parker made contact with people like Ark Wong, Haumea Lefiti, James (Jimmy) W. Woo (who developed many of the American Kenpo forms still used today), and Lau Bun. These martial artists were known for their skills in arts such as Five Family Fist Kung Fu, Splashing-Hands, San Soo, T'ai Chi, and Hung Gar, and this influence remains visible in both historical material (such as forms that Parker taught in his system) and current principles.
    In 1953 he was promoted to the rank of black belt.
    More Details Hide Details Parker, seeing that modern times posed new situations that were not addressed in Kenpo, adapted the art to make it more easily applicable to the streets of America and called his style, American Kenpo Karate.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1931
    Born
    Parker was born in Hawaii in 1931 and began training in the martial arts at a young age in judo and later boxing.
    More Details Hide Details Sometime in the 1940s, Ed Parker was first introduced to Kenpō by Frank Chow who then introduced Ed Parker to William Chow, a student of James Mitose. William trained Parker while serving in the Coast Guard and attending Brigham Young University.
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