A 5th degree Black Belt (Parker/Planas Lineage) Rich has been studying Kenpo since he was 10 years old and continues his lifelong education in the Kenpo by attending seminars with Huk Planas. His first instructor, Cliff Jewell, taught the Tracy system before converting to the original Parker System in 1988. Rich has also trained and competed as a kickboxer, and studied Jiu Jitsu under the instruction of Black belt Rosendo Diaz of Harleysville PA. Check out our links for more information.
Rich has been a karate instructor for over 25 years. He spent 10 of those years teaching at Mike Cappi's American Kenpo Karate in Lansdale PA.
Rich has been inspired by Master Zach Whitson with his re-counter program. Rich has a developed his own Kenpo Combat program with his own re-counter drills with the Kenpo techniques.
His devotion to the art of Kenpo is expressed both in the way he teaches and in his continued personal journey to learn all that he can about Ed Parker's art. His methodical approach to the basics and to the fine detail of each technique show his dedication to the art's true form. His students appreciate his patience and knowledge of the art in addition to the physicality of the workout he provides in his classes. His talent is evident not only in his martial art ability but in the abilities of the students who train with him.
Rich has competitive experience in boxing and kickboxing and has trained amateur boxers for professional matches as a licensed trainer/coach by the Pennsylvania Boxing Commission. In addition he has worked with college and Pro football players to improve their hand speed and footwork through Kenpo training.
Rich is dedicated to the Martial Arts; perfecting his own technique and continuing Ed Parker's legacy by introducing his students to the art he loves and watching them transition from student of martial arts to Martial Artist. His continuing study of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a complement to Kenpo gives him the ability to offer his students the best self defense education possible.
Rich is married and has two children, one son and a daughter and lives with his family in Souderton PA.
1981 Member of the American Kickboxing Assoc. A.K.A.
1984 Member of the World Kickboxing Assoc. W.K.A.
1991- 95 Member of the World Wide Kenpo Assoc. W.K.K.A.
1997- 99 Member of the American Kenpo Karate System A.K.K.S.
1998- 2006 member of the K.W.C
1996- to present, learning from the Parker/Planas Lineage.
2014 5th Degree Black (Instructor Master Richard "Huk" Planas)
2006 4th Degree Black ( Instructor Mike Cappi )
2001 3rd Degree Black ( Instructor Mike Cappi )
1995 2nd Degree Black ( Instructor Cliff Jewell )
1992 Black Belt ( Instructor Cliff Jewell )
1976 Began training in Kenpo under Instructor Cliff Jewell
2009 Began training in Brazilian Jui Jitsu under instructor Rosendo Diaz
2013 Received my Blue belt from Rosendo Diaz