Kenpo Karate is a self-defense system based on the natural movements of the body, the basic law of science that for every action there is an equal reaction.
This martial art is designed for self defense in a street fight. Although the system is defined and precise, the strength of Kenpo is in its ability to defend against an attack from any opponent, from any angle regardless of the individual's size or strength. Kenpo is an art that anyone can learn and benefit from whether young or old, male or female.
Kenpo is meant to be practical. The techniques are built in response to an attack whether it is a kick, punch or grab, each technique is practiced until it becomes automatic and as the student progresses in his/her belt level they learn how to transcend the learned technique to respond to any situation. Kenpo Karate is a system of self-defense that is usable, sensible and easy to learn.
Ed Parker, Founder of American Kenpo
Ed Parker believed that unlike many other martial arts, the art of self defense through Kenpo would change and grow as each student and instructor mastered the art and then incorporated their own strength and experience into it.