Joined Feb 24 2012
77 years old
Grand Junction, CO
I started Kenpo with Steve Fox in 1965 while stationed in Sacremento CA. When I told Steve I was going to Vietnam, he tutored me extensively in knife techniques. I felt his love and concern for me. At the Ed Parker Tribute, 1988, Wetson Bonaventure Hotel, L.A. CA, Mr. Parker gave me a bear hug and gave me my first "Welcome Home" from America. When I was Once overcome with PTSD and ready to go in the woods and stay, Barbara Hale convinced me that I would do better to stay alive and teaching. I am.
Kenpo has always been a love experience for me and I am so proud of all of you have moved past the passing of Mr Parker and His Direction of the IKKA to: "Do Greater things than me alone." He in his Non-Physical form urges us to Love and Evolve and I'm helping too. Thank you.
When I returned from Vietnam I was employed by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, California. My Kenpo Training became even more Task Related and A group of Martial Artists within the Department developed QAI Systems and the QAI System was POST Certified,( Peace Officer Standards And Training Board,) and was taught throughout California and at San Jose City College. Sgt. Dick Min, Shotokan and Ted Sumner, Tracey Kenpo 9th Black,(Owner of San Jose Kenpo,) Bob Rutgers and Tom Sing were some of the Principal developers of the System.
Also I did a comparative study of Tracey's Kenpo during that period. Because of the enormous amount of negative publicity Law Enforcement was recieving because of the "Police Brutality" claims, many advancements have been developed by the QAI System and others, ie Ron Chapelle. to improve proceedures in Arrest Control, Escourt and Come-along, Baton, Kuboton, Handcuffing and Firearms training. I was a full time Instructor at the Delta-Montrose Law Enforcement Training Academy in Western Colorado, from where I retired in the 1980s.
In 1981 I recieved Mr Parker's Blessing to Study Meng Po Kung Fu With Grand Master Chang Chien Wen as an ancestral extension of American Kenpo Karate. I introduced GM Parker and GM Chang at the IKC in Long Beach in 1980 and asked permission as was traditional and customary. Master Chang came to America at the request of Silat Grand Master Willem de Thouars, from Bangdung Indonesia their home Country. GM Chang and GM Parker passed within months of each other. I have been relatively quiet since, teaching mostly private and few groups.