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History of Ed Parker's Kenpo in Europe

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Master Rainer Schulte posted this article on the KenpoNet Discussion Forum on the 10 August 2009. The composition has been reproduced here, in its entirety, with permission. The orignal piece can be found here.

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Rainer Schulte

In consultation with senior members of the Irish and American Kenpo community and acting upon information which has been provided to me in recent times from many sources in Europe and America, I wish to hereby clarify some misunderstandings which may have existed concerning issues referred to in my book and website postings. As many will understand who were involved in Kenpo during it's formative stages in Europe, all information pertaining to organizations, individuals and structures in the various countries was not as readily available as it is in today's 'internet world', and many conclusions and judgments were often formed on the basis of information one received at that time. In my evaluation of the Kenpo structures within Ireland (having been appointed by Mr. Ed Parker Sen. to conduct an investigation into the various Kenpo groupings in Ireland in 1981) because, at the time, I may have been viewed with some suspicion and reservation by some of the Irish groups as an 'intruding foreigner', and as a consequence I did not receive the level of compliance and support which I had expected at that time. I was obliged to draw my conclusions from information given locally and from my own observations. In retrospect, it should be admitted that many of the most senior Kenpoists in Ireland who had been active since 1963 did perhaps not receive the accreditation from me that they justifiably should have at that time. In 'putting the record straight, I would like therefore to state hereby:-

  1. Mr. John McSweeney was the first individual to bring Kenpo to Ireland and Europe, and what he taught was Ed Parker's Kenpo. He was also the first IKKA European Director by appointment of Ed Parker.
  2. Mr. John McSweeney's first four black belts, namely Tommy Jordan, Maurice Mahon, John Conway and Jimmy Rice were Europe's first Kenpo black belts and their certificates were valid IKKA certificates,
  3. The Irish were indeed the first to introduce Kenpo (including Ed Parker's 'modern Kenpo') to England, Holland, and Jersey.
  4. The standards which prevailed in Ireland in 1981 and since then have been proven to be much higher than had been reported to me at that time, and this has often been evidenced by the success of the various Irish Kenpo squads at many major international competitions and events.
  5. With the same motive that I dutifully served my responsibility to Mr. Ed Parker Sen., I mean to continue that responsibility of service to our Irish Kenpo brothers who helped to spread Kenpo in Europe. I offer this statement for Mr. Edmund Kealoha Parker Sen., our seniors in Ireland and all of our Kenpoists worldwide.

Master Rainer Schulte posted this article on the KenpoNet Discussion Forum on the 10 August 2009. The composition has been reproduced here, in its entirety, with permission. The orignal piece can be found here.