The Blue Belt level will require exceptional perseverance. To obtain this level you must be willing to spend time and energy. You must be prepared to sweat, and to sweat often. Above all, you must learn to work intelligently. Working intelligently will teach you that while the ultimate in proficiency comes from simplicity and repetition, the use of logic is what makes learning functional and practical.

The Blue Belt requirements encourage you to pursue avenues of excellence. They teach you how to become fluid, to develop flawless stances, to perform crisp and focused forms, and the value of confining your movements within the framework of your Outer Rim. Further study will broaden your understanding of Transition, Directional Harmony, and how to apply Continuity of Motion when sparring.

The Blue Belt precepts place major emphasis on self-defence techniques. They teach technique refinement by adding simple Suffixes to your basic moves, and how Compounding the Sequential Flow of your techniques can actually fill in the Dead Space that occurs during each transition. This procedure (Compounding) helps to reveal Hidden Moves that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. Needless to say, the benefits are abundant. You will be introduced to both the Web of Knowledge and the merits of Family Groupings. You will be encouraged to spend numerous hours in these areas to further your growth from the mechanical stage to the spontaneous stage of the art.

Kenpo is a System that is built around three key words: concept, theory, and principle. However, Mr. Parker's Kenpo System teaches you to develop your own style rather than to become a reflection of your instructor. To complete the continuous learning cycle of Kenpo you are also taught to remain flexible in your thinking. This, hopefully, will return you to the concept.

Each and every self-defence technique, freestyle technique, and form that you learn in Ed Parker's American Kenpo is an idea, or series of ideas. As logic commands your reasoning you will be able to understand these ideas in all stages (primitive, mechanical, and spontaneous) of development. You will discover that all ideas throughout the system are equally valid. Consequently, an idea learned as a White Belt is just as valid as an idea learned as a Brown Belt. You do not have to wait until you are a Black Belt to get to the "meat" of the art. You can learn any of the ideas in the system. However, until your mental, emotional, and physical development profits through the various stages of learning (primitive, mechanical, and spontaneous), many of the ideas will be only slightly useful or in some cases not useful until later during your training. Without the proper training your art will remain intangible. With training these ideas will become tangible and increasingly operative.

SELF DEFENCE TECHNIQUES

  • TWIN KIMONO Front

(Two-Hand Lapel Grab)

  • PARTING WINGS

(Front Two-Hand Push)

  • THUNDERING HAMMERS

(Front Right Step through Punch)

  • SWINGING PENDULUM

(Front Right Roundhouse Kick)

  • SQUEEZING THE PEACH

(Rear Bear-Hug, Arms Pinned)

  • CIRCLING WING Rear

(Two-Hand Choke -Arms Bent)

  • OBSTRUCTING THE STORM

(Right Step through Overhead Club)

  • DARTING MACE

(Front Two-Hand Wrist Grab)

  • HOOKING WINGS

(Front Two-Hand Low Push)

  • SHIELD AND SWORD

(Front Left Step through Punch)

  • GIFT IN RETURN

(Front Handshake)

  • BOW OF COMPULSION

(Front Wrist Lock against Opponents Chest)

  • CHARGING RAM

(Front Tackle with Arms Extended Wide)

  • SLEEPER

(Front Right Step Through Straight Punch)

  • CROSS OF DESTRUCTION

(Rear Two-Hand Choke)

  • FLIGHT TO FREEDOM

(Rear Hammerlock)

 

FORMS

  • LONG FORM 2

  • OWN FORM - 10 TECHNIQUES

 

SETS

  • FINGER SET 1

  • STRIKE SET 1

  • BLUE FREESTYLE TECHNIQUES

BELT PLEDGE

I shall never let pride rule my passions and will defend, with all the skill I possess, the weak, the helpless, and the oppressed. I pledge an unswerving loyalty to the Association and my instructor. In addition, I pledge an unending effort to earn the self-same loyalty from those who look to me for training.

BLUE BELT REQUIREMENTS