Ed Parker, Founder of American Kenpo, Quotes:

  • “The intelligent man is one who has successfully fulfilled many accomplishments, and is yet willing to learn more.”
  • “Traditionalists often study what is taught, not what there is to create.”
  • “I come to you with only Karate, Empty Hands. I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my principles or my honor, should it be a matter of life or death, of right or wrong, then here are my weapons, Karate, my Empty Hands.”
  • “Although the belt color shows, it doesn’t mean you know.”
  • “To hear is to doubt, to see is to be deceived, but to feel is to believe.”
  • “There are no pure styles of karate. Purity comes only when pure knuckles meet pure flesh, no matter who delivers or receives.”
  • “Flow first, power later.”
  • “One becomes great when he comes to the realization that what he knows is very little.”
  • “Condition and guts take over where knowledge and skill end.”
  • “Wasted inches are wasted time.”
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