Edmund Parker was a pioneer teacher of karate in the
United States and was the founder of the oldest major
tournament in the country, the famous International Karate
Championships, held each year in Long Beach since 1965.

He authored several respected publications on the art of
karate, among them: “Kenpo Karate”, “Secrets of Chinese
Karate”, “A Women’s Guide to Self Defense” and “Parker’s
Encyclopedia of Kenpo Karate”. He also wrote the Rule Book
for Karate Freestyle Competition.

Parker was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame as “Man
of the Year” in 1976.

His system of kenpo karate is taught by affiliated schools in
18 different countries including the U.S., Canada, Mexico,
Great Britain, Germany, Spain and Australia and South Africa.

He has served as the karate technical advisor for numerous
television and motion picture productions.

A native of Hawai’i, Parker graduated from Kamehameha
Schools in 1949 and attended college at Brigham Young


BORN 1931

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