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Update from Mr Speakman

Item Date: 25-Jun-2017

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One thing that never fails to astound me is how the schools outside of the United States achieve and maintain the standard of excellence we demand in our 5.0 family. I mean after all, I see them twice a year maybe and yet they are on the same page we are here. This speaks to the most important element of the success of our group, and that is that you have to care, a lot. Of course the value of having every technique, set and form on DVD shot from multiple angles helps. But still, think about the sacrifice and desire that goes into accomplishing this amazing goal. Add to that difficulty if English is not your first language, and maybe you don’t speak English at all. And yet this overwhelming success continues to happen year after year after year.
Such was the case in my latest month long trip to Australia and New Zealand in August of 2014. To say the least Kenpo 5.0 is in the best of hands in both countries. Starting in Melbourne Australia with Tony Angus, one of Australia’s finest black belts, to Brisbane with Don and Suzanne Woods and of course down to Sydney and MacArthur with Martin Gosling and the countries representative David Giovenco at the helm. After Australia was my favorite place on Earth, New Zealand. Our 5.0 Fighter Competition was held in Taranaki New Zealand under the direction of Shane and Tessa Wallacehoskin with another fantastic competition. Mark Robinson in Cambridge, Shane and Tessa Wallacehoskin in Taranaki,  Chris, Levon and Annette Church in Auckland, Paul Bryant also in Auckland with Alistair Van Mil, Shane Rynne.  Those individuals and their students in both countries have been able to maintain the standard we have come to know as “SUSTAINED EXCELLENCE”. Roughly translated “sustained excellence” is adhering to the 80 20 rule. And that rule stipulates that at any given moment you or your students must be able to perform with excellence at least 80 percent of what they are telling me they know by the color of the belt around their waist “first call”. For the remaining 20 percent they get a second chance. This standard makes clear that we don’t take the belt color for granted, even if it is black belt with a bunch of red on it.
Honestly I never thought anyone would want to put up with my obsession and professionalism that has always been the minimum standard from my teachers. But as I went forward with the idea of just teaching what I know the way I way I know it then whoever came with me would be of like mind and spirit. And after all these years so many people from all around the world have become part of the Kenpo 5.0 family and therefore the solution for Kenpo. If you are part of the same consciousness then please reflect on this idea of building a bridge to the future so that the dream can stay alive for generations.
If you knew Mr. Parker, or read any of his works you would see inculcated throughout his writings was the idea of a continuous evolving and changing art so it would not become “obsolete”. This can’t be change for the sake of change or for the personal self aggrandizement to reach a position of ownership. It must be change that is centered in creating solutions to meet the call of the day and perpetuating the art of Kenpo. My desire is for you to reflect on these things and not be limited by adhering to claims of the card carrying members of the religion of the insecure who would have you not look outside the box. Reach, stretch, grow and become part of the solution, with or without us.
Jeff Speakman
From Mils Crenshaw before his passing in 2016:
"It’s one thing to talk about history and quite another to LIVE HISTORY.
 
My association with Ed Parker began at BYU in 1954. I was a, ‘green as grass’ freshman; and wanted to attend all the events on campus. During a basketball half time, the winter of 1954 I witnessed a demonstration of Kenpo, put on by Parker and a group of Islanders he had trained.
 
This was before there were any videos, or TV presentations, and Kung fu movies were as yet un known. I was blown away! The speed power and efficiency of their techniques was phenomenal. I had been trained in fencing at Napa High School, Napa California before leaving to attend college at BYU. Some of the blocks, parries and counters were reminiscent of fencing theory; I had to learn more!
 
I rushed to the locker room just after the demo and caught Ed just before he entered. I’ll never forget what he said to me when I said I had to learn Kenpo. He scowled at me with what became known as, “The Look,” and said, “Don’t call us, kid, we’ll call you.”
 
In those days Ed Parker was quite Jingoistic. He only trained Island boys and Asians, with an occasional law enforcement exception. It took a lot of pleading and persistence before he relented and took me under his wing.
 I remember as though it were just last week when he began to “reconstruct,” Kenpo. His scientific mind constantly analyzed the fundamentals of the martial arts and streamlined them for increased speed efficiency and power. One afternoon, in the wrestling room, he said, “I want to eliminate the ’AND’ in our techniques.” He then demonstrated what he meant, by first executing a Block & then Counter. He then demonstrated a super- fast curved strike that, in a single move, blocked the incoming fist, punished the attacking arm and struck the attacker’s carotid artery, all in a single move. From that very day I watched and studied the development of what became “American Kenpo.”
 
Through the decades we became close friends and brothers. He even lived in my home for a month while we collaborated on the publishing of his tribute to Elvis, Presley, “Inside Elvis.”
The day came, shortly before his untimely death, when I got a phone call from my friend, instructor and the brother I never had. He said, “Mills, I have seen the “future of Kenpo. His name is Jeff Speakman.” He then went on to describe his movie career, his skill set and most of all his creativity. He then asked me to befriend Jeff, support him and assist him in any way possible.
 
The subsequent loss of Ed Parker was tragic; but the legacy he left continues to grow, because of men like Jeff Speakman.  When I got that phone call, I knew exactly what he meant. We had discussed it many times in private. Particularly when polishing the development of the International Kenpo Karate Association, (IKKA).
 
Ed Parker didn’t want to develop super ‘Robots.’ He goal was to create “Thinking Warriors,” capable of building on what he, Ed Parker had created, and expanding the art in ever widening ripples of creative discovery. That is what he saw in Jeff Speakman; and that is what we continue to witness. Each generation of “thinking warriors” expand the frontiers of the art. We are all privileged not just to be observers; but to be participants in history. Thanks in no small measure to leaders like Jeff Speakman"
 

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