The most widespread account of the origin of Chinese Martial Arts is credited to The famous physician Hua Tuo (third century aC.) Elaborate 'the "Game of the Five Animals", with therapeutic intent clearly. In the work "The Annals of the Three Kingdoms" states: The human body has an innate need for action and movement but that 'should not be excessive so as to secure a healthy distribution of life-breath taken with food. Then you will have 'an improvement in blood flow and a good disease prevention. If you are suffering from some disease, practicing the game more 'suitable abundant perspiration until you get to' the body feels good and shows the appetite Note that the essence of this practice is not so much in the movements of the body, as in hiring instinct and temperament of the animal that you practice to become an animal! Then the movements will be really those of animals, you can avail 'develop the animal spirit and reclaim our instinctive, overcoming psychosomatic rigid barriers that often encase.

the 28th East Indian Patriarch of the Buddhist Faith named Tamo. He was also called Bodhidharma and was known to the Japanese as Daruma Daishi. His arrival in China is dated about 515-530 A.D. Bodhidharma, the 28th descendant of the original Buddha , he became abbot of the Shaolin Temple in Honan Province shortly after his arrival in ChinaBodhidharma in the Shaolin Temple monks saw the physical decay and leaders ' that it was not possible to meditate for a long time considering the physical condition of the monks and meditate and ' a very important practice so prodigal is ' to establish a series of exercises 18 Hands of Lo Han which consisted of breathing, stretching , pushups . Before the meditation, Bodhidharma was a purely mental discipline , but after his arrival, the combination of physical and mental disciplines and became a doctrine of Yin and Yang of which today we can appreciate the benefits , The exercises were not born with the purpose of defense , only after the monk Shaolin Ch'ueh Vuen and start expanding exercises bringing them into phases of defense and martial art, the monk Ch'ueh Vuen trip all aroud the China and meet many masters from which learn new techniques teachers more ' important meeting was the master Fong and an old man named Li Shao . Together, the three men returned to the temple together and managed Shoalin to create and extend previous forms giving rise to five animal styles which are the basis of Kenpo ( Chu'an Fa )

During the Yuan Dynasty (1260-1368 A.D.) there were noticeable improvements in the Martial Arts. Chueh Yuan had increased the original 18 hand movements to 72. Chueh Yuan eventually became partners with Li Ch'eng and Pai Yu-feng and increased the number of movements from 72 to 170. As time passed, Martial Arts training became integral to the Chinese lifestyle because they were in a constant state of war. However, due to its lethal qualities, the Martial Arts were taught only by select clans who had their own master and who would teach only selected individuals in each clan. Great pride was taken by each master in his distinctive style. Family clans were sworn never to divulge the teachings they received from their masters

The Ming (1368-1644 A.D.) and Ch'ing (1644-1911 A.D.) Dynasties were the golden age of Martial Arts in China and many of the styles taught today were founded and expanded on during this period. In 1372 Chinese-Okinawan relations were consolidated and in 1470 Sho-ha-shi became king of Okinawa and confiscated all weapons from the people. This forced the Okinawans to see other forms of self-defense. As a result, some Okinawans emigrated to China to learn what was then called Chinese Kenpo from top masters. As the years passed, practitioners continued to learn and demonstrate their skills in private and the Martial Arts improved considerably. Then in 1609, the Japanese dominated Okinawa and Lord Shimazu removed all forms of weapons from the public at large. Between 1609-1903 the greatest achievements were made in the Martial Arts. As a result, a variety of styles and systems emerged. The Okinawans had always termed the Martial Arts as "Te" which literally means hand. During this period (1609-1903) "Karate" meaning "hands of China" replaced the word "Te" (during the latter part of the 19th century) until the Chinese character which denoted "hands of China" or "China Hand" (the latter being more correct) was changed by the Japanese to their character which meant "empty hand".

James Mitose (1916-1981) 

James Masayoshi Mitose was born in Hawaii in 1916. At the age of five, Mitose was sent to Japan to study his ancestors' art of self-defense, Kosho-Ryu Kempo, a direct descendent of the original Chuan Fa. He studied this art for 15 years under his uncle, and after returned to Hawaii in 1935 to open a Martial Arts school in Honolulu, where he eventually promoted six students to black belt. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, Mitose began training fellow servicemen and civilians, expounding upon the merits of his Japanese Kosho-Ryu Kenpo.

William Chow (1914-1987)

William Kwai Chow learned the Chinese ancestral art of Five Animal Kung Fu passed down from Bodhidharma. Chow later studied Kosho-Ryu under James Mitose, and so Chow began to modify Kenpo. He left James Mitose in 1949 to open his own school of Kenpo Karate. Chow was a street fighter, and while he learned many circular and flowing movements from his father, he incorporated some of the linear movements and take-downs he learned from Mitose. Some twenty years later, William Chow renamed his system Chinese Kempo of Kara-Ho Karate.

Edmund Parker (1931-1990)

Great Grandmaster Edmund K. Parker, 10th degree black belt, is the undisputed Father of American Kenpo Karate. He born in Honolulu, Parker was already a black belt in Judo at age 16, when he began studying Kenpo with Frank Chow in Hawaii. Parker quickly learned everything Frank could teach him, and Frank soon arranged for his brother, William Chow, to help Parker reach a higher level. After only two years of training, Parker earned his brown belt. GM Parker organized every technique and movement into a format that could be broken down into levels for all students and it is American Kenpo Karate. GM Parker moved to Provo, to opened his first Martial Arts School. After GM Parker moved to California, opened his second school and founded the International Kenpo Karate Association. By 1964, when he held his first tournament, Parker had become a household name in Hollywood, teaching his art to the likes of Elvis Presley and Jeff Speakman and other great Masters and one of the most important persons was also Bruce Lee

Ed Parker Jr. (1959-Present)

IS a martial artist, Master Ed has taught, lectured, produced, published, written, illustrated, designed, choreographed and acted in various martial arts. HE is the Ambassador of Kenpo worldwide.

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