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Yellow Belt


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Grand Master Ed Parker knew he would not be around forever. In an effort to give longevity and structure to his new AMERICAN KENPO SYSTEM Ed Parker set minimum standards for obtaining each belt rank, Yellow Belt through 3rd Black Belt

In 1987 - Three years before his death on December 15, 1990 - Ed Parker published Volume V of INFINITE INSIGHTS INTO KENPO. In this book he set forth the minimum requirements for each belt. Those requirements would specify the exact techniques to be taught; the order in which they should be taught and the kata/s required.


Yellow belt has 10 required self defense techniques and all belts Orange through 3rd degree Black Belt have 24 self Defense techniques.

FORTUNATELY FOR THE INSTRUCTOR AND DEDICATED STUDENT = The most authoritative and detailed "written manuals" on American Kenpo Self defense Techniques are available at


24 Technique Training Manuals and Videos

as well as a Home Study Course


 Requirements For Yellow Belt

 KATAS - Short 1 (Right side:A); Blocking Set 1

  1. DELAYED SWORD (front - right and lapel grab)

  2. ALTERNATING MACES (front - two-hand push)
  3. SWORDS OF DESTRUCTION (front - left straight or roundhouse punch)
  4. DEFLECTING HAMMER (front - right front thrust kick)
  5. CAPTURED TWIGS (rear bear-hug, arms pinned)
  6. THE GRASP OF DEATH (left flank - right arm headlock)
  7. CHECKING THE STORM (front - right step-through overhead club)

  8. MACE OF AGGRESSION (front - two-hand lapel grab, pulling in)
  9. ATTACKING MACE (front - right step-through straight punch)

  10. SWORD AND HAMMER (right flank -left hand shoulder grab)