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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


Requirements For 3rd Degree Black Belt

 NOTE: The techniques for THIRD DEGREE BLACK are identical to those listed under the GREEN BELT requirements. The only difference is that the techniques in THIRD DEGREE BLACK extend beyond GREEN for purposes of introducing new concepts and principles of motion.

KATAS:   Form 7  Nunchaku Set 1

1.        OBSCURE CLAW - Right Flank Left Hand Shoulder Grab

2.        ENCOUNTER WITH DANGER - Front Two - Hand Push

3.        CIRCLING DESTRUCTION - Front Left Step Through Punch

4.        DETOUR FROM DOOM - Front Right Roundhouse Kick

5.        SQUATTING SACRIFICE - Rear Bear Hug -- Arms Free   

6.        ESCAPE FROM DEATH - Rear Right-Arm Choke

7.        BRUSHING THE STORM - Right Flank Right Step Trough Overhead Club

8.        MENACING TWIRL - Rear Left-Hand Belt Grab

9.        LEAP FROM DANGER - Rear Two-Hand Push

10.     CIRCLES OF PROTECTION - Front Right Step Through Overhead Punch 

11.     CIRCLE OF DOOM - Front Right Straight Kick 

12.     BROKEN GIFT Handshake 

13.     HEAVENLY ASCENT - Front Two-Hand Choke == Arms Straight

14.     CAPTURING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Overhead Club

15.     CONQUERING SHIELD - Front Left Stiff-Arm Lapel Grab

16.     TAMING THE MACE - Front Right Step Through Punch

17.     TWIRLING SACRIFICE - Full Nelson

18.     CROSS OF DEATH - Front Two-Hand Cross Choke

19.     SECURING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Roundhouse Club

20.     INTERCEPTING THE RAM - Front Tackle

21.     KNEEL OF COMPULSION - Right Flank Right Step Through Punch

22.     CLIPPING THE STORM - Front Right Thrusting Club

23.     GLANCING WING - Front Left Uppercut Punch  

24.     THE BACK BREAKER - Right Flank Right Step Through Punch