American Kenpo Pledges
nach Ed Parker


Yellow Belt

I come to you with only karate, empty hands.  I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my prinicles or my honor, should it be a matter of life or death of right or wrong, then here are my weapons, karate, my empty hands.

Orange Belt

I understand that I am but a beginner in a new and fascinating art which will direct me to greater obligations and responsibilities.  To honor my obligations and responsibilities I pledge myself to serve my instructor, fellow students and fellow men.

Purple Belt

I hold the art of American Kenpo sacred and freely take upon myself the obligation and responsibility that I shall never misuse my skill to hurt or make afraid.  I shall fight only if forced to defend myself and shall be slow to anger, loath to take offense, quick to forgive and to forget personal affront.

Blue Belt

I shall never let pride rule my passions and will defend, with all the skill I posses, the weak,  the helpless and the oppressed.  I pledge an unswerving loyalty to the association and my instructor.  In addition, I pledge an unending effort to earn the self-same loyalty from those who look to me for training.

Green Belt

I pledge a continued effort to sharpen my skills, to increase my knowledge and to broaden my horizons.  I shall obligate myself under the direction of my instructor to learn the skills of a teacher which will enable me to teach my skills in the prescribed manner outlined by Mr. Ed Parker.

3rd Brown Belt

I pledge that as my skill as a teacher progresses I will never condem, ridicule, embarrass or shame any student or fellow instructor in the presence of a class or group.  All grievances or disputes shall be conducted in private away from group observation.

2nd Brown Belt

I understand that like a doctor, the private affairs of students and fellow instructors that come to my attention during the exercising of my responsibilities are privilege communications and must never be discussed

1st Brown Belt

I honor and hold sacred the right of all men to protect themselves.  I further hold that as a  trained martial artist in American Kenpo I will take upon myself all obligations and responsibilities deemed sacred to my god, family, country and association.

1st Black Belt

I hold that my time and my skills are the assets of my profession, assets which grow in value as I progress in the art until as a Third Degree Black Belt, I stand as a fully qualified instructor.  It shall also be my responsibilitiy to protect any student from ravenous indiviuals who would try to take advantage of personal weaknesses to divest the gulible into unprofitable paths, to preserve the sacred things, god, family, country and association, I pledge my all.


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