Forms & Sets
In Ed Parker Kenpo System, forms are essentially a dictionary of motion, a catalog if you will, of one’s basic skills in Kenpo. There are also a variety of sets that work with specific basics such as blocks, kicks, etc. An example is Blocking Set 1, also referred to as Star Block. This is a stationary set in which a variety of blocks are performed to catalog these basic skills. Forms go far beyond a catalog and contain fighting maneuvers of all kinds, becoming much more lengthy and intricate than the sets.
Depending upon the school, forms and also the instructional section of class begins with a formal salutation:
Forms begin and end with the Formal Salutation
The Formal Salutation has meaning in both defense and offense as the salutation is performed. This will not be shown at this time, but there is a verbal meaning as well that goes along with each movement of the salutation, which was given to Dr. Tindall by Grandmaster Parker while on a trip from California to Dale Petitt’s Salt Lake Kenpo Club in the mid 1970s.
The verbal salutation is:
We the warrior and the scholar, come together as we go forth to fight, back to back, to bring our country together. We have no weapons, we conceal our treasure and pray for forgiveness if we are forced to use it.
The treasure Master Parker revealed were your skills in using Kenpo, since for those who have the highest levels skills, the treasure would be as valuable or, more so, than a loaded .45 caliber pistol.
Kenpo forms have both a ‘short’ and ‘long’ delineation.
The first 4 forms (Short & Long 1, Short & Long 2) are drill forms showing us methods and motion.
Long Forms 3-6 are technique forms.
Long Form 7 is also a technique form, but is performed using Kali sticks.
Long Form 8 is the ‘Double Dagger’ form and one that you should not perform initially using real knives. Also, the knives used are sharpened on both sides thus, good skill is necessary when using them to prevent cutting yourself badly. This is Dr. Tindall’s favorite form because of the challenge required and, he initially performed this form with real knives, although later admitted it wasn’t the best move in the play book.
Sets (these will be explained more fully later)
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