The Kenpo Continuum by Amy Long
Lee Wedlake can now be found on youtube.com.
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New website layout
My website will soon have a new layout. Thanks to Tom Fanelli in California for all the work that goes into it.
Tip of the Month
Videotape yourself. Using a mirror is good and nothing beats and instructor helping you but watching yourself on tape can be invaluable. Like they say, the camera doesn’t lie. I used one extensively, way back when the technology was new. It was a black and white camera – color was too expensive then. But I saw myself doing stuff that I could then correct and integrate.
I have found that some students actually resist or resent the instructor corrections and don’t believe they are making the mistake the instructor wants to correct. They apparently use the body feedback and think they’re in the right position when they are not. And seeing it on film gets the message across. Some schools use it regularly and even will film your private lessons as part of the lesson, usually for a charge. Video helps.
Members Only update
Be a rap artist, a technical article on the chopping knuckle strike added to the site. More of the Ed Parker studio handouts were posted, too.
When you join the Members Only section on my website you’ll have access to over 120 historical and technical articles on Kenpo and more. One constantly expanding section is the Kenpo Instructor’s Handbook. It’s $29/year.
Dr. Marc Rowe and I had an article on sleeper holds published in the Journal of Asian Martial Arts. It’s in the Sept/Oct issue.Many have noticed that they changed my name in the author bio notes to Allen Lee Wedlake. Why, I don’t know.
“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Another recommended resource
Amy Long created a kenpo toolbar and says there are about 100 kenpo websites linked into it. See it here. http://KenpoKarate.OurToolbar.com
Marc Rowe, M.D. is a tai chi student of mine. He’s creating a set of vector drawings with commentary on basic body alignments that will be very helpful to anyone in any art. These will be included in this newsletter as they become available.
In addition, kenpo seniors Graham Lelliott and Gary Ellis have agreed to submit short articles for publication. Both were in the first batch of black belts promoted by Ed Parker in Europe in 1980. Gary resides in Plymouth, England and Graham now lives in Clovis, California.
See you next month!