I.K.K.A. Affiliate Application

Submitting your I.K.K.A. Affiliate Application

We appreciate your interest in joining Ed Parker Sr.’s International Kenpo Karate Association. Home of the Ed Parker Sr. American Kenpo Karate system.

We are the original, the official and the authentic I.K.K.A. founded and registered by Senior Grandmaster Ed Parker Sr. in 1956 and administered by the Ed Parker Sr. family.

We are eager to receive and review your applicant. Your applications approval will be based on receiving the below listed items to be included and submitted with your application.

  • A color photograph of the Applicant. The photo should be similar to a passport photo or the photo used on a photo Identification Card or Driver’s license.
  • A color scan of the applicant’s most recent belt ranking certificate. Must be a legible scan of the complete certificate including all authorizing signatures and dates.
  • The I.K.K.A. Application and Affiliate Application Questionnaire.
  • A non-refundable $10.00 application processing fee. If your application is approved the $10.00 processing fee will be credited towards your first years School membership fees balance.
I.K.K.A. Club Membership: I.K.K.A. School Membership:
  • 1 to 24 Students
  • $150.00 – Per Year
  • 25 or More Students
  • $300.00 – Per Year

  • “The Watchers of the Art” – by Mr. Tom Graves – Associate Master of the Arts – I.K.K.A.

    Earlier this month, we had the honor of witnessing the IKKA promotions of two great men, Mr. Tommy Burks, to Master of the Arts, 9th Degree and, Mr. William Larry Kongaika to Senior Professor of the Art, 7th Degree. Mr. Tom Graves was recognized as an IKKA Associate Master of the Art, 8th Degree, and Mr. Greg Hilderbrand Professor of the Art, 6th Degree. During the promotional ceremony, Mr. Graves was asked to read something he wrote, based on what he and others have experienced, during their journey in the Martial Arts which he calls:

    “The Watchers of the Art”

    As caretakers of the art, we need always to remember to keep the art first, our students second, and ourselves last. I believe by putting ourselves last, we win it all, because we all win, by keeping the art strong through the student. (Remember the art doesn’t come alive until the student performs it) This is why the student is a close second.
    By placing ourselves last, we have the privilege and honor to be a part of the growth of a great art.

    Therefore, when we get the privilege to become instructors of the art, we take the responsibility and the obligation to be the watchers of the art, and hold it, and treat it in high regard.
    Sad to say, this has not been the case, as we have seen, and some have experienced, that many have put themselves in front of the art and student, therefore, being a part of the deterioration of the art. They have fallen short of their responsibility and obligation as the watchers of their time. This is unforgivable damage to the art for the sake of self-benefit and egos.

    But, as we have seen the lack of responsibility and obligation being met by these individuals forsaking the art and students of their watch, we have also seen the few who have stood tall and sometimes alone for the art and students of their watch, living up to the responsibility and obligations of true watchers of the art.

    Thank you to the true watchers of the art for your inspiration and guidance during your watch.

    “On a personal note, I would like to thank Mr. Burks, for his guidance. Showing what a true watcher should be, by standing tall and confirming the standard of a watcher while others fail on their watch.” – Mr. Tom Graves

    Kam IV Inc. Press Release 2018


    CONTACT: Kam IV, Inc.
    Email Address: info@kam4inc.com
    Website URL: www.edparkersrkenpokarate.com and www.kam4inc.com

    Los Angeles, California, January 26, 2018

    Kam IV, the owner of all intellectual property associated with the founder of American Kenpo Karate, Edmund Kealoha “Ed” Parker, Sr., announced today that it has successfully concluded the lawsuit it filed against Daniel P. D’Onfro d/b/a Dan D’Onfro’s World Class Kenpo Karate Academy in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. As part of the outcome of the litigation, D’Onfro agreed to an order of the court preventing him from making unauthorized use of Kam IV’s trademarks and copyrighted material. Kam IV’s president Darlene L. Parker Tafua said, “We are very pleased we were able to accomplish this outcome in defending and protecting our father’s legacy and all the intellectual property associated with him is of utmost importance to us and the mission of KAM IV Inc.”

    Kam IV Inc. owns all trademarks and copyrights associated with Edmund Kealoha “Ed” Parker, Sr., the founder of American Kenpo Karate. Mr. Parker Sr., who lived from 1931 to 1990, adapted the art of Kenpo Karate to make it more easily applicable to the streets of America, and called his style American Kenpo Karate. Among the trademarks are the name Ed Parker, Sr. (including his signature), the International Kenpo Karate Association crest patch and logo, a “I.K.C. flame logo and patch”, a “universal patch” logo, the names “International Karate Championships,” “International Kenpo Karate Association,” “IKC,” and “IKKA,” and the insightful descriptions, terminologies, curriculum created and developed by Mr. Ed Parker Sr. for the many American Kenpo moves and techniques. Among the copyrighted works are numerous instructional manuals, books, audio and visual digital content.

    Kam IV, Inc. is owned by his eldest daughter Darlene Parker-Tafua and is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Ed Parker, Sr., including the integrity and substantial value of the intellectual property associated with him.

    “Black Belt Pledge”
    I hold that my time and my skill 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 responsibility to protect any student from ravenous individuals who would try to take advantage of personal weaknesses to divest the gullible that into unprofitable paths, to preserve the sacred things, God, family, country, and Association, I pledge my all.” -Ed Parker Sr.

    To all American Kenpo Practitioners,

    Our purpose is to find those whose desire is to learn and teach Ed Parker Sr.’s American Kenpo Karate under the proper legal authority of the I.K.K.A. which is owned and operated by Kam IV Inc.

    Kam IV Inc. was created by Mrs. Leilani Parker to protect and promote the legacy of her late husband as outlined by SGM Ed Parker Sr. Kam IV Inc. is currently owned and operated by Ed Parker Sr.’s eldest daughter, President Darlene Parker Tafua. Who are the legal owners of all Ed Parker Sr.’s intellectual property as stated in the attached press release.

    Our mission is to do our best at fulfilling the vision of SGM Ed Parker Sr.’s organizational and business goals as prescribed by him, in our possession. We seek those willing to invest in a future that will benefit their family and their students, to join with us.

    Alternatively, those who do not wish apply to the I.K.K.A. will be held accountable for illegal use of Ed Parker Sr.’s intellectual property.

    We are offering an opportunity for the future that you and your students can not nor will not receive from any other Kenpo organization in the world. We offer you the chance to learn, study, teach, and earn official belt ranking in SGM Ed Parker’s American Kenpo Karate.


    Nalu Tafua
    IKKA Membership Director

    For more information, visit the KAM IV Inc. website at www.kam4inc.com

    Ed Parker Sr.’s Influence on Martial Arts By: Charles Russo

    A few years ago I began writing a book about you Bruce Lee and his time amid the pioneering martial arts cultures of the San Francisco Bay Area during the early 1960s. Early on in the process, something unexpected kept occurring during my interviews: no matter what my line of questioning, everyone I interviewed kept mentioning someone not from the Bay Area – Ed Parker Sr.

    This was a peculiar mismatch that kept resurfacing. If I inquired about Bruce Lee in Oakland…Ed Parker Sr.’s name came up. If I asked about the Hawaiian roots of all those Bay Area practitioners in James Lee’s orbit (Wally Jay, Ralph Castro, Al Novak, Ming Lum)….Ed Parker Sr. was mentioned. Even when I was inquiring about the little-known masters from San Francisco’s Chinatown (such as Lau Bun and TY Wong)…..eventually Ed Parker Sr.’s name would surface there as well.

    Going into my research I certainly knew of Ed Parker Sr., but I quickly realized I hadn’t understood the scale of his legacy. As one source characterized it to me, “Ed Parker Sr. is probably responsible for more than a million Americans taking martial arts classes.” Better yet, when I told this to another source not long after, he scoffed at the number and replied: “That’s probably a low estimate.”

    It is in this sense, that even as I put a very cohesive regional focus on my book, Ed Parker Sr. still proved relevant. To have looked at his influence in terms of regional boundaries would have been to miss his historical significance entirely, because when it came to the martial arts, Ed Parker Sr. completely transcended those boundaries. Simply put – his effect on the culture was ubiquitous.

    It is for this reason that in my book about Bay Area martial artists, Ed Parker Sr. is the only non-local figure that I feature. It wouldn’t have been a complete or accurate story without him.

     -Charles Russo 

    Charles Russo is a San Francisco journalist. His book – Striking Distance – is now available on Amazon link: http://amzn.to/29vWISU and in most bookstores.

    A Tribute to Ed Parker: By Bill Broad

    During my childhood, fighting was a way of life. Some fights I started, others I fought to protect myself. Some fights I won and others I lost. I would come home from school with black eyes, bruised and swollen face and missing teeth. I always hid it from my mom who was always against violence. My dad was a boxer and taught me how to protect myself and this helped tremendously. I took judo, which at that time was an effective method of self-defense.

    In 1949, when I was 13 years old, I heard of an upcoming self-defense demonstration at our high school auditorium. I didn’t expect very much but attended anyway. I was glad I did. A group of boys slightly older than I was, wearing Judo outfits with black belts, demonstrated an art of self-defense called “KARATE” that I had never seen before. The thing that impressed me most was the speed and agility of the performers. The punches and kicks were awesome and I called it “DIRTY FIGHTING.”

    In 1954, while attending my third year at Brigham Young University in Provo Utah, I met a student by the name of Ed Parker. We were both from Hawaii and met at one of our Hawaiian Club meetings. It turned out that I knew his dad who was a member of the High Counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His dad periodically gave talks at our church and was an excellent speaker. Ed and I became good friends.

    One evening Ed and I were visiting in my room at the dormitory where I was staying. I remember him sitting on a chair playing the ukulele as we talked. He noticed my Judo outfit with my purple belt hanging in my closet. He asked me what form of self-defense I used that outfit for. I explained that I took Judo when I was younger but I now used it because it was comfortable and kept me warm during the winter.

    I then told him about this group of boys demonstrating a form of self- defense at my high school auditorium in 1949 that I had never seen before and how awesome their performance was. He told me that he was one of the boys in that group and this form of self-defense was called “KENPO KARATE”. I was totally surprised. I told him that I thought that was dirty fighting. He explained that Kenpo Karate was an art and must be used only for self-protection and the protection of others.

    He also explained every means possible to protect yourself. I understood, I begged Ed to teach me this art. He agreed but warned me again that this was for self-defense only! We agreed to meet on the very next Saturday at the gym in the wrestling training room, which had a wall-to-wall mat.

    Ed and I met on Saturday and he brought 2 students, also from Hawaii, with him. Their names were Roy Runnels and Ed Forsythe. He told me that when he told Roy and Ed about our scheduled workout, they also wanted to learn this form or self-defense. We worked hard 3 and sometimes 4 days a week for several months. I was clumsy at first and Ed used to mimic my clumsy moves and we’d all laugh. One day during our workouts, the wrestling coach came into the room and watched us. He was totally impressed and asked Ed if we would put on a demonstration at the school’s next basketball game during half time. Ed agreed. We worked even harder practicing for our demonstration. During our last workout before our demonstration, Ed Forsythe broke his wrist. He would not be able to perform.

    On the night of the basketball game we were all very nervous especially when we were told that there were more than 2,000 students attending the game. A few minutes before it was time to enter the basketball court, we gathered around in a huddle holding hands and Ed gave a word of prayer. He asked God to protect us from injury and help us to make our demonstration successful. Tears were pouring from my eyes as Ed prayed. When we entered the basketball court the students were noisy and many had begun to walk out. We bowed to each other and we bowed to the audience. Then there was silence. The students walking out immediately came back to their seats. I was in the first demonstration with Roy Reynolds. Before we started, I looked at Ed and he nodded his head and smiled. That was what I needed. Our demonstration was perfect. Every movement and timing went according to plan. Months of hard work paid off. The applause from our audience after each act was tremendous. In our last act, Roy and I held a board while he punched and broke it. I could see the blood coming from Ed’s knuckle but Ed covered his knuckle with his left hand. We bowed to each other and then we bowed to the audience and ran off the court hearing the tremendous applause. We knew our demonstration was successful.

    We continued our workouts religiously. New students came and left but one new student joined our group that impressed me. His first name John but I don’t remember his last name. He was a former employee of the department of fish and game. Due to an accident he was confined to a wheel chair. John was very enthusiastic and attended every workout. Ed Parker taught him many aspects of self-defense that could be performed from a wheel chair. I was amazed by Ed’s adaptation of Kenpo Karate to a man who couldn’t walk or kick. But John developed speed in his punches, timing in his blocks and accuracy in hitting the vulnerable points of an attacker. We worked out together for several months before we were asked to perform during intermission at a boxing event. Ed agreed and invited John to participate in our demonstration. John was reluctant at first but later agreed. We worked hard in preparation for this demonstration.

    On the night of our demonstration and prior to our time to perform, John was very nervous and we did everything we could to calm him down. We huddled and held hands as Ed prayed for protection from injury and help to make our demonstration successful. Then it was time to perform and we walked down the aisle to the ring. Everyone was quiet especially when they saw John in the wheel chair. John had to be carried into the ring and his wheel chair was placed in the ring. We bowed to each other and bowed to the audience and we began our demonstration. Everything went according to plan and John’s performance was excellent. However, before our last act, a man came walking down the aisle hollering, “you’re all a bunch of fakes! You’re not really hitting each other!” He appeared to be drunk. I motioned and hollered to him “ come into the ring.” He went to the far corner of the ring from me and climbed up the steps. As he reached the top step I ran towards him as fast as I could screaming. He quickly jumped off the steps to the floor and ran up the aisle. We never saw him again. We completed out last act, bowed to each other and bowed to the audience and left the ring among heavy applause from the audience. I knew we were successful.

    I left Brigham Young University after the completion of my third year in June 1955 and never returned. But the memory of Ed Parker will remain with me throughout the rest of my life.

    * Bill Broad was one of Ed Parker’s very first students at BYU and has since passed away. We are grateful to his son Tim Broad for letting us share this tribute with you. Tim Broad is a second-generation black belt under our father, Ed Parker Sr.


    Since the launch of our new website on March 19, 2015, conversations have taken place among Kenpo practitioners around the world. We are aware that some do not understand our intentions and, therefore, misinterpret the goals and direction of Kam IV. Over the past 24 years, since the passing of our father, some practitioners who teach his art have altered it or watered it down, yet they use his logos, his name and his system to advance their schools. Some have been promoted to the same rank as the Senior Grandmaster with no criteria for advancement. People have reprinted information from his copyrighted books and manuals for their own financial gain. Unfortunately over time, the integrity of Ed Parker’s Kenpo Karate has been tarnished. It is no wonder that new students are confused when they look for a reputable instructor.

    We reiterate the purpose of our involvement, to protect the integrity of our father’s work. Those who have been true to the system for many years, with the right intentions, understand that obtaining an official license allows them to use specific Intellectual Property because they demonstrate a commitment to the integrity of the art. Those who do not fall into this category will not pass the screening by the Black Belt Board or the consultants and will not qualify for a licensing agreement. The process of cleaning things up is difficult, but we believe it is long overdue.

    The goal of licensing is not a request for retroactive compensation, it is for the continued use of our father’s name and system. The cost of licensing is minimal and provides substantial benefits to the studio owner. By renewing all trademarks, copyrights, patents, etc. it allows Kam IV to put things back on the right path. There is no other way to stop the widespread degradation without this process. We are confident that we are moving in the right direction and we hope that those who understand our mission will support us in our efforts.


    Welcome to the new Ed Parker Sr. Kenpo Karate website. This site is primarily for those who desire to learn more of Mr. Parker’s true art from those who remain true to his concepts and principles. For those who are confused about what is legal or illegal on the Internet (and there is an awful lot out there), you will soon find the names of licensed studios, certified instructors and approved vendors on this website. As our base of schools and instructors expands, we will keep you informed. Our virtual map is coming soon to help students find an authorized school in their area. Information will be added to the website often to keep you informed of our progress. We hope this site proves beneficial to the many who seek to learn and grow as practitioners of American Kenpo Karate, founded by Senior Grandmaster Ed Parker Sr.