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The Shape:  (top) of the crest li like a roof which gives shelter to all who are under it.
                   (O) (sides ) ( ) are curved conversely because like the roof of a  chinese
                   home, they send evil back to where it came from, whenever it tries to
                   descend.  (P)  (bottom) forms the shape of an ax - it represents the
                   executioner.  In the event a member is influenced by evil ideas and
                   thoughts contrary to our philosophy, of the (IKKO) he/she is cut off never
                   to train with us again. (B)  (oval) Represents the OUTER RIM, a
                   boundary reference to adhere to , and a reminder of the ultimate goal in
                   Kenpo; to elongate circles and round corners  (G)


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The Tiger:  (body) Represents the EARTHLY STRENGTH derived during the early
                  stages of learning.  This is the stage where the individual is more
                  impressed with his/her own physical prowess. (O) The left paw of the Tiger is
                  pointing toward the Dragon (left hand is symbolic of knowledge in our
                  salutation), while the right paw supports the tiger (symbolic of base strength
                  formation - illustrated by the right hand in our salutation). The left paw is also
                 pointing directly at Egypt, the perceived origin of the martial arts.  The tail
                 bridges the gap from Hawaii to California, symbolic of the journey Mr. Parker
                 traveled to bring us the Art.  (2nd Brn)


The Circle:  Is symbolic of several things, it depicts LIFE itself, as a continuous cycle,
                  where there is no beginning or end.  So is it with the art of Kenpo,  it too
                  MOTION. Techniques follow a cycle, movements are part of a cycle.
                  Physical prowess, humility, and self restraint are no more than
                  components of a progressive learning cycle. (O)  (1) All moves EVOLVE
                  FROM A CIRCLE whether they are defensive or offensive.  (2) The circle
                  represents the BOND OF FRIENDSHIP that continuously exists amount
                  IKKO members. (P) Represents the GLOBE where Kenpo is now practiced
                  around the world. (B)


The Oriental Writing:  Is a reminder of the ORIGINATORS of our art, the Chinese.
                  It is out of respect to them, yet not that we serve them.  The lettering to the
                  left means KENPO KARATE, LAW OF THE FIST AND THE EMPTY
                  HAND. (O)  The lettering to the right means: SPIRIT OF THE DRAGON
                  AND TIGER - "Mastery comes when the Tiger is seen but the Dragon
                  prevails" a constant reminder that we want to attain the Spiritual level
                  and that the physical level is only a stepping stone, or vehicle, that we use
                  to reach the higher or spiritual level.  (P)


The "K":   Stands for KENPO, the art that we practice.  (O) Stands for KNOWLEDGE
                 which grows constantly as we mature in our study of Kenpo.  It also stands
                  for Mr. Parker's middle name, KEALOHA (the Beloved One).  (G)  Reminds us
                 to understand the KEYS to our Art, tho few in number, can open a multitude of
                 doors to motion and self defense.  To spread KINDNESS instead hatred and
                 KILL only as a last resort. (2nd Brn)


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The Colors:  The WHITE background is significant of the many beginners that form
                the base of the art.  The YELLOW or ORANGE represents the first two
                steps (BELTS) in the initial level of proficiency, the "primitive stage", the
                dangerous stage of learning.  It is a time when a student is more impressed
                with the physical, and, like an adolescent, often times thinks that he/she
                knows all the answers.  (O)  The POLES which form the central axis
                around which the earth revolves are GRAY, symbolic of the brain which is
                the central organ that controls out bodies and has always been referred to as
                gray matter.  The Hawaiian Islands are also GRAY as a tribute to the
                homeland of the Originator of our system.  (P)  Represent proficiency,
                achievement, and authority.  BROWN, the color of the Tigers eyes,
                represents the advanced students though not great in number.  Also at this
                level the student becomes more observant.  His eyes, like those of the Tiger,
                are keen, ever so watchful and critical, always looking up to the higher
                levels of proficiency, striving for perfection, preparing for the day he bears
                the label of an expert.  This level of expert proficiency is represented by the
                color BLACK.  (B)  RED is that of professorship over and above the black but yet,
                as indicated by the colors of the Dragon, there are still traces of WHITE in the
                Dragons eyeball, YELLOW on the Dragon's fins, BROWN in the iris of the
                eyeball and BLACK in the pupils of the eyeball.  This is to remind even the
                professor that he too should always be so humble and be able to go back to any
                level, whatever it might be, perform the things that he expects of others at these
                levels to as never to demand too much of his students.  (G)  In the oval, the 3
                stages of proficiency ae represented by WHITE for the beginner, BROWN for the
                advanced, and BLACK for expert, with RED symbolic of Professorship.
                PURPLE (pearl is the Royal color symbolic of the magnificent and invaluable
                treasure of our Art.  BLUE  (water) symbolizes (1) ability to remain calm under
                pressure, (2) the fluid (liquid) state of the art, that state which movements are
                flowing and becoming more coordinated and harmonious.  GREEN (land mass)
               a reminder to never stop learning and growing, we can never learn all there is to
                   know or stop growing in wisdom.  (3rd Brn)


The Dots: Represents WHITE & BLACK DOT FOCUS.  The WHITE DOT on a black
                background is symbolic of limited awareness (attention is ONLY focused
                on the "white dot") while unaware of other aspects that may exist (black).
                The BLACK DOT on a white background is symbolic of expanded
                awareness (attention is focused on the black dot to insure effectiveness)
                however, attention is also taken into consideration to other important
                circumstances that could be prevalent (white) (P) Form opposites or Yin &
                Yang.  (2nd Brn)

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The Dragon:  (body) Represents SPIRITUAL STRENGTH (courage and confidence)
                which comes with seasoning.  This mental attitude is attained during the
                individual's later years of training.  It is placed above earthly strength
                (tiger) as indicated and observed on the patch, since the individual at this
                stage has learned to develop humility and self restraint. (B)  The three
                individual (fins) represents the three (3) divisions of the art, they are;
                (BASICS, SELF DEFENSE, SPARRING).  The first fin to the right of the
                dragon's head has three individual points, which represent (1) three points
                of view (YOURS, YOUR OPPONENTS, AND THAT OF THE
                BYSTANDER),  (2) The three states of motion (SOLID, LIQUID, & GAS), (3)
                The three stages of comprehension (TO KNOW OF, TO KNOW, & TO
                UNDERSTAND). The second fin to the left of the dragon's head has three
                individual points,  which represent (1) Three phases of techniques: (IDEAL,
                WHAT IF, and FORMULATION), (2) The three stages of learning
                (PRIMITIVE, MECHANICAL and SPONTANEOUS), (3) Three elements
                involved in becoming a true instructor: (TEACHER, COACH and TRAINER),
                The third fin near the  tail has three individual points which represent (1) The
                three elements of speed (PERCEPTUAL, MENTAL and PHYSICAL), (2) Three
                key  words (PRINCIPLE, CONCEPT and THEORY),  The three "U's':
                (USEFUL, UN USEFUL, and USELESS).  The three fins combined number of
                 points (9) reminds us of the NINE PLANES  found in the universal pattern.  (G)
                (RIGHT FOOT) the 4 white claws represent (1) force engagement, when
                executing a block or strike, physical contact can occur; {1} when force meets
                force, {2} when force goes with force, ,{3} when force meets a neutral force, {4}
                when a neutral force meets a neutral force. (2) The 4 ZONES OF
                PROTECTION (height, width, depth, & obscure).  (LEFT FOOT) the 5 claws
                symbolize the aspects of the analytical study of motion (DIRECTION,
                METHOD, PATH, DIMENSION, & ANGLE).  The (MOUTH) is closed as a
                reminder to us, use wisdom, think before speaking and to remain humble at all
                times.  The five fins of the tail depict the SENSES {SIGHT, SOUND, TOUCH,
                SMELL, AND TASTE} each can be valuable in Self Defense. (3rd Brn)  The left
                paw of the Dragon is placed in Northern China (Shaolin Temple), symbolic of
                the intermediate stage of development of the martial arts. (2nd Brn)


The Oval:  With its dividing lines, forms the BASE from which our alphabet stem.  (B)


The Arrows:  Are our DIRECTIONAL KEYS, clockwise, counter clockwise, forward,
                 reverse, as well as opposites.  (B)


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The Pearl:  Symbolic of ENDLESS WISDOM which can always be increased.  (B)


The Dividing Lines:  In the OVAL represent, (1)  the original 18 hand movements -
                  directions in which the hands can travel (2) form the pattern in which feet too
                  can travel (3) They are the angles from which an opponent or you can attack or
                  defend; explanation of the Universal Pattern will clarify this. (G) Also represent
                  the MATHEMATICAL SYMBOLS of our art (MINUS SIGN "-", PLUS SIGN
                  "+", MULTIPLICATION SIGN "x",  valuable reference points to enhance our
                  study and development.  (3rd Brn) In the globe, form the latitudes & longitudes
                  which map our planet, likewise, the Art of  American Kenpo has an architecture
                  to map out its various areas of importance, design, study etc. (2nd Brn)


The Belt:  A tribute to the Founder and Sr. Grand Master of American Kenpo. (3rd Brn)


The "L":  Stands of LOGIC, the foundation of our art.  In logic we have a basis to analyze
                so as to determine truth and reality. (3rd Brn)


The Triangle:  Is (1) an icon for the GEOMETRIC SHAPES utilized in Kenpo (CIRCLE,
                SQUARE, TRIANGLE, OVAL, ETC.).  These are valuable points of reference.
                (2)  A reminder  to continually develop your 3 areas of growth BODY, MIND, &
                SPIRIT.  (3rd Brn)


The Flame:  Is one of continuous friendship and brotherhood which, if kindled by all
                martial arts systems, will grow with brilliance each year.  It's beauty can be
                paralleled with the Art of Kenpo (GRACEFUL and  USEFUL YET DEADLY
                WHEN TOUCHED).  Also has religious meanings. (3rd Brn)


The Words:  KENPO KARATE have 8 different letters which spell: kenpo art.  (2nd Brn)


Secret Meanings:








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