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The origins of Karate are lost in antiquity.  Some historians take it back to Egypt several centuries ago. Some give credit to Daruma, the twenty eighth Buddha from India.  Whether that's accurate or not, we'll never know but we do know that eventually some form of organized, weaponless self defense was taken to China and there, eventually developed into what is known today, as Kenpo.  The more interesting and important part of the history is what happened to Kenpo upon leaving China and making its way to the United States.

One of the leading exponents of the system of Kenpo in the Hawaiian Islands in the 1940's was Professor William K.S. Chow.  It was with him that a young Ed Parker began his study of the Art.  These were his formative years.  It was before he was married, did a hitch in the U.S. Coast Guard or got his degree in sociology at BYU.  When all of that had been accomplished Ed Parker, upon graduation, decided to migrate to Pasadena, California to open what was to be the first Karate Dojo in the United States (Hawaii not yet being admitted to the Union).  Thus, he earned the title, "The Father of American Karate".

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