Ed Parker began his career at nineteen when a graphite sketch of his father sparked the worldwide distribution of his first professional rendering. He not only earned the respect of his family but the portrait has been purchased by 100,000 Martial Arts followers internationally. His artwork can be found in all fifty states and across Europe as well as Australia, Africa, The Channel Islands, South America, and both the Middle and Far East.
As a professional artist Ed has illustrated for Parenting Magazine, KCRW Radio station, National Public Radio, Impello Films, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, The Disney Channel. As well as listing hundreds of book and magazine covers and other various pieces of art to his resume.
As a martial artist, Ed Parker Jr. has focused talents on creating innovative learning tools and visually dynamic art pieces for his community. He is also responsible for over 500 personal portrait renderings and looks forward to reaching his goal of 1000 portraits in a lifetime. Countless illustrations have also been commissioned for film projects, DVD, book and magazine covers, corporate identities, and custom certificates, making Edmund both an accomplished and highly experienced artist.
Born on November 15th, 1959, in Glendale, California, Edmund is the son of the late Senior Grandmaster Ed Parker and his wife, Leilani Parker. His father is world renowned for being the founder of the first US born martial arts system, known as Ed Parker’s American Kenpo. Ed Parker Jr. is the proud father of four children. He has three daughters, one son, one grandson and one granddaughter. He is married and lives with his wife, in Pasadena, California.
Frank Trejo is known the world over for his unique fighting abilities. He has crossed all boundaries by combining Boxing, Kickboxing, Karate, Judo and Ground Fighting in a concept he likes to call "Kenpo Fusion".
He also works as a stunt coordinator and as an actor. Mr. Trejo has instructed or been a bodyguard for Van Halen, Jean Claude Van Damme, Lauren Tewes, Billy Idol, David Lee Roth just to name a few. His films include; Pushed To the Limit, Beyond Fear, Personal Vendetta, Painless George, and Deadly Outbreak.
He is currently ranked as a 10th Deg. Black Belt in American Kenpo. His work with Mr. Parker is still being featured on the magazines: refer to the August 2001 issue of Black Belt, it has a picture of him and Mr. Parker working together.
Mr. Kongaika was the former Manager and Chief Head Instructor at Ed Parker’s original Pasadena Studio and was personally instructing many Kenpo black belts as well as Black Belts from other martial arts backgrounds. His goal is to perpetuate the art of Kenpo by not compromising the quality and substance of the system. The art of Kenpo evolves by applying the universal principles and concepts of motion and adding upon the base of the system -- not by deleting. He hopes to play a significant role in helping to unite our Kenpo family together again—believing that we can continue to grow by unifying our talents for the benefit of our own students.
Today...and as a respected 5th Degree Black belt, he continues his quest to keep Kenpo alive and keep the flame burning by opening up his own studio called "M.A.X. Dojo". Stop on by and see for yourself why this man is regarded as the Who's Who in Martial arts and experience the magic of Kenpo that only Mr. Kongaika can show you.
Frank Soto began his seek for the truth in Martial Arts at age twelve with the practice of Korean Karate; from the very beginning he showed great interest in learning practical methods of self-defense, standing out for his inquisitive mind, as well as learning and retention skills. This took him to a long and profound personal search, studying different styles and systems, as TKD Moo Du Kwan, Jiu Jitsu, Aikido, Kung Fu, American Boxing, American Kenpo and Samoan LimaLama.
The Kinetic Dragon became an instructor in 1994 and since then he has dedicated himself to teach and convey the arts as an international speaker with seminars given in Venezuela, Spain, Ireland, USA , Chile and different parts of Mexico.
Besides being a respected International Lecturer in the Kenpo community and getting his Black Belt in American Kenpo by the hands of GM Larry Tatum in 1998; Frank has been studying since 2002 under the direct guidance of the Kenpo Ambassador and at the beginning of this 2008 Mr. Parker gave Mr. Soto the recognition as the Kenpo Instructor with the most presence in the Latin Community; by referring to him as the Latino Kenpo Ambassador.
Frank keeps himself within the seek of new knowledge and alternative teaching methods to convey the and his discoveries within the boundaries of Martial Wisdom; to touch the minds and hearts of the martial artist that is seeking for alternatives and his own truth. He achieves this by sharing his teachings via Videos, Courses, Workshops, Lessons and Seminars internationally.
Muay Thai Fighter
Amatuer IKF US champ superlightweight 1998
IKBA US champ super lightweight 1997
Pro IKKC Light Middleweight CA 2002