In the Passing Lane

 

Dear Members:

I apologize for such a delay in updating our site. We have been very busy with many upcoming affairs. This past summer I launched an anti-bullying program with Michael Miller, Buddy Morrison, and Mike Friedman called “Stomp the Bullying.” This has turned out to be a major campaign and Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels, allowed us to bring this program under the banner of the Guardian Angels.

After numerous e-mails, phone calls and personal experiences, I found the need to step up and do something about bullying and address it head on as it is a major crisis globally. I knew we already had a foundation for a great program by using the reputation of the Guardian Angels as well as the martial arts community. Since the education through martial arts would empower victims with self-confidence, self-esteem, and proper skills in making the right decision by using alternative choices, I knew this would be a success.

Through the Guardian Angels we decided to incorporate a program where candidates would be schooled through a 3 month program and then graduate as Junior Angels and volunteer through self-sacrifice in their own communities and offer community service by demonstrating leadership through civic duties.

 That is just one of our current projects going on, and we are proud to announce that we just held our first graduation of the “Stomp the Bullying” program, and it occurred on Friday, September 16, 2011 at Miller’s Kenpo Karate Dojo in Bradford, Pa. Owner Michael Miller was the first to implement this program and graduated 12 students who became Junior Angels under his guidance. Miller designed the manual that will be used by all people who implement this awesome program. The program proves that children can make a difference in our efforts to “Stomp the Bullying” and can create a support system by banning together and talking about the problem as well as networking with us by holding venues for us to attend. Visit www.stompthebullying.org for more info.

The other current projects we are involved with are the upcoming books soon to be released by our CKF Public Relations Administrator Mr. Michael Miller. Mr. Miller started a book series of biographies titled Legends of Kenpo, with the first legend being Rainer Schulte. I have been chosen to be the second in this series to tell my story about my journey through Kenpo. Mr. Miller has been working diligently on this project and plans to have the book released at the 2013 February Camp.

He is also working on a bullying book as well as a book of all his articles – those he had published in Inside Kung-fu and Black Belt magazines – as well as brand new articles never read. Along with his book projects he has been editing the new CKF Instructors Manual. If Mike Miller is the man behind the pencil I can only say this: you will not be disappointed in the final product. Enjoy the outcome of what he researches and creates in the interest of those who enjoy a good read.

We have also been working on adding advanced training into the CKF, for those who seek it, in both empty hand and weapons. CKF member Buddy Morrison is a firearms instructor with advanced certifications under Paul Castle in the Center Axis Relock (CAR) System and is now offering a defensive tactics program for our organization through Morrison Tactical. We will soon have more details about this and how you can get involved with this type of training. Satellite locations will be listed on our web site as well as those under the direction of Buddy Morrison who are certified to instruct.

As you know, November is the month for CKF membership renewals so I ask everyone to get prepared to send in your list of current student names and updated applications by November 30, 2011, as well as your school/club fee and black belt fee. Please be prompt.

The 2012 Florida Kenpo Camp is being set for the weekend of February 11 – 12 and we are making this a VIP invite only with the first 20 people pre-registered by January 14, 2012. After years of hard work, and numerous instructors, I’ve decided to make the camp more private with myself and Grandmaster Michael Robert Pick being the instructors. We are interested in grooming those who are like minded and want to train and teach the system. We will no longer have an open door policy; therefore, only current CKF members are invited as well as anybody associated with our growing alliance

The theme of this year’s camp with be academic phase vs. combative phase. We will be focused on learning the principles of the art through the science of “Ideal” to “Real Deal” by using the warrior mindset to the mode of “Attack the Attack” for the ability to create a module for advanced training.

Shedding New Skin

By: Sean Kelley

 

It’s been awhile since I have been able to sit down long enough to let everyone know updates, events and news within the CKF organization. This past year has been very busy with me traveling doing seminars and both working full-time in the security field as well as teaching my VIP Program.

 

Our recent Florida Kenpo Camp was another amazing venue with guest instructors Vinny Anfuso, Rich Hale and Mohamad Tabatabai (first time appearing at the camp). As a special addition to the weekend we had MMA/Kenpo instructor Fred Mergen and firearms expert Paul Pawela bring their worth to the 45 VIP Guests who attended this past February 2011 event.

 

I was honored to see old friends and dedicated students that have trained with me for over 20 years being able to visit us and travel to this year’s event. We had visitors from Pennsylvania, Maryland, California, Kansas, Colorado, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alaska and throughout Florida attend. It was an awesome reunion for CKF members.

 

We are reviewing the new CKF Instructor’s manual and hope to have this available soon for those interested in getting the revised material as well as the new information that has been created for current CKF Members only. Hard work and effort in this project is being conducted by CKF Black Belts Susan Jordan and Buddy Morrison. We will keep you updated.

 

We are also planning to add to the web site my daughter Tori performing the forms Short Form 1 through Long Form 2 for those who enjoy a quick visual library. For those interested in getting a copy you can purchase these by contacting me at Kenpo5@aol.com. The investment for this DVD will be $15.95 plus shipping/handling and you can make checks payable to the Guardian Angels. We are using this project as fundraiser for the organization and as a reminder this is a tax deductible donation since this a Non Profit organization. It is our way of giving to a wonderful cause.

 

I would also like to mention my return trip to Chile has been scheduled for November 2012 hosted by CKF South American Rep Maestro Roberto Vidal. Going along with me will be Grandmaster Michael Robert Pick and Kickboxing Legend Bill ‘Superfoot’ Wallace.  I look forward to my return trip in seeing our CKF South American family.

 

If you have ever heard of the expression of Shedding New Skin I would like to say I too understand the phrase as of recent. Over the years I have taught hundreds if not thousands of people from ages 3 years old up to a senior citizen who hired me to be a coach, mentor and personal trainer. With over 30 years as a Martial Arts instructor I have given testimonies to many who have asked me to write something for their web sites, jobs, or social media only to help build a long time relationship. Sometimes it works and then there are times it comes to a dead end and we must then move on. I call it Shedding New Skin.

 

I was recently informed that someone posted on a forum that I was giving credit to a Black Belt as the top CKF student or that they were the best under my lineage. When I heard this I immediately recall the time SGM Ed Parker told me of his situation with having so many so called protégé’s and that some of them he himself never met. He also said he had many within his organization that were very talented but that there was no one person he could say was the guy to take over when he was ready to retire. He did say he had a few chosen Black Belts that were assigned for particular reasons but that was something he kept to himself.

 

Over the years I have written testimonies for people and even gave the okay for some to be self-written only because I was too busy to do it myself and I guess that could bite anyone in the tail bone down the road; matter of fact it happened to Ed Parker there in his last few years of being alive as I recall.

When someone takes on a career to be a facilitator you might think he/she would groom all his/her Black Belts well enough to end up better than they would be as a matter of producing quality and future leaders in the industry. Some forget though being a Black Belt requires a ‘Teachable Spirit’ and when you become self centered and driven by the idea of ‘I and Me’ versus the ‘We and Us’ way of thinking I would say immediately you need to be back in the class setting of learning the art as a Art not as a Hobby.

 

Being progressive and free thinking is a healthy stage we all can admit is needed in growing as a Martial Human; but do it with honor, dignity and humility.  Do not use the reputation of others to gain something for your own hidden agenda. This is not a good martial path to be on and in the Kenpo system we created an axe at the bottom of our Crest for a reason. You can be cut off from our inner circle, organization, network and family if you demonstrate disgrace, or are dishonorable as a Martial Human.

 

If I were to openly announce or even suggest at this time who might be the person I would say is my top student or who would represent me as a person it would be only one individual – my daughter Tori. She has been involved in the martial arts community since the age of 4. She started as a Little Dragon then became a Junior as soon as she turned 11 years old. Now she is 13 years old and ready to turn 14 years old come July 17th and is a qualified 2nd Degree Brown Belt learning the adult material and just finished learning Long Form 3 just like my adult students.

 

I’m insulted by any person thinking they have the right to take on the title of being my top student when in reality I have taught all over the world to all ages and have taught Black Belts of all levels as well. If we want to be technical I have even taught a few who were much higher in rank than myself only to prove knowledge will always out weigh cloth in my book.

 

Tori has the hours and years of being in my arena of teaching. She has been around many of my own personal Mentors and has assisted me in teaching as well as participated in seminars and camps where there were times she was the only young teenager in class. I’m proud of her dedication and I’m proud of her devotion in following my foot steps and when the time comes to strap on a Black Belt you can be assure of yourself she will know her stuff.

 

I do want to say over the years I have chosen a few of my closest Black Belts as assistants to my teaching staff. I have created a review teaching requirement venue called the ‘DNA’ Kenpo seminar series for those who are looking into the system as a Science and for being a certified CKF Instructor. So far people like Mike Friedman, Jeff Lewis, Susan Jordan, John Rhoads, Kevin Kuliga, Buddy Morrison, Alfred Magnan, Mike Miller, Doug Hotaling, Mike Miranda, Tony Capone, Bill Larson, Matt Trejo, Jamie Seabrook, Kurt Snyder, and a few of my Brown Belts have shown an interest in pursuing this level of training which will take a number of years to perfect. I’m proud in saying this will be what the Kenpo Community is missing in making future quality instructors if it is not passed on this way. Ed Parker’s system was a methodical, test proven science of learning how and why his art was so popular in its structure. Our goal is to qualify those interested in being carriers of the Kenpo torch with knowledge, ability to perform and to pass on the art as it was laid out as a science of street fighting with positive results. Those who will learn the academic side of the art will have the Master Key principles to advance into the combative mode for the sake of safety, survival and to protect those in a reality world of crime and disconnection. Use your studies as a means to find balance and peace in our modern day struggle for directional harmony.

 

Last piece of news is my returning as the leader of the Palm Beach County Guardian Angels here in West Palm Beach Florida. I have brushed off my cob webs on my Red Beret and have stepped back into the arena of leading the organization once again to do battle against bullies, teach crime prevention and to reach out as a speaker in schools or other places and be a voice in the need to create positive role models through martial science and the concepts created by Curtis Sliwa and his 32 years of success by creating a International Organization that lends a hand at helping others where others have stopped caring or in some cases Men forgot their role in life as protectors of the ‘Neighborhood’ when faced with things out of order….I say ‘Court is back in session’ and I’m back!

Honor is Still Out There

From the Archives

 

I wanted to share something that took place recently and how much it meant to me. My daughter Tori had her birthday on July 17th, 2009 and has turned 12 years old. She is a big fan of the "Twilight" series and had a request for getting her own custom "Twilight" Sneakers done.

Her mother located on E-bay the ability to order these custom made sneakers and one could pick a particular design out of a selection of about 4 different choices. The only clench here was they were being ordered out of the country from the Philippines. My worry was getting them, buying them and of course never to ever receive the order and being out of $160 dollars plus Tori being let down out of her special gift.

The Order was placed on July 2, 2009, and I did this to give me a window of about 15 days to get them, since they were to be shipped within 3-5 business days. Well, there were a nightmare of problems through the United States Mail services and our Customs department.

There were a cluster of emails and phone calls to our customs and Miami Mail Division as well as reports of possible mail fraud. I found out that problems had been reported about ordering from China and claims have been coming in constantly that there was a mail fraud concern, but not yet from the Philippines.

I was so upset because it came down to the wire of it being one more day before her birthday and no item was mailed. It was now in the hands of customs and nobody was able to assist because there was no tracking of the item and they do not go after "A" item for anyone.

I ended up calling my American Express company as E-bay wants you to work it out with the seller, but AMX took immediate action and put the payment on hold for investigation reasons.

The situation was frustrating, but there is a positive side to this whole story. The woman who was responsible for the handcrafted sneakers goes by the name Ayin Gurling. She lives in Manila and runs an online business. She was sincere and very upset at the chain of events and was more than willing to go the extra mile to make sure I received Tori’s gift and her reputation was not damaged.

I have to say I learned that there still are many who are honest out there and it goes far on this planet, even to the place in Manila, Philippines. Not only did I eventually get my order on Saturday July 18th, 2009, the day after Tori’s actual birthday, but we waited for Saturday anyway to have a surprise party with karate friends and family at 3pm for everyone to come and be there. At 1:45pm the package arrived and it was the second pair that Ayin had done for Tori and Ayin drove an additional 90 miles to a mail delivery place to guarantee we would receive the gift.

Tori was so surprised and I was thrilled that it all worked out and I have to say this to those reading this, I highly recommend this lovely woman Ms. Gurling to anyone wanting to order these custom sneakers. She also put "Tori’s" name on them for no extra charge, and after all the problems, I received a second pair with extra small gifts from Ms.Gurling as well; So not only did I get what I ordered from out of the country, but also, I was given honesty treatment from a very special woman who displayed honor, dignity and my trust. I told her I look forward to many more business opportunities with her based on this situation that was a happy ending. Please check out her Web site at http://ayinx.etsy.com to see all that she has to offer. Ayinx custom hand painted sneakers.

Topic of Trust

In my recent travels I have found that many of the school/club owners have met up with customers not aware of the need of knowing how to understand that customer relationships and loyalty are built on mutual trust.

In today’s society the benefits and values taught at most karate schools is without the communication between parents and the coaches (karate instructors) in the commercial industry. Having taught as a professional facilitator for over 26 years now with over hundreds if not thousands of students I have found part of our lesson plan should be to educate our parents about their investment?the children!

There is no quick fix or mini-programs that is going to make any adolescent change in just a few months. This takes time, nurturing, and to change behavior it takes a team effort. I say welcome to the only school you get more than enough chances to make a change in life?no one quits and nobody gives up.

Karate is a discipline, which means like any education where mental, physical as well as emotional stages of improvement are being handled, it just can not be done without realizing it is a individual process and a skill that requires patience on all parties, especially in areas where there may be handicap challenges or for the sake a little extra care needed.

If our school system requires a 5 day/ 6 hours a day of habit forming time of investment to pass from one grade to another, then how is it people tend to believe that twice a week for a total of 8 hours a month qualifies them "Just Because" of paying a monthly tuition, to receive a minimum of 3 belts within a 12 month time period?

This is ludicrous as well as a disservice to our children and us as facilitators trying to bring out the best in every student we profile. Education is a must and we must take a roll of building trust with our parents to meet their goals but allow us to be the experts in our field as we would in their individual careers.

In reading a recent comment posted on Facebook by Michael Miller, who happens to be experienced in child protective services (as a caseworker for three years in McKean County) he reflects the need for parents to understand that children primarily learn through modeling behavior (social learning theory) by duplicating and repeating what they see and hear around them, primarily mirroring parental habits and behavior. This is a factor of concern to those wondering why their kids are developing or showing signs of improper behavior or lack of motivation to succeed.

The martial arts industry is place of improving character, self esteem, health/wellness, mental alertness, bully proofing, and developing strong work ethics for their future in corporate America. Let’s begin a new year with building stronger relationships at the front of classrooms and at the front door of our studios. If we neglect this we will lose another young kid who needs us, or a customer who needs a home for reconnection in his/her life. Let it be known your philosophy is about trust, dignity, motivation, and spiritual balance, not about engaging or endorsing violence, but prevention, intervention and solutions to what is missing in life; it still takes a neighborhood to raise a child!

Senior Teaching Black Belt

From the Archives

This letter is to provide an understanding as to why we in the Chinese Karate Federation have adopted the title "Senior Teaching Black belt" into our vocabulary and Lineage as it has been questioned by certain individuals and organizations in the past.

We chose this appropriate title because SGM Ed Parker passed away (in Loving memory) in the year 1990 leaving us vacant without a senior leader, to give us authentic first generation roots. With the help of training with the likes of many first generation Parker black belts I was fortunate to have trained and been on the mats with many top quality people, but I was missing something for me as the President of this organization and was dealing with some challenges that needed attention; and there was only one other guy other than Mr. Parker who I felt would be the man to fit that seat.

The CKF is about the future generations, not about me. It is about perpetuating the art of American Kenpo and passing on the Kenpo torch to those who carry it to the next level as well as future generations to come. After considerable thought and research I was at a loss for my own goals and path as a seed from Ed Parker’s garden and wanted what was missingleadership that was sound, and above all had honor, dignity as well as character; I chose to contact Michael Robert Pick.

Recently, we have had dialogue with many across the globe who have questioned, debated, or challenged our views and some tried to say we are lying in our attempt to document history as seen in the eyes of people like Master Rainer Schulte in his biography written by Michael Miller.

Like many who have written books about either themselves or topics that they have experienced, everyone will have his own opinion or view in terms of what he recalls on how things are remembered. The bottom line is thisits their biography, their book, and their point of view how they lived it.

If we look at the book Inside Elvis written by Ed Parker, he wrote about Elvis from his point of view and how he recalled the chain of events he was a part of. Some liked it, others said it was not true. Then we have a book that was written August 1, 1977 by Steve Dunleavy called Elvis – What Happened, a story by 3 of his personal bodyguards who told their stories after being fired by Elvis and Vernon Presley. This book was very controversial, damaging to Elvis career, and actually sold so many copies that had to have a second distribution series written; again, their point of view.

We in the CKF chose to bring Mr. Pick into our organization as the Senior Kenpo authority. He accepted it with honor, not with any agenda or goal. He spoke candidly with me on his ideals and we found out we knew each other through the same whispers of conversation, and that was by Ed Parker himself. I did not assume he knew me and went on to introduce myself, he stopped me immediately and said, I already know who you are and your place within the Kenpo community.I was stunned and was not sure if this was good or bad? I found out it was good.

Mr.Pick prefers the title "Senior Teaching Black belt" because it does not disqualify who Ed Parker was as our founder and as the Senior Grandmaster of our system, American Kenpo.

I am a student under Mr. Pick and have a relationship with him, as do my students and the organization the Chinese Karate Federation. He is in my school every February as a testimony of his role within our organization as well as the international "Alliance" that has been formed with many other organizations such as with Tony Cogliandro (AKI), Professor Brian Hawkins (UKS), Master Kevin Mills (BKKU), and many other independent Black belts who have come on board to network with us.

Mr. Pick does not push his authority; if anything, he is always open for dialogue with those who like debate, advice or opinion. Along with that, as my teacher, I mention his worth in my travels and to the CKF family and invite those to meet and train with him. As an example of this, he will go with me this year to Santiago, Chile in November to meet my CKF South American Rep Mr. Roberto Vidal and his students.

The series of books coming out by Michael Miller are personal biographies with title "Legends of Kenpo" just like the book written by Joe Hyams and Tom Bleecker in 2000; it was 24 honorees selected to appear in the book with their own stories about Kenpo and their individual history. Some agreed and some said it was not factual. Bottom line we all can show documents that are good on one day and terrible the next. Who cares! I say if you want to read it then buy; otherwise leave it on the shelf.

I found it very hard to digest the rank disease we have within the martial arts and how many obtain it. If Ed Parker’s system was called "American Kenpo" some might read it twice and realize it comes from its roots in America. This is not Japanese Kenpo, Hawaiian Kenpo, or any other pseudonym. We applaud our beginnings as Ed Parker did in his beginnings to the Chow line and Mitose lineage, but it was given the name Ed Parker’s American Kenpo for a reason and we must keep that in mind. The unique thing is we have brothers, sisters and many cousins in Chile, Ireland, United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, Alaska, Mexico, and others to be very proud of. I call them family and am always honored to be invited by them to share my piece of the puzzle.

Over the years I have met some very special people who have become extended family such as Vivion Spain (Ireland), Jamie Seabrook (Canada), Kevin and Jenni Mills (United Kingdom) Thomas Kozitzky(Germany), Marcel DeJong (Netherlands), Roberto Vidal (Chile), and many others who stay in touch as well.

I’m a Professional in my career of teaching in Florida alone now for over 26 years. I teach almost 7 days a week with a schedule of 10 am-10 pm and have become an international facilitator. I can communicate my skill verbally as well as physically to a captured audience and can say with honor, I have the ability to address all ages from as young as 4 years old up to the levels of advanced black belts through my years of education. That education was my journey of being with some of the best of the best in their particular fields of expertise. This is better known as schooling yourself to have the ability to say, I am a professor, because I earned it and can demonstrate the skills, not because I have had X amount of birthdays or because I have stepped in or around the Kenpo arena on a few occasions.

I just read on a recent email sent to Mr. Pick where some so called master called him Mike. This is a sign of disrespect bottom line. I never called Mr. Parker Ed even though it was his name. I will never ever call my teacher Mike, and never have heard Wes Idol, Vinny, Marcus, or quite honestly Rainer Schulte say his name without proper etiquette.

The Kenpo community has new 8th-9th and 10th degrees almost monthly now. The youtube advertising, forums, and web sites all feature many with DVD’s and comments such as being former rangers, featured magazine cover holders and in high demand in the United States or globally and the fact is their con artists selling themselves with self made credentials.

One does not get rank or receive Hall of Fame awards by sending in coupons or filling out an application and sending in their $199 entry fee, or by rallying up their own students for new candy cane stripes on a beltyou are reviewed by your peers. This once happened in my living room with Mr.Dave Hebler as he was living with me at the time and I received the call. Mr. Hebler was so hurt and offended by the call he disbanded his organization O.A.K.K.A. because it lacked the loyalty he was hoping for. Not saying all were not up to par, but not enough to maintain the respect and history he brought to the table.

Kenpo is a generic term and we must educate those that Ed Parker was a figure head in the martial arts world. Many needed to have him in their cour
t for notoriety and for the ability like in other countries you must have affiliation to your training or you were not allowed to teach. The words credibility and authenticity are a serious undertaking and people like Mr. Pick, and many of the other first thru last generations of SGM Ed Parker’s disciples, must be careful not to prostitute themselves for the almighty dollar and give away or sell cheap our art as a cheap art. Please restrain yourself from letting this get out of hand as we are in a delicate situation.

A gathering is in place for a few of us to visit Ireland to repair a broken bridge that is over something that is more cultural pain than international pain. I only hope my Irish roots and adopted brother Vivion Spain can lead me through the "Irish Pub" wars that get stirred up as I am not a heavy drinker but enjoy watching my Irish roots beer-spar and I can be a awesome spectator of the events as they allow my handshake to a new friendship.

If anyone can make this happen I can say with confidence behind it will be 2 people with diplomacy in their monotone and that is my brother Wes Idol and my mentor "Senior Teaching Black Belt Mr. Michael Robert Pick" let’s bring peace back to our arena….TCB!

Relationships – Keeping them real

On my Journey, I have seen many people suffer from bad relationships and a few keep it alive and thriving. It doesn’t matter if it’s in your personal relationship with a friend, teacher, or significant other(male/female), relationships are built on trust. Trial and tribulations are common ground and constant communication is a must between all parties.

There comes a time in your life where you need to take a moment and ask yourself is this where I want to be? Is this a healthy place to be for my goals to be reached, or does it seem that I am just spinning my wheels and giving more than what is being returned as a healthy investment.

The martial arts are a place where many have found to reconnect what has been broken in their lives. Children, teenagers and adults all need to be nurtured through peaks and valleys and need to rebuild confidence and self-esteem through some spiritual balance.

The world is filled with crime, abuse, neglect, and other things that cause a person to seek counsel. We need balance in our lives both mentally and physically. The martial arts give us that. A recent colleague of mine took notice to a recent class I was teaching and said this, WOW, it is amazing to watch the full package of your philosophy as you share your knowledge to your students.He commented on saying I give a full spectrum of life’s lessons for a small investment but the return is like a jewel with value far past the eyes of the beholder.

He was impressed with the mix of education on a physical, mental and spiritual level. He noticed the inspiration of a motivational tone much like a professional coach who teaches his team the ability to go the extra mile and see the investment would protect their own lives, their children and those who are of weaker ability.

Like many of you, I have my own dark days and must dig deep down to find the flame to re-light and realize many rely on me for my teaching skills, counsel, and ability to push them the extra mile to become over achievers in their Journey.

I have had many relationships and even a recent one that was pretty devastating to get through. When you Love someone it is hard to let go knowing you cannot fix everything no matter how much you try. If you give it youre all and God knows youre sincere in your attempt then you just have to realize you have done your best and that is all that counts!

Friends and family are what you make of it. If it is broken try to fix it or at least come to terms with it. I will not give up my Integrity or character for anyone or for anything. I will step up to the plate to defend my honor and to aid in my families who need me as a support system. Some are not so fortunate and others come from a broken heart from childhood and leave as a victim.

I think loyalty, devotion and love is a common glue of long term relationships both personally and professionally. Organizationally we have a special bond with many of our immediate members and there are few who need to make the effort and step up to the plate and build their relationships closer to us rather than just sport the logo.

Today I ask you to forgive someone who has hurt you, or call an old friend and tell them you were thinking of them. I strongly believe when making relationships you must like them first before you say you love them. And don’t be surprised by the return response you sometime will get when you say to a friend or family member, "I Love You" and you get nothing back on the return. This is okay because you took the action first and were brave enough to say it, feel it and then share it! Some will never ever get it.

To all of you reading this thank you for the years of support and the dedication in our relationship as we have each other to assist us when the "Tide is High" and the "Weather is Dark"…..I salute you all….TCB

Guardian Angels Newsbrief

From May 2009

Members of the Guardian Angels came together on May 2, 2009, to pay tribute to the passing of Mildred Horton. She was 90 years young and was a woman with outstanding qualities from working with the original company of Walmart to supporting her son Steve Horton who has been a Guardian Angel for over 10 years serving the area of Port St.Lucie, Florida to many other cities throughout South Florida.

The pastor giving the service was Pastor Wendell Hilderman who gave a touching and peaceful speech as he announced that two days before giving his service he was looking over the web site of Michael Miller’s Kenpo Dojo and was taken by the very words that Mr.Miller had said that knowing the martial arts means nothing if you do not believe in Jesus.

Pastor Hilderman is not only a Pastor of his Church but also a Kenpo student at the Kelley Karate Center in which he trains personally with Professor Sean Kelley , and also takes private lessons from Black Belt instructor Mr. Brian Phelan.

I was asked to speak before the Church about Mildred and I was Honored to have been chosen by Steve Horton the son of this awesome mother, grandmother, friend and supporter of all the Guardian Angels she has gotten to know over the years.

Wearing the colors of the Red Beret and T-shirt is a symbol of giving your devotion into making a difference in your communities, let it be for changing the minds of our youth, speaking at schools, or attending funeral services in bowing our heads before those who have been lifted by God and now will watch over us as they too are now in better hands than before. The photo attached shows how we are looked at as "Angels" and prayer is a way of having a communication with yourself and to whom your faith is with.

This letter is dedicated to the many who attended this service, not as a sad moment, but a celebration of a 90 year "young" woman who impacted many and left smiles and tears on all who will keep special memories of happiness going and to say….save me a spot we will soon see you again and carry the mission to the next step into the Gates of Heaven…..GOD BLESS!

Back on Track

From the Archives

We apologize for such a delay with the Presidents Letter and the Articles on this site. Michael Miller has been extremely busy with the two year project of the first biography in the "Legends of Kenpo" series featuring Master Rainer Schulte, which was revealed at the Florida Camp this past February.

We are proud of Michael Miller for what he has accomplished with this enduring project of history. The book turned out amazing and is set as a documented piece of Kenpo history with more legends to follow. We have had numerous testimonials from people in Europe and the United States stating that they could not put the book down. For more information on the book and how to order it, click the Legends of Kenpolink on this site or go to www.millersdojo.com. Next on the list of biographies is Grandmaster Michael Robert Pick.

I must also apologize for my absence as my Fianc? has been very ill and I have been spending as much time daily as I can putting our lives in the position of priority about her health. I want to thank many of you for being there for both of us under stressful times.

We are proud to announce that Kenpo Legend Master Rainer Schulte has become our new CKF Vice President since our good Kenpo friend Dave Hebler has stepped down, and moved back to Nevada to put all his focus on his "Gift of Power" program with him back to Nevada. We wish him nothing but luck and good grace with his endeavors.

We are honored that Mr. Schulte stepped up as he wanted a way to stay active with administration and counsel, and even though he has announced his teaching retirement, it will not stop him from being around the Kenpo Community. He will enjoy his retirement with his wife Brigitte and their dog Rudy.

Guardian Angels Receive Donation

 

From August 2008

There comes a time when you realize there are many out there who still care about the mission of living a life of a crime free society. Many will talk a good talk, but few will "Walk the real Walk." I want to take a moment to thank a few people who banned together and sent a kind donation to me for the crime fighting team the "Guardian Angels" who I have been a big supporter now for over 22 years. As a former member, training consultant and close friend to its founder Curtis Sliwa, I have gone all over the world sharing my faith in this organization as I travel internationally teaching seminars.

My trip last month to Santiago, Chile led me to the understanding that they too have found a great interest in this organization as a deterrent for our youth who have been influenced by gangs, drugs and other acts of crime only to "Step up as leaders of tomorrow through role models such as the Guardian Angelsand it’s leader Curtis Sliwa have demonstrated since February 13, 1979.

An extended thanks goes out to the following people and groups who came together and sent a kind donation to this organization for which I’m honored to have been so proud of being a part of: Communications Workers of America (CWA) , Pa. Local 13000 Unit 22, Branches 2 & 7; Kevin Kuliga C/O Independent Kenpo & Arnis of Martial Arts Green Lane, Pa; Kurt Snyder C/O All Star Kenpo, Quakertown, Pa; and Chris Genell C/O Empty Hands Karate, Elkins Park, Pa.

I thank you all for believing in the cause to care and to carry on the motto "Dare to Care" as spoken by all of the many Guardian Angels who have been involved as volunteers since it’s beginningwe appreciate your gift of kindness.

The Future of Training and Direction

From July 2008

There comes a time in your life when you need to look in the mirror and decide what direction you want to go on your journey. After considerable thought and from speaking with both GM Dave Hebler and GM Michael Robert Pick, I have concluded that my focus will be toward my motivation and interest. As a full time school owner I have provided my time and wisdom for over 34 years as a martial artist and it is time to be more professional and time managed.

My secretary, also my Fiance, has brought up a valid point that I have neglected to pay attention too and I will not allow it any longer. With a busy schedule, I have allowed my time and energy to be interrupted at almost a 24 hour capability. My time is my livelihood and many have called for questions to be answered or resources to be found and most of the time no compensation has been brought forward. I will no longer allow this to happen.

As President of the CKF and owner of Kelley Karate Center my students are my customers and I will service their needs as able when I’m able to put my attention to the task. I will no longer be doing things in such a way that I just get taken advantage of or used for other people’s needs without being compensated as a professional in my field.

Recently I have contacted many of my current top students and made it known that my price scale of teaching and time will be updated since it has been the same rate for over 5 or more years. Experience is worth the price you pay. If you disagree, go somewhere else and get it!

In speaking to CKF members such as Kevin Kuliga, Bill Larson, Mike Miller, Mike Friedman, Brian Phelan, Tony Capone, Susan Jordan, Mike Miranda, Alfred Magnan, Blake Bannister, John Rhoads, Fred Mergen, Bill Celestino, Matt Camburn just to name a few, they have all said, Mr.Kelley we appreciate you and will support your needs so count us in and your decision.

To help with the problem of gas prices and a growing problem in the economy we have cut down our teaching staff at many of our events. We have also passed on the torch to a few others to handle the load of demand who have asked for seminars, step exams, private training and welcoming new arrivals into the CKF organization.

For now my travel will be to those who have been loyal and consistent with organizational scheduling. With GM Dave Hebler now being the manager of my studio and available to assist within the CKF structure, he will take on some of the load.

Mr.Pick has already been involved with our friends in the Cayman Islands who have joined his UKF organization making it a part of the growing Alliance.

I have been in touch with Dr. Brad Frazier with Warrior Scholar Kenpo from Cube, Missouri as he will be visiting my studio in the future with his Black belt teachers who have worked with the Lamkin brothers Eric and Kevin.

In speaking to Kurt Snyder his school is moving ahead with Associate Professor Kevin Kuliga keeping a watchful eye and helping out when it is needed. Kurt will soon be coming a CKF Charter school once he meets the required student count and we will announce that as time permits. Let’s all wish him the best as he is an awesome carrier of the Kenpo torch.

Last but not least keep your eyes open on upcoming events as we have seminars being hosted by our 3 M&M’s: Mike Friedman, Mike Miller and Mike Corsello www.chinesekaratefederation.com.

If anyone is looking to purchase the Kenpo Cargo Pants with the Logo down the leg please contact me as they are available and in limited quantity.