TCB Kenpo Crest


The TCB Kenpo crest was designed in 1999 by the Sean Kelley and the artwork was done by Ed Parker, Jr.  Every element of the design represents an aspect of the heritage, lineage or ideals of the Chinese Karate Federation.

 The TCB Kenpo Crest

The shape of the original Parker Crest was meant to represent the outline of a Chinese temple. This signified protection as well as acknowledging the Chinese roots of American Kenpo Karate. The shape of the TCB crest maintains this tradition in honor of Grandmaster Parker, the founder of American Kenpo Karate.

The red borders, both inside and outside the piping, indicate the bloodline of the CKF’s lineage to Mr. Parker. The red also symbolizes the blood an individual is willing to spill in combat in the name of country, honor and courage.

The top of the patch represents the protective roof that shelters and draws together the members of the CKF family.

The sides are arched in the Chinese tradition to prevent evil spirits from entering.

The Tiger (physical strength) and the Dragon (spiritual strength) wrap around the clock. Both are in equal balance to show that physical and spiritual strength should be in balance and harmony in the Kenpo student. Tiger and Dragon both press their right sides into the clock, representing that Kenpo is a dominant right-sided system.

The Chinese characters are identical to those on the original Parker Crest. The writing on the right states the Law of the Fist, while the writing on the left indicates the spirit of the Tiger and Dragon.

The clock depicts the three paths of motion; horizontal, vertical and diagonal. The gray color symbolizes the brain, which must be used to understand the multidimensional nature of Kenpo.

The flame is symbolic of keeping the art alive and passing the torch to the next generation. The three tips on the flame represent the three levels of learning through which the student progresses; the primitive, the mechanical, and the spontaneous.

The CKF has strong ties to the legacy of Elvis Presley, an 8th Degree Black Belt under Grandmaster Ed Parker. Grandmaster Dave Hebler worked for several years as Elvis’s bodyguard. The lightning bolt was a symbol Elvis used to denote energy, spirit, charisma, and speed in meeting obligations. The lighting bolts on the TCB Crest honors these principles.

TCB was a favorite phrase of Elvis’s, and stands for “taking care of business.” In the TCB Crest, this means stepping up to the plate, taking responsibility, following through on obligations, and reacting quickly in battle. Ed Parker once said, “He who hesitates will meditate in a horizontal position.”

The letter “K” resting in the shape of the axe at the bottom of the crest represents the CKF’s Kenpo heritage and lineage.

The shape of the axe at the bottom of the crest indicates the protection we give our art. CKF members are loyal to each other, loyal to the CKF, and loyal to the art. Anyone who disrespects, embarrasses, or betrays the CKF will be “cut off” from the organization.

**The TCB Crest is owned and copyrighted by Sean Kelley and may not be worn, reproduced or copied without his express permission