The Self Defense School Of Kenpo

Self Defense in empty hand, stick and edged weapons - Private Instruction - No Belt Testing Fee's - No Contracts


     The very early years of my Kenpo training occurred in Denver, Colorado cira in 1973.   At that time,  Denver was considered a Cow Town by the city East Coasters.  By 1975 Denver was becoming a Martial Arts town and it had some very big names. Or should I say Karate competitors that went on to develop into great Martial Artist and even entered T.V. and movies later on in their careers.

     Lets take a look at the Denver scene.  Al and Milia Dacascos opened up schools in Denver.  Tomas Connor and Ed Parker had a joint school called CO PAR.  Chris Trujille opened up two Tracy Karate Studios in the metro Denver area also. Chinese Kenpo and Kung -Fu was will represented to say the least.  The competition was fierce. Gil Transcosa, Rich Manetti, John Cochran,  Mike Radulovich were often winning or placing in Mens Fighting "Kumete"  against the Japanese and Korean  style Black belts. The Chinese styles were gaining respect in the open tournaments.

     Milia Dacascos trained two very excellent competitors,  Karen Shepard and Karyn Turner. These three women clearly  demonstrated  that the Martial Arts was not going to be only a Mans World for very long.  As a young competitor myself these women inspired me to be a better Forms competitor.  At the time I did not fully understand the importance of being there competing and witnessing these fine women Martial Artist. They moved out of the shadows and into the spot light. To say they were inspirational would be an understatement.

     As Time moved along I would own my own Kenpo studios  and train a number of women. Probably the best student I ever had was Eilene Wilde. She was a very good tournament competitor but more importantly she was a great instructor. She taught men, women and children.  Instructors may not be in the spot light but they generate their own kind of light, a light that their students remember long after the trophies they won along the way get broken, gather dust or just live in a dark closet.

     Today I watched Pat Tracy perform Eight Point Spear on a training tape that she and the late Al Tracy developed in the late 80s and in doing so  realized once again I was watching another woman Martial Artist who generated her own kind of light. Eight  Point Spear is no easy weapons form to perform. The shoulder rolls that are done with a spear in ones hands make it very challenging indeed. Many Martial Artist don't consider Pat Tracy a Martial Artist because they have never watched her perform Long 8, Staff Set or 8 Point Spear to name just a few Forms. Pat told me that she only competed one time in a tournament and therefore did not fall underneath the Winners Spotlight like so many other women tournament competitors have.  Believe me when I say,  Pat Tracy walked and generated her own kind light as a Martial Artist. She is alive and well in the Tracy System Instructional Video series. I am thankful for the quite role that she has played in the Martial Arts.